Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of films do you show at the festival?
The Luang Prabang Film Festival only shows films from Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), and from across all genres. Currently, our main focus is feature films from these countries, but we also include sidebar programs of short film collections from Laos and the region.
How are the films selected?
Our program is curated by our Motion Picture Ambassador, who are film experts from around the region. They recommend to us the best recent films made in their respective countries, we work with the relevant filmmakers and distribution companies about their participation before our local Selection Committee and the Lao PDR’s Department of Cinema decide on the best program for each festival.
How do I submit my film to the festival?
As explained above, we do not have an open-call for submissions. However, if you have a film made in Southeast Asia that you would like us to consider for the festival, you may send a DVD to the address listed on our Contact page, and include this form in your package. If appropriate, we may share the title with your country's Motion Picture Ambassador for their consideration.
Attending the Festival
How do I book my travel arrangements to attend the festival?
Please see our Planning Your Visit page to contact Exo Travel, our Official Travel Partner, for all of your discounted flight, hotel, and tour booking needs. They have put together terrific and flexible packages for anyone interested in coming to the festival, including Patrons Tours, which give you VIP access to our events with a built-in donation!
Do I need to purchase or reserve tickets to the screenings?
All of our listed screenings and activities are free and open to the public. There are no tickets to reserve, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For our Day Venue screenings and panels, it is recommended that visitors arrive on time, if not early, as there is limited seating.
How can I get from one festival venue to another?
Luang Prabang is a very small town, and our main venues are just a few minutes' walk away from each other. However, every fifteen minutes, a free shuttle is available to bring guests between the two venues. Most of our Films Around Town locations are also accessible by foot, though the town has bicycles for rent and affordable tuk-tuks for hire, as well. In addition, many hotels offer shuttle and transportation services for their guests.
Is parking available at the venues?
There is free street parking available at most times. During the evening screenings at our Night Venue, supervised parking is available across the street at the Tourist Information Center.
Do the films have subtitles?
All of our films are screened in their native languages with English subtitles.
Are there restroom facilities at the venues?
All of our venues have restroom facilities. There is a small fee to use the public restroom at the Night Venue, which is located behind the screen.
Is food available to purchase at the venues?
There are food and drinks available for purchase at both our Day Venue and Night Venue. Grab dinner at our evening market and eat at your seats!
Does the festival sell DVDs of the films it screens?
Currently, we do not sell any DVDs of the films in our program. We suggest contacting the distribution companies directly for information on where to make these purchases.
Am I able to volunteer at the festival?
We'd love your help, both during the festival and throughout our planning stages. Please get in touch, and let us know your availability and if you have any relevant skills or experience that you think would benefit the project.
How can my company or organization become a sponsor?
Please see our Corporate Sponsorship page for more information about supporting the activities of the festival. We welcome the assistance of all kinds of organizations, and have several levels to match a range of budgets.
Can I make a donation to the festival?
Yes, and we'd appreciate it very much! Donations can be made via a variety of methods through the Luang Prabang Fund for Culture and Conservation, and all US-based contributions are tax-deductible. Please see our Individual Donations page for more information.