grant recipients 2016

Presenting the four outstanding projects to receive 2016 grants from the Lao Filmmakers Fund, selected by the Luang Prabang Film Festival’s Board of Directors! Many thanks to Oxfam International for generously providing a $15,000 contribution to this year’s grant cycle, allowing for multiple projects to become realized.

Let’s Love

Dorn Bouttasing

A fiction film about Mai, a young woman learning to navigate a society that is not accepting of her sexuality. This film aims to bring attention to the difficulties that LGBTQ people in Laos face. Dorn plans to shoot much of her film in her hometown Xiengkhouang, to show the reality of LGBTQ communities in more remote areas of Laos.

A Melody of Change

Ka Xiong

A short film about a mysterious woman named Hongfa traveling through a remote village in Northern Laos, and how she uses music to bring together the divided Khmu and Hmong people of the village. As part of the film’s production process, musicians in the region will compose an original soundtrack, using traditional instruments and melodies.

Beyond the Power

Light Flare Team

A science fiction film about four teenagers with superpowers who team up to defeat an evil corporation in their plan to create an army of superhumans and start World War III. The Light Flare Team’s productions specialize in CGI effects, and director Palinya Sayyamoungkhoun recently won the Outstanding Technical Achievement award for his short film 300 Seconds at the Mini-Vientianale Film Festival.

An Unlikely Friendship

The Lao Children’s Workshop

A narrative film that follows three young friends and the journey they take to their different Khmu, Hmong, and Lao villages. The crew is composed of five young students from the Luang Prabang Orphanage School who recently screened five of their films at the Mini-Vientianale Film Festival’s Short Film Competition.