19 – 21 November 2024

Kuala Lumpur

Walk the doc 2023

Our warmest Congratulations to the

Walk the doc 2023
documentary competition winners

Best Feature Documentary​

Tundra Wonder Mums


Best Short Documentary

Papel ni Hapon

Ring Light Film Productions

Special Jury Award

A-Frame Carrier Meets Spring Flowers

Kwang-rok Lee & KBS

Walk The Doc 2023 International Documentary Festival took place in Langkawi Island from 1 – 3 August 2023 at Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang. The 3-day event was filled with insightful masterclasses, workshops and talks featuring prominent experts from the field of factual and digital content from around the world. There were also a curated screenings of stories from Walkabout Asia and the festival’s Official Selection featuring local and international submissions. The festival closed with an Award Dinner Night, celebrating the winners of the Documentary Film Competition.

With the theme Nature, Environment and Travel, Walk The Doc 2023 received remarkable stories from talented documentary filmmakers representing 15 countries, such as Russia, South Korea, France, Indonesia, Philippines,and Turkiye. These stories were judged by an international panel of experienced documentary filmmakers and producers namely Hanizah Hamzah of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Fabio Mancini of RAI Italy, Kenichi Imamura of Tokyo Docs and Duygu Kepenek of TRT.

The festival also hosted the ABU CARE (Change Asia Rescue the Earth) SERIES 11, the annual co-production initiative developed in cooperation with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and
the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). It was attended by 10 organizations from countries across the APAC region with Fabio Mancini from RAI Italy as its Executive Producer.

Walk the doc 2023 in numbers

Local & International


Small Story Big Impact (SSBI) was an initiative to boost the creation of documentary films of nature, environment, culture, heritage and people. The aim was to develop talents and encourage content creators to engage with their surroundings and capture the many untold stories around the country.

Initiated by Walkabout Asia, Small Story Big Impact was part of Walk The Doc International Documentary Festival 2023. The
initiative has two parts, the Roadshow and the Mentorship programme. The Roadshow travelled to six locations across four states with two days of masterclasses, workshops, documentary screenings, Q&A sessions and story pitching sessions for the Mentorship Programme. The mentorship programme was open to all content creators, selected participants/pitches received RM 5000 funding and 1.5 months to complete their micro-documentary, as well as a 3-day Documentary Production Workshop in Kuala Lumpur.

All completed micro-documentaries were screened and judged at the festival by an international panel of experienced documentary
filmmakers and producers namely Kenichi Imamura of Tokyo Docs, Welldy Handoko of Rekam Indonesia and Hakim Amir of Malaysia. The best documentary received ‘Best Outstanding Story Award’ at Walk The Doc International Documentary Festival 2023 in Langkawi. The completed micro-documentaries were also aired on Walkabout Asia.

Congratulations to

The SSBI Winner


Best Outstanding Story


Tengku Nur Sajidah
binti Tengku Khairi

The SSBI Finalists

Chong Kok Choon
Flowing in Sauk

Mohd Fazli bin Mohd Zulkifli
Labi-Labi Dance

Loo Hui Xin
Echoes of the Past:
Story of Kuala Sepetang’s Girls

Eunice Tan Geok Kim
Where are the People of Papan?

Irene Yap Hui Sun
The Ong Chun Ceremony

Haseena Zol Azlan
Beyond the Marine Park:
A Ranger’s Story


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