These are the Winners at Luang Prabang Film Festival

These are the Winners at Luang Prabang Film Festival

The Luang Prabang Film Festival, a boutique event showcasing emerging cinematic voices from Southeast Asia, wrapped up its eighth annual edition this week. 

Held annually amid the historic Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang, Laos, a UNESCO World Heritage town, this year's LPFF featured an expanded lineup of 32 feature films, four programs of shorts, exhibitions and performances, and a talent lab hosted by the Tribeca Film Institute. 

The event's big winner, Redha, follows the story of Alina and Razlan, who discover that their only son is autistic and must confront the harsh realities of raising a child disabled by a condition they know little about. 

Luang Prabang Film Festival. Image:
Luang Prabang Film Festival. Image:

It stars Namron, June Lojong, Remy Ishak and Harith Haziq. At the 29th Malaysia Film FestivalRedha received awards for Best Actor (Namron), Best Actress (June) and Best Child Actor (Harith). The event also saw Tunku Mona Riza receiving the Best New Director award.

According to a press statement, the winning film was decided by a five-star online rating system where viewers submit their score of a film after its screening.  

Star2 reports Redha beat entries like crime thriller Bad Genius (Thailand), action movie Jailbreak (Cambodia) and Cemetery Of Splendour (Thailand) for the Audience Choice Award.

Remy Ishak plays a swimming instructor who strikes a bond with Daniel in Redha. Image:
Remy Ishak plays a swimming instructor who strikes a bond with Daniel in Redha. Image:

Filmmakers in attendance included Anocha Suwichakornpong (“By the Time it Gets Dark”), Sompot Chidgasornpongse (“Railway Sleepers”), Boonsong Nakphoo (“Wandering’), Laddawan Rattanadilokchai (“The Couple”), Sakchai Deenan (the upcoming “Memories of New Years’), and Sanchai Chotirosseranee (Thai Film Archive, representing “Santi-Vina”).

Other discussions included one on Muslim voices in cinema, and another on documentary film making.

According to Variety, the festival put on a second edition of the LPFF Talent Lab, its ASEAN-focused film project market. Lao-Filipino drama, “Raising A Beast” was selected by a jury as the winner and will next travel to the 2018 edition of the Tribeca festival. 

Another project, “Cat Island,” pitched by writer-director Siege Ledesma and producer Ang Alemberg, received $10,000 as an award from the Aurora Media film fund.

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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