Your community is filled with unique, untold stories. We encourage you to share your cultural story with us and the world. All content will be reviewed by a group of experts and supported with background information. Each month, we will present one documentary will be present as a featured story on our website with full credits, social media exposure and screened at selected film festivals throughout Southeast Asia. 

Submission Guidelines

Your documentary must be filmed in Southeast Asia and feature one or more cultural aspects related to art, dance, storytelling, crafts, religion or music. Do not be afraid to submit your film, even if you are a beginner! Filmmaking is not that difficult; we can provide assistance and guidance upon request. If you have great footage and no possibility for post production we will help you to finish your work. We aim to showcase films from Participating countries are Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines, Singapore, Vietnam, East Timor, and Brunei.

We encourage you to watch some great tutorials on the Vimeo Film School, No Film School, a Ted Talk on storytelling, and this Ted playlist on The Power of Film.

Apply to a Filmmaking Workshop

Our team regularly organises documentary filmmaking workshops in the region.

Please check our schedule for the next seminar.

Previous workshop Directing the Documentary: Luang Prabang, Laos. September 2015

Technical Details

The duration of your film should not exceed seven (7) minutes.

Format: 1920 x 1080 25fps 

Compression: H264 with minimum 15.000 kbs/sec 


For more information, please view Compression Guidelines on Vimeo.

Upload your movie via DropBox or WeTransfer before submitting. 

Legal Guidelines

You are the owner and hold all exclusive rights to this film, and you agree that this film can be shown on the Cultural Media Library website as submitted. This means that all the performers and contributors in the film have provided consent to the use of their performances and contributions in the film. Furthermore, you have permission to use film footage, musical works, lyrics, sound recordings or other material in which copyright subsists, that are used in the film.