Open Call for a Community Heritage Film Production – Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Open Call for a Community Heritage Film Production – Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Since 2001, the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) of the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center has supported over 1,000 projects in more than 650 communities and 133 countries.  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of AFCP and expand the impact of U.S. support in cultural heritage protection, the Community Heritage Exchange Initiative (CHEI) is intended to highlight previous and current AFCP projects, share stories of cultural heritage, and increase the capacity of communities to document and share their own stories.  The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is seeking to contract a local Thailand-based documentary filmmaker or production company to produce a short documentary film to highlight community-centered stories about the value and impact of the AFCP-supported Wat Chaiwatthanaram project in Ayutthaya, which is Thailand’s largest AFCP cultural heritage conservation site.

The film requirements include:

  • Must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length
  • Must be filmed in full resolution digital format
  • Must include the stories of 8-10 community members impacted by the U.S. Embassy restoration and conservation work at Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya
  • Must be produced by a local Thailand-based documentary filmmaker or a production company.
  • Selected filmmaker must have experience with storytelling and capturing community narratives via video/film.

The selected local filmmaker will work with the U.S. Embassy Bangkok, World Monuments Fund (AFCP Wat Chaiwatthanaram project implementer), and StoryCenter (CHEI project implementer) to help selected community members develop a narrative to tell their stories of impact. The resulting film will be shared in a series of U.S. and local events, exhibits and workshops.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in Thailand.
  • Applicants should reside in Thailand.
  • Applicants should have previous storytelling experience through video/film.
  • Present a concept note for a 10 to 20 minutes film.

Interested applicants should submit concept notes (up to two pages) describing the film narrative and story arc, a proposed budget of no more than US$10,000, and links for work samples in the form of reels or teaser videos.  The concept note must be in English and should be emailed to Bangkokpd@state.gov with the subject line “CHEI Wat Chaiwatthanaram Film: Project Name – Applicant Name” by midnight of December 31, 2023.  For further information, please contact Public Diplomacy Office of U.S. Embassy Bangkok at Bangkokpd@state.gov.