IUCN presented awards to winners of Goethe-Institut' SEADocs

SEADocs – The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award is a competition to encourage the art of documentary filmmaking in the region as a platform to engage with pressing social and environmental issues.

Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group presented the award to the first place winner, Polen Ly from Cambodia. His winning short film is Gone with the Water.

The 2012 competition invites students aged 18 – 28 in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to submit a portfolio of their work and a motivational essay (pitch) on making a film under the theme “H2O: Sink or Swim”.

The winners for this year are:

  • First place: Gone with the Water by Polen Ly, Cambodia
  • Second place: Rasesalai by Narong Srisopap, Thailand
  • Third place: Rain Harvest by Khin Sina, Cambodia

The three regional winners are selected by an international jury and receive a cash prize of $500 each. Furthermore, the first place winner receives a grant of up to $5,000 to produce a feature length documentary in 2013.

SEADocs is part of the ASEAN Science Film Festival. The event has continued its extraordinary growth, reaching over 350,000 visitors in 2012 – smashing the previous record. It not only confirms, but truly cements the festival’s position as the most visited scientific film festival in the world and a significant cultural and educational initiative in the Southeast Asia region.



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