Freedom Film Fellowship is a programme to nurture and support Malaysian filmmakers who are passionate to tell human rights, social justice and freedom of expression stories.  ©

Freedom Film Network

In partnership with Freedom Film Network, European Union Commission and Goethe Institut Malaysia, British Council Malaysia is supporting the Freedom Film Fellowship that aims to nurture and support Malaysian filmmakers who are passionate to tell human rights, social justice and freedom of expression stories.

The fellowship provides 15 emerging and mid-career filmmakers the opportunity to learn from international industry experts on how to produce creative, cinematic and character-driven stories. Selected fellows will attend masterclasses throughout a 10-month period, covering a range of documentary filmmaking syllabus from both theoretical and practical aspects.

On top of receiving tailored mentorship and networking opportunities, fellows will also have the chance to pitch for a grant worth up to RM80,000 and impact monitoring from Doc Society to go towards their film project.

Freedom Film Network is a Malaysian non-profit body established to support and develop social documentary filmmaking within the context of freedom of expression and values contained in the Universal declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Malaysia. It is a community and engagement-driven network of social filmmakers who believe that social documentaries can contribute to a more just, equal and peaceful world. 

Founded in 2005, Doc Society is a UK non-profit organisation committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Bringing people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film, Doc Society stands in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally.

Launch of the Freedom Film Fellowship programme and announcement of 2023's cohort of fellows. ©

British Council Malaysia


Applicants of all experience levels are welcome, including educators who are in the position to teach social filmmaking to students.

  • Emerging to mid-career filmmakers
  • Activist/ community filmmakers
  • Educators from film faculties
  • Applicants must be able to commit to participate in all fellowship activities throughout February - November 2023

Key Dates

  • Open for applications: 13 February 2023
  • Application deadline: 24 February 2023
  • Launch and announcement of fellows: 27 February 2023
  • First masterclass: 28 February - 1 March 2023
  • Second masterclass: 23 - 27 March 2023
  • Third masterclass: 1 - 6 April 2023
  • Next masterclasses: May - November 2023 (Dates TBC)

Visit Freedom Film Network's website to learn more about the fellowship's selected fellows and trainers.

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