The First American Film Week in Laos

American Film Week Laos
The US Embassy and the Luang Prabang Film Festival have joined forces to produce Laos’ first American Film Week, which will take place May 6-10, 2013.  In addition to nightly screenings on the Mekong Riverfront, several American experts will have travelled to Laos to lead discussions on different aspects of the film industry.  These discussions are free and open to the public, and will be held at Chanthapanya Hotel (next to the Culture Hall) every day at 5:30pm.  Notably, two of those visitors will come as part of the American Film Showcase, an program of the US State Department: Mary Sweeney, who is David Lynch’s longtime editor and producer, and Eric Neudel, who has made a fantastic documentary about the disability rights movement in the United States.

One month ago, the organizers of the American Film Week launched a contest for filmmakers in Laos to submit their own public service announcements about the importance of intellectual property rights.  After reviewing all of the impressive submissions, US Ambassador Karen Stewart chose the three short films which got the message across in a clear manner, were creative, and well-executed.  The makers of the winning films will receive $1000, $750, and $500, respectively.  Those PSAs will be shown at the opening of the American Film Week on May 6th, while the other submissions will also be showcased throughout the week.

After spending five days celebrating the American film industry, its cultural and economic benefits, the American Film Week will turn the focus to the importance of supporting the domestic industry by holding the Lao Filmmakers Fund Mixer at Lao Plaza on May 11th at 7pm.  The latest initiative of the Luang Prabang Film Festival, the Lao Filmmakers Fund allows local artists to apply for small grants to help make their film projects possible.  The Mixer will be a terrific networking event for anyone interested in supporting the filmmaking community in Laos. Tickets are available at the American Film Week and at Sengdara Fitness for a nominal donation of 95,000 kip, and 100% of these proceeds will go directly into the Fund.  Food, drinks, and terrific live entertainment will be provided at this new premier event on the Vientiane cultural calendar.

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American Film Week Laos

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