About this campaign
Cambodia is a rapidly developing country and in the past decade has seen impressive advancements in infrastructure, technology and economic progress. The arts, especially film, however, have lagged behind due to their intrinsic nature of being classified as a luxury rather than a priority need. Film is the most expensive to produce and requires skill sets which are still rudimentary in Cambodia; therefore, there has been slow progress and as yet there is no formal funding support for filmmakers.
Hence, there is an urgent need for projects such as the Cambodia Film Fund which can support young filmmakers in Cambodia who have creative stories to tell but require creative support and funding to bring those to the screen.
This is an innovative way to get youngCambodians to be involved in the creation of new films by young people. Funding is the biggest barrier to films being made in Cambodia since most people have to rely on their own pockets to make the films. This results in very few films being made, and even among the films that are made, due to the low budgets, the quality is low and the stories are unambitious.
In the past few years there has been a tremendous increase in the number of film theatres showing mostly western and foreign films. The audience has also increased due to higher spending capacity among the youth and heightened interest in watching films in settings that match international standards. But although the quality and standard of cinemas has improved substantially, the quality and quantity and films made locally have not. There is a great need to improve the film industry through the creation of quality films that can generate interest and income within the country as well as abroad.
The Cambodia Film Fund is a solution to this as it not only offers funding but also capacity strengthening for potential filmmakers which can make a difference in improving the quality of the films and subsequently garner reputation and income for the filmmakers.
Objectives and Plans
1. Start a social media campaign to initiate conversations about the Cambodian film industry, the situation so far, and what solutions can be enacted to improve the film scenario.
2. Conduct research among young filmmakers what they would like to learn to improve their skills.
3. Establish a resource center (including a library of books and films) that gathers information about opportunities for film funding, training, fellowships, festivals and competitions and distribute the information to filmmakers through a regular online newsletter.
4. Develop a website that disseminates relevant and current information on filmmaking. This also doubles as the repository of current films being made.
5. Recruit experienced trainers and mentors who develop a training package covering key fundamental skillsets.
6. Launch and conduct regular training and mentorship programmes.
7. Develop a criteria and required steps for funding eligibility.
8. Convene a jury for judging proposals for funding.
9. Launch a Scriptwriting competition from which the winning scripts are awarded to be made into films.
10. Fund the winning films from the Scriptwriting competition. Fund other deserving films.
11. Submit the best films to international film festivals. When necessary, provide funding for the filmmaker to be present.
12. Partner with international film showcase websites like Viddsee.com and disseminate Cambodian films internationally.
The Cambodia Film Fund funding target includes money that will be distributed to filmmakers to make their short films.
The funding required is to cover the following:
- personnel to manage the Film Fund
- development of a training package for young filmmakers
- training and mentoring for young filmmakers
- budgets for film production
- budgets for marketing and distribution of films
- funds for filmmakers to attend film festivals
Total budget: $66,500.
- Website - $2,000.
- Resource center - $5,000.
- Personnel (2 pax, 6 months) - $6,000.
- Outreach activities - $2,000.
- Training activities - $20,000.
- Funding for films (ten short films) - $20,000.
- Funding for festival attendance (two pax) - $6,000.
- Marketing of films - $5,000.
- Communication (phone, internet, social media) - $500.
When each phase is funded the activity will be implemented and updates will be released to the funders before, during and after each phase.
All activities will be reported through social media on a regular basis. The budget breakdown will be shared on both the Cambodia Film Fund website and Cambodia Film Fund Facebook page. Funders can see exactly where the money is going. When the money is expended, we will release updates of expenditure at periodic intervals along with pictures and videos to showcase the work being done.
The Team (Who we are)
The Cambodia Film Fund is an undertaking of ComeTogether, a social enterprise and cooperative initiated by film, media and communications professionals. The ComeTogether team consists of award-winning filmmakers who have produced highly appreciated films and TV series and worked extensively with the best professionals in the country. Chhay Bora, the President of the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia, will chair the Cambodia Film Fund supported by other up-and-coming names in the industry.
Chhay Bora - Best Director, 4th Cambodia National Film Awards 2015
3.5, Lost Loves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLpa0CMgPkI
Sothea Ines - Writer/Director; Winner, Tropfest SEA 2014
Chap Somchanrith - Writer/Director; Director of the Year, Cambodian International Film Festival 2015
Loy9, Love9, Fistful of Pebbles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GHn_M8jRfY
Chey Sambath - Writer/Producer/Director; Director of the Year, Cambodian International Film Festival 2014
Loy9, Love9, Down this Road https://vimeo.com/125892335
Chhin Sothea - Writer/Producer/Director; Audience Choice Award, Tropfest SEA 2015.
Loy9, Love9, The Scavenger https://www.viddsee.com/video/the-scavenger/lvelk
Love 2 the power of 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hmpS68rSbE
We will invite other prominent figures in the film industry to join the Board. We will recruit leading industry professionals to become mentors and trainers. Linkages will be made with other individuals, organisations and government departments working in the related field for advice and support.
We will recruit three persons working in the field of film to manage the various departments. Communication and social media support will be provided by the ComeTogether media team and associates.
WE THANK ALL THE SUPPORTERS OF THIS FILM FUND! YOU ARE ALL CHAMPIONS OF CREATIVITY AND CULTURE!
LET'S COME TOGETHER TO TAKE CAMBODIA'S FILMMAKING TALENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL!