CCCL Film Festival offers film production grants to emerging Thai and Southeast Asian filmmakers. The program aims to identify and nurture new talent who present exciting ideas on a film about climate change impacts, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability. With climate change impacts posing more challenges to habitat, health, agriculture, and employment, we wish to encourage Southeast Asian youth and others to raise awareness about climate change issues through the power of film. We are seeking powerful storytellers who can visualize the impact of climate change on the environment and on our lives in creative ways.
With the support of
CCCL Film Festival accepts a short film proposal with the theme of climate change from youths and filmmakers in Southeast Asia (a film must be produced in Southeast Asian countries). The total length of a complete film must not exceed 15 minutes and must be completed by November 30, 2023.
The program offers production grants (up to 30,000 Baht per project). CCCL will be selecting 10 projects to participate in the program which will offer a climate consultation (per request) and feedback session.
The final works will be considered to be exhibited at the 4th Annual CCCL Film Festival in February 2024. Submission is now open until July 23, 2023
Applicant must be a resident of Southeast Asian countries (Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Young filmmakers in ethnic minority communities or rural areas affected by climate change are highly encouraged to apply.
Applicants who apply to this program must be a director and/or a producer of the film.
There is no age requirement for the film grants.
Applicants may not have experience in producing a short film before.
Accepted applicants must commit to attending mandatory online events and following the CCCL’s guidelines.
Sample of climate topics
Water security, Food security, Biodiversity, Impact on wildlife, Sustainable agriculture, Gender-based violence from the impact of climate change/environmental impacts or natural disasters, Renewable, low-emission energy for the poor, Sustainable mobility/transport, Innovative/transformative technology solutions, Nature-based solution, Community empowerment (local specific or population groups), and Roles of children, youth, women, and underrepresented, vulnerable/affected groups.
Application Procedure and Deadline
1) Please prepare the following information:
Logline and Synopsis
Key art (an image that illustatrate the mood and tone of your film. It could be a photo, drawing, or graphic that you produce)
Director’s statement: what do you want your audience to take away from watching the film (explain your vision and idea of your story)
Director and producer bio(s)
A sample of previous work. It can either be a short film under 15 minutes or an excerpt from your films. If you haven't produced a short film, please send us a video clip or related work that shows your vision as a storyteller.
2) After that, fill out the application form on Google Forms
3) The deadline to submit a project proposal(s) to the CCCL Film Grant Program is July 23, 2023, at 11.59 PM (GMT+7). Applications received after this date and time will be ineligible.
July 23, 2023
Result Notification Date
August 15, 2023
August - November 30, 2023
Program's Key Date
August 25 First draft screenplay delivered
August 31 First installment payment
September 4-15 Advisory session (per request)
October 27 First draft short film delivered
October 31 Second installment payment
November 30 Completed film delivered
Applicants declare that he/she/they owns the copyright for the sample of work submitted.
Applicants may submit more than one project proposal. Only one project made by the same applicant will be chosen.
Grants will be disbursed in 2 installments; 70% of the grant amount will be paid upon first-draft screenplay or updated treatment (for non-fiction) submitted and 30% of the grant amount upon submission of first-draft film.
Applicants must deliver a complete film to CCCL Film Festival no later than November 30, 2023. Late delivery will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Upon delivery, the total length of a complete film must not exceed 15 minutes.
Applications must guarantee that no rights of third parties are violated by the material used in the complete film submitted to the festival. Applicants have sole responsibility towards third parties in case of disputes over copyright violations.
All film projects produced in the CCCL Film Grants program will be owned by the grantee. However, the grantees grant CCCL Film Festival distribution rights, including showing at third party events or venues, using the films for promotion, marketing, and entering the films in other film festivals by governmental and non-governmental organizations. The festival may also have the right to screen the grantees’ projects at CCCL events and on all social media platforms of CCCL and its sponsors and partners.
The grantee must indicate CCCL support by displaying the CCCL logo in the end credit of the film and any promotional materials.
CCCL may give advice for grantees who want to submit their films to festivals and screening events. A submission fee may be covered by CCCL on a case-by-case basis.
CCCL reserves the right to revise, alter or otherwise change any information or rules announced here or elsewhere without prior notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is the difference between the Film Grant Program and the Film Competition?
The Film Grant Program is a program that anyone can submit their project proposal(s) to the festival. Selected projects will be received grants to help cover the film production expense. The fact you’ve received a grant doesn’t necessarily mean you will be among the winners chosen for the Film Festival. The Film Competition is for films selected by independent judges and will be screened at the CCCL Film Festival held in the CCCL's annual festival. Only selected films are eligible to compete for the grand prize. The open call for the 2024 CCCL Film Festival opens on August 1, 2023.
2) If my project is selected for the Film Grant Program, would it be eligible for the Film Competition Prize?
Yes. Although being selected in the Film Grant Program doesn’t mean you’re selected in the Film Competition, the project produced in the Film Grant Program will be still considered for the Film Competition. If your film is selected for the film competition, you will be up against other selected films for the grand prize.
3) I don’t have previous work, would it affect my application?
Yes. We ask for the applicant's previous work to help us determine whether we should be giving a grant to the applicant. However, we give a priority to projects that have an outstanding story and vision that engages our attention and heart. We understand that not everyone has worked on film projects before, and this should not stop you from making a film. Every filmmaker started with a first film. Let our festival be the place where you start. We encourage experienced filmmakers and novices. Everyone eligible to submit their film project.
4) Can I submit more than one project?
Yes, the applicants can submit more than one project. But only one project from the applicant will receive the grant.
5) If my project isn’t selected for the Film Grant Program, it means my chance to win the Film Competition prize is zero?
No. Even if you don’t win a grant, it doesn’t mean that your project is bad. CCCL Film Festival can give a grant to a few projects based on a proposal. Not getting one should not deter you from going ahead with your idea.