Lao Filmmakers Fund

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Fund Description

Founded and operated by the Luang Prabang Film Festival, the Lao Filmmakers Fund is the country’s first and only regular granting system specifically for making film. The Fund is publicly generated, and allows Lao filmmakers to apply for small grants to help make their film projects possible.

Grants are currently available once per year, and successful projects are chosen by the Luang Prabang Film Festival’s Board of Directors, based on the merits of the project, as well as an organized and feasible budget and plan for execution.

Support for the 2016, 2018, and 2019 cycles of the Lao Filmmakers Fund come from Oxfam International, which, as part of its mission, works to provide opportunities that allow for real participation of vulnerable communities in civil society.

For the 2018 year, the maximum grant request was $15,000 USD (roughly 125,000,000.00 kip), though that does not guarantee that any one project will be given this amount. The number of grants will depend on amount of funding requested and awarded.

How to Apply

The application window is currently closed. Check back for the next application cycle in mid-2019.

2018 Recipients

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.

A fiction film about a road trip with Khaun, a woman seeking revenge for her best friend, and Khai, a man with the ability to foresee the end of relationships. This team is also experimenting with a business model that promises the crew shares of the film's box office revenue in order to circumvent pursuing commercial sponsorship to support production and crew fees.

Vannaphone Sitthirath

A fiction film about a road trip with Khaun, a woman seeking revenge for her best friend, and Khai, a man with the ability to foresee the end of relationships. This team is also experimenting with a business model that promises the crew shares of the film’s box office revenue in order to circumvent pursuing commercial sponsorship to support production and crew fees.
A short fiction film about two young boys struggling to maintain their friendship despite diverging life paths. Somchit’s story features Khmu characters, giving screen time to an ethnic group that is not often represented in Lao film. As part of Somchit’s project, LPFF will pair him with established filmmakers that can join his crew and mentor him through the production process.

Somchit Kittisak

A short fiction film about two young boys struggling to maintain their friendship despite diverging life paths. Somchit’s story features Khmu characters, giving screen time to an ethnic group that is not often represented in Lao film. As part of Somchit’s project, LPFF will pair him with established filmmakers that can join his crew and mentor him through the production process.
A feature-length coming-of-age family drama about a Hmong sister and brother and their efforts to earn money and honor for their family by grooming a bull into a prize fighter. The funds will go into the pre-production stage of this story by supporting the extensive primary research of Hmong experiences.

Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

A feature-length coming-of-age family drama about a Hmong sister and brother and their efforts to earn money and honor for their family by grooming a bull into a prize fighter. The funds will go into the pre-production stage of this story by supporting the extensive primary research of Hmong experiences.

2016 Recipients

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.

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.

"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 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.

"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.
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.

"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.
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.

"An Unlikely Friendship," 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.

2015 Recipients

A short drama about the conflict between two students from different backgrounds in the same class, "Candlelight" is a project by the Savannakhet University Movie Club. This student-run group consists of Mass Media and English students who work together to make short films and learn about writing and shooting movies. This will be the second film the team has made together.

"Candlelight," Suliyachak Phuntulad

A short drama about the conflict between two students from different backgrounds in the same class, “Candlelight” is a project by the Savannakhet University Movie Club. This student-run group consists of Mass Media and English students who work together to make short films and learn about writing and shooting movies. This will be the second film the team has made together.
In "The Long Walk," a subsistence farmer, living on the fringes of rural Laos, develops an obsession with the amnesiac spirit of an accident victim that haunts the dirt road where she died. Continuing with her favored theme of the supernatural, this will be the Lao-American director's third feature film. Her sophomore title, "Dearest Sister," screened at the 2015 festival.

"The Long Walk," Mattie Do

In “The Long Walk,” a subsistence farmer, living on the fringes of rural Laos, develops an obsession with the amnesiac spirit of an accident victim that haunts the dirt road where she died. Continuing with her favored theme of the supernatural, this will be the Lao-American director’s third feature film. Her sophomore title, “Dearest Sister,” screened at the 2015 festival.

2014 Recipients

Those Below is a fictional drama highlighting the effects of the secret war in Laos. Although the war ended more than four decades ago, its legacies remain and continue to haunt those involved and affected – be it Lao villagers living in the UXO-contaminated areas or veterans in the USA. Currently studying in New York, Xaisongkham will return to Laos with a small team to shoot this film, his thesis project.

"Those Below," Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

Those Below is a fictional drama highlighting the effects of the secret war in Laos. Although the war ended more than four decades ago, its legacies remain and continue to haunt those involved and affected – be it Lao villagers living in the UXO-contaminated areas or veterans in the USA. Currently studying in New York, Xaisongkham will return to Laos with a small team to shoot this film, his thesis project.
A short documentary about freerunning, this film will highlight a new sport that is currently popular amongst young Lao. Freerunning requires physical strength, constant practice, speed, agility, and extreme flips. Vilayphong plans to shoot much of his film with a flying drone, against a background of important historical and cultural sites around Laos.

"An Unlikely Friendship," Vilayphong Phongsavanh

A short documentary about freerunning, this film will highlight a new sport that is currently popular amongst young Lao. Freerunning requires physical strength, constant practice, speed, agility, and extreme flips. Vilayphong plans to shoot much of his film with a flying drone, against a background of important historical and cultural sites around Laos.

2013 Recipients

Telling the fictional story of Mr.Leum, an older fisherman living in the 4000 Island in Southern Laos, this film is about the differing perspectives of older and younger generations in Laos today regarding what is important in life. While many people believe that possession of material things will make them happy, others prefer to live a quiet life and feel content with what they have.

"Against the Tide," Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

Telling the fictional story of Mr.Leum, an older fisherman living in the 4000 Island in Southern Laos, this film is about the differing perspectives of older and younger generations in Laos today regarding what is important in life. While many people believe that possession of material things will make them happy, others prefer to live a quiet life and feel content with what they have.
This documentary project will address the issue of young women who come from other provinces to work in Laos' capital city of Vientiane. These women often take jobs in factories, but then the need for quick money to support themselves and their families drives them to seek other sources of income.

"The Choices," Phonevilay Keopaseuth

This documentary project will address the issue of young women who come from other provinces to work in Laos’ capital city of Vientiane. These women often take jobs in factories, but then the need for quick money to support themselves and their families drives them to seek other sources of income.