After a memorable inaugural run earlier this year, the second Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival is set for next February in Chiang Mai.
They have a call for entries. Here's more info from the festival website:
A lifescape is an expanse – life, livelihood, and reality – that can be seen in a single view. The Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival screens contemporary films – documentary, docu-drama, or dramatized – to showcase thoughtful work with a social conscience. The festival hopes to raise awareness of film culture and filmmakers of mainland Southeast Asia who make meaningful social commentary with their work – showing the beautiful without flinching from grim reality.
Selected films will explore regional issues within mainland Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Lao, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The program will be interactive, offering directors, producers, media representatives, NGO representatives, and audience members the opportunity to join together in post-screening Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and evening social functions throughout the program.
The submission deadline is October 31.
The festival, set for February 2 to 5, is organized through the South East Asian Institute of Global Studies (SEAIGS) at Payap University in Chiang Mai. The fest takes place on the Payap University Mae Khao Campus, behind the former Carrefour, likely now a Big C, in the Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center. All activities on are free and open to the public