July 21st, 2016
Cambodia Town Film Festival would like to thank the California Arts Council for their very generous support. CTFF recently received notification that we are one of the recipients of a 2016-2017 Cultural Pathways grant. The award will have a considerable impact on this and next year’s festivals.
Incontrovertibly, these generous monies are integral to the success of this festival, which has – since its inauguration in 2013 – become an internationally, nationally, and regionally recognized hub for diasporic Cambodian film and community organizing. Long Beach, California remains a significant site for us as co-organizers insofar as it represents a unique port space and is home to the largest population of those of Cambodian descent outside Southeast Asia; it is also one of the most demographically diverse cities in the United States. As a community-driven arts/culture initiative, the Cambodia Town Film Festival is very much inspired by the possibility of film as a means of engendering dialogue in a manner that is consistent with the foundation’s commitment to arts and culture, which it sees as “illuminating the human condition, nurturing empathy, and expanding a vision of what’s possible.”
We are therefore honored by the support of the California Arts Council, which will enable us to grow both our festival’s mission and reach. We understand that this award was provided via the auspices of a new pilot grant program intended to serve the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California.
Cultural Pathways is rooted in the California Arts Council’s commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California’s diverse populations. This program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small and emerging organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups.
Cultural Pathways program goals are to strengthen the capacity of small, new and emerging arts organizations that serve and represent the diversity of California and to anchor the creative work of organizations in the cultural landscape of the state. The program will nurture authentic and creative voices of all of California’s diverse communities and support a greater diversity of artists, organizations and communities in the state.
With support from the California Arts Council, the Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTFF) will plan and execute its fourth annual festival (2016), a multi-day series of film screenings, presentations, and panel discussions with Cambodian/Cambodian-American artists, and related workshops. The support will be used for administrative staff, graphic and web design, and venue rental.
This year Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTFF) become a new recipient of 2016-17 Cultural Pathways granted by the California Arts Council. Below are a few pictures highlighting CTFF past events.
(Boston Strong’s finest musician The Evening supporting CTFF, wearing DesignByHumans T Shirts. #BostonSTORNG
(Khvay Samnang, of Royal University of Fine Arts. From Paris with love)
(The Boy Scouts of America showing support for CTFF)
(The Khmer Arts Ensemble, at Takhmao in Cambodia showing support for CTFF)
(Khmer Arts performing the Blessing Dance at the opening ceremony of CTFF)
(A full house and a standing ovation for Dengue Fever and Mol Kagnol performance after the US Premiere screening of ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll in CTFF 2014)
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