People and Nature in southeast asia

From the sky to the mountains, forests to mangroves, fields to orchards and animals to insects, what is the relationship between people and nature in Southeast Asia? How do people connect with their environments? In what ways do they think about, feel, touch, speak and share their surroundings in their societies, and through their cultures?

We are accepting short documentaries from young filmmakers to reflect on people and nature in Southeast Asia. Submissions of up to 25 minutes can be on any topic that touches upon Southeast Asian’s relationships to nature in the region. Themes can include human/animal interactions, environmental issues, protection, natural disasters, conservation and biodiversity.



Applicants must be Southeast Asian nationals based in an ASEAN country. Documentaries should be no longer than 25 minutes. Directors should make sure they have permission from any subjects that appear in the movies. Likewise, translation and subtitling is also the responsibility of director(s). A synopsis (no longer than 700 words) that describes the documentary, its background and the purpose of making it should accompany the documentary. Applicants should also submit a C.V. All submitted documentaries will be uploaded to a website for public viewing.

A committee of the Center will select five successful documentaries, and invite the director(s) of each movie to Kyoto, Japan for a movie screening and presentation at an international forum. The Center will cover costs of travel to Japan, and their stay in Kyoto.

The five documentaries will be archived in our library (with the permission of the director(s)) and will be made available on-line on the Center’s website. Copyright remains with the director of the documentary at all times.

The Center will not fund any requests for production funds, the purchase of recording equipment or editing software.

For any inquiries on the above please contact the following person.

Mario Lopez marioivanlopez[@] (please replace [at] with @)
6 copies in DVD format must be submitted along with a link to an uploaded copy accessible online.

Mario Lopez Associate Professor
Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
Kyoto University
46 Shimoadachi-cho Yoshida, Sakyoku
Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

We are accepting applications until 21 October 2014. DEADLINE EXTENSION to October 23, 2014.
Finalists will be announced on the 17 November 2014.

Conditions for uploading films

(1) Films that are uploaded should not infringe upon the rights or interests of personal or organizational copyright holders.
 a. Any background music (BGM) included in films must be copyright free or have the prior permission of copyright holders to use in said films.
 b. For any images from cartoons, literature, television or films, directors must make sure that copyright has been transferred from those that own them.
 c. Directors must have permission from persons in film and permission to shoot film.

(2) Films must be produced in accordance with their purposes and not defame the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).

(3) Films must be submitted in a format supported by YouTube.


Online Application

We are no longer accepting applications. Successful applicants will be contacted by mid- November.



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