Langkawi Walk The Doc celebrates documentaries, storytelling

A documentary from Indonesia, 'Passage To Puya', that will be screened at the upcoming Langkawi Walk The Doc festival on Aug 22-24. Photo: Handout

The inaugural Langkawi Walk The Doc, an international documentary film festival forum, will gather filmmakers and documentary enthusiasts under one roof at Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang in Langkawi, Kedah on Aug 22-24.

It is initiated by Walkabout Asia, a Kuala Lumpur-based digital channel that focuses on travel videos and micro-documentaries about the places and people of Asia. Founded by Raja Badri and Nurashikin Zaharudin of Happy Campers Productions, ​​Walkabout Asia is dedicated to inspire and help the curious to see Asia more broadly.

The three-day Langkawi Walk The Doc festival will encompass the themes of nature, environment and travel.

Earlier this year, a call was made for film submissions - either feature documentaries or micro/short documentaries - that highlight any of the three themes.

In total, 77 submissions were received from 14 countries, namely, China, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey. A selection will be screened at the festival in August.

The winning entries for three award categories - Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary and Special Langkawi Award - will also be announced here. These stories will be judged by an international panel of experienced documentary filmmakers and producers, including Hakim Amir of Harimau Entertainment; Yasu Nagahata, director of programming for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union; director of digital for Turkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu and AJ+ founder Riyaad Minty; and head of RT360 from Russia Television Eduard Chizhikov.

Besides the film screenings, the festival offers a host of educational programmes like talks, masterclasses and workshops.

For instance, there will be an experiential crash course on 360 camera filming with Chizhikov and a box camera masterclass with Jeffrey Lim. A documentary post production clinic, panel discussion on documentaries in the digital era and a series of special presentations on topics such as colour management for digital media, producing short films and documentary pitching ideas for an international market, round up the festival’s programming.

Mercure Hotel will be hosting the Abu Documentary Exchange Meeting (Abu Doc) organised by The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Langkawi Walk The Doc International Documentary Film Festival Forum is open to the public and there is no admission fee to register.

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