ECHOES FROM TOMORROW
This project gives place to three new, talented female Cambodian directors to express their voices by producing their first-ever short films. Anti-Archive’s mission centers on the three women who have worked behind the scenes (or onscreen as actresses) to produce its films since 2014: Danech SAN, Sreylin MEAS, and Kanitha TITH.
The project was launched as a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com in December 2017, with the goal to raise USD$15 000 in 15 days, in order to fund the production of the three short films. This goal was far surpassed, and the campaign ultimately raised a total of nearly USD$28 700, both on and offline.
Watch the pitch video at right.
The world of filmmaking rests upon an absurdity: a new filmmaker can demonstrate their skill only when given the opportunity to make their first short film. But in countries without adequate arts infrastructure, a debut short film is the hardest thing to finance, because it creates little revenue, and the filmmaker has yet to earn any trust. That’s why Anti-Archive aimed to provide space to those voices for a more creative, sentimental, and provocative future. If successful now, we hope this is just the beginning of a Cambodian arts movement attuned to the young, the ignored, the female, the local, the real.
The project has so far funded the full production of one short fiction film, A MILLION YEARS, by Danech San. That film is currently in post-production and is being prepared for submission to major international film festivals. The second film, FIFTY-FIFTY, by Sreylin Meas, is currently in production and will enter editing and post-production in late June or July.
The remaining film by Kanitha Tith is now in development.
Watch the filmmakers' thank-you video at right.
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