The Luang Prabang Film Festival was founded in 2010 by Gabriel Kuperman, an American expat who had a strong passion for both film and this old capital city. The festival was run by an organized group called The Not-For-Profit Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF). The 3rdyear of this festival was held in December 1-5, 2012. Now in its 3rd year, the festival has grown strongly with the collaboration from movie fanatics in Southeast Asia and Western filmmakers. From the field study trip to the latest event, it was found that there were 3 main activities provided, including the selection of twenty-eight Southeast Asian films from 9 countries to showcase, the film-making workshop, and the film discussion forums. All of these activities were funded by companies, organizations, foreign embassies, and online donation campaign through kickstarter.com. The festival also received help from film distribution companies, hotels and local restaurants in facilitating the screening activities and space, as well as, the government sector, Lao Department of Cinema that supported and helped facilitate in the festival. The objectives of this festival were to promote cultural expression, mutual exchange, sustainable industry, diversity and education. However, the most important outgrowth received from this festival was the tourism promotion that helped make Luang Prabang a lively and better known city among foreign tourists.
Nattapong Yamcharoen, Kasembundit University, Thailand
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