FreedomFilmFestival (FFF) is Malaysia’s most established annual human rights film festival. We adopt the themes encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We believe that the protection of basic human rights is the foundation for genuine justice, peace, equality and democracy.
How We Started
The FreedomFilmFest was launched in 2003 with the festival tag line, “Dare To Document”. This tag line represents the spirit of the festival – to encourage filmmakers to document and share their stories without fear or hesitation.We started as predominantly a human rights documentary film festival whereby documentary films take centre stage together with a smaller selection of short fiction or feature films with strong human rights themes. This focus on documentaries is a response to the lack of support and promotion of documentaries/non fiction and social filmmaking in Malaysia compared to the more popular and commercially viable feature and fiction film making.
Established in 1993, KOMAS has been the pioneer NGO in Malaysia dedicated to using creative and participative methodology in human rights education.
Apart from the FreedomFilmFest, KOMAS actively advocates for Democracy and Equality through its ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ programme on non-discrimination, and its ‘Citizenship and Voter education’ programme. KOMAS has a close partnership with several GRASSROOTS COMMUNITIES namely the Indigenous People and also urban poor sectors whereby we assist in COMMUNITY ORGANISING TRAINING and also ADVOCACY of their issues.
Learn more at http://komas.org
To create a vital platform for filmmakers and activists to showcase human rights films and advocate their causes to the Malaysian public. These films are often unseen by the public due to little commercial backing and the control of mainstream media.
To encourage the Malaysian public to use the video medium as a tool for social documentation and film-making. Technological advances have brought about a democratising effect to film-making in recent years; with a video camera in hand, any individual or community can share their story in the way they want to tell it, and express their skills and passion to produce socially relevant films.
To help to build the culture of documenting or telling stories about our own social realities, and via screenings and discussions, to develop a better understanding of human rights as a framework to understand and solve issues around us.
DARE TO DOCUMENT.
Festival Manager (Programme)
Festival Manager (Finance)
Board of Director
Tan Jo Hann
Board of Director