Bangkok International Film Festival 2007

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2007-07-19 09:00
2007-07-29 23:59
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Festival venues: Central World, SF World Cinema and Siam Paragon Hall

The Bangkok International Film Festival, now in its fifth year, has been held annually by the Tourism Authority of Thailand since 2003 and is one of the key highlights on Thailand’s annual festivals and event calendar.

Each year, the festival showcases more than a hundred feature and short films, representing some of the best and the brightest in the current international cinema through its various programme sections. The festival focuses on the works by emerging filmmakers throughout Asia, and in particular those of the Southeast Asian region.

The Golden Kinnaree Awards are judged in the three competition categories by a panel of international jury. Running concurrently with the festival are also a number of sidebar events such as panel discussions, workshops, master classes, exhibitions as well as the Bangkok Film Market.

The 2007 event will be the first ever organized by a core of Thai organizers, which include the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Central World, SF Cinema, and the Association of Thai Film Federations.

Official Venues for the Bangkok International Film Festival 2007
At SF World Cinema, 7th floor Central World Shopping Center on July 19-29, 2007

Central World
The new downtown shopping and lifestyle complex of Central World has been designated the official host venue for the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival. The largest lifestyle-shopping complex in Southeast Asia, the complex also comprises a 550-room, 5-star hotel, and two office buildings. The range of offerings encompasses more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants, 21 cinemas, a bowling hall, 2 department stores: Zen and Isetan, and much more.

Situated right in the heart of one of Bangkok’s prime locations, Central World is on the city’s “shopping street”, Ratchadamri Road, and surrounded by several five-star hotels and office buildings within walking distance.

SF World Cinema
The theatres are situated on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors of the Central World. With an area of 13,500 sq.m, the theatres comprise 15 screens with over 4,000 seats, including a megascreen with 800 seats, first-class theatres with lounges and additional special theatres.

Bangkok Film Market
Royal Paragon Hall on July 23-25, 2007
The Bangkok Film Market, which is trade show for film buyers and sellers, will be held at nearby Siam Paragon Hall during July 23-25.

The 2007 version of the festival, held for the fifth consecutive year, will feature approximately 100 films from around the globe. There will be an increase in emphasis on Asian films to respond to their popularity both in Thailand and abroad. Asian movies regularly screen in theaters in major cities and they have generated large followings in certain genres like horror and romantic comedy. Some have even been made into major Hollywood productions.

The Bangkok Film Market held during the festival is expected to do brisk business in the acquisition of Asian films for theatrical release overseas, with many projects planning to recoup their investment with screening and DVD sales outside their original base. Negotiations are commencing for a number of celebrities and industry individuals to attend the festival.

The Bangkok International Film Festival will also feature several seminars and workshops aimed at educating the public and introducing new developments in movie making, as well as some retrospect on important pioneers and periods of local cinema.

The highlight of the glamour part of the festival is the Kinnaree Award presented to the best film in the festival as selected by a respected panel of international jurors. Two other awards will be the New Voices Award honoring first-time directors and the ASEAN Films Award given to the best film from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

For the latest updates, visit the Bangkok International Film Festival web site: www.bangkokfilm.org

Objectives: To select and promote world-class films from over the world for featuring in Thailand
To position Thailand in the forefront of the international film industry
To enhance Thailand’s positive image as a safe tourist destination with a variety of attractions
Promote Thailand as the preferred film location for major productions

Festival Venue:
Cinema
SF World Cinema and Central World Shopping Center on July 19-29, 2007

Bangkok Film Market
Royal Paragon Hall on July 23-25, 2007

Festival Partners: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
The Federation of National Film Association of Thailand
Central World Shopping Center
SF World Cinema
Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World

Official Hotels:
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
The Dusit Thani, Bangkok
The Sukhothai
Lebua

Events:
Grand Opening Night for Bangkok International Film Festival with an opening movie on Wednesday 19 July 2007 at SF World Cinema, Central World Shopping Center
Gala Dinner and Golden Kinnaree Award Ceremony
Golden Kinnaree Award which is a highlight of Bangkok International Film Festival will be on July 28, 2007. For 2007, there are three sections of competitions: International Features, ASEAN Features, and Best Short Film. Additionally, the festival also bestows the honorary award – the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ray Harryhausen

Closing night for Bangkok International Film Festival with a closing movie on Sunday 29 July 2007 at SF World Cinema, Central World Shopping Center
Closing movie: ‘Muay Thai Chaiya’

Films to be screened
This year’s festival has more than 100 feature and short films from over 30 countries, ranging from prolific filmmaking countries to emerging industries from countries such as France, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Portugal, Poland, Peru, Canada, Greece, etc.

Movies in the festival:
ASIAN CINEMA
1. amour LEGENDE – Taiwan
2. Basement, The – China
3. Case, The – China
4. Colour Blossoms- Hong Kong
5. Dasepo Naughty Girls – Korea
6. Diary – Hong Kong
7. Dream- Iraq
8. Exiled – Hong Kong
9. Forest Of Death – Hong Kong
10. Getting Home – China
11. Go Master, The – Japan
12. Highway Star – Korea
13. Look of Love – China
14. Lost In Beijing – China
15. Luxury Car – China
16. No Mercy for the Rude – Korea
17. Omkara – India
18. Other Half, The – China
19. Park, The – China
20. Postmodern Life of My Aunt, The – Hong Kong
21. Raised From Dust – China
22. Rang De Basanti – India
23. Sankara - Sri Lanka
24. Spider Lilies – Taiwan
25. Time – Korea
26. Vanaja – India
27. Hwang jin yi-Korea

DOCUMENTARY & SHORT
1. Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story – USA
2. Beyond the Call – USA
3. Black Gold-UK
4. Competition, The – USA
5. Cats of Mirikitani, The- USA
6. Children of Glory – Hungary
7. Festival-UK
8. Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins
9. Mourning Rock – Greece
10. Mystic Ball – Canada
11. Our Daily Bread – Austria
12. Out of Bound – France
13. Sleep Walking Through the Mekong- USA
14. This Film Is Not Yet Rated – USA
15. Traveling With Yoshitoma Nara – Japan
16. Who Killed The Electric Car? – USA

WINDOWS OF THE WORLD
1. A few days in September- France
2. A wandering Bride-Argentina
3. Angel – France
4. Beaufort – Israel
5. Belle Toujours – Portugal
6. Bled Number One – France
7. Broken English – USA
8. Cashback-UK
9. Cry in Silence – France
10. Edge of Heaven, The- Turkey
11. Fraulein – Switzerland
12. Freezone – Israel
13. Goodbye Bafana – France
14. Grazing – Italy
15. Home Song Stories – Australia
16. Hunt Angles- Australia
17. Hunting and Gathering- France
18. Inside Paris – France
19. Mark of Cain-UK
20. More than Anything in the World – Mexico
21. Ping Pong – Germany
22. Red Road – UK
23. Renaissance - UK (Animation)
24. Shortbus – USA
25. Suely In the Sky – Brazil
26. Take this waltz – France
27. This is England-UK
28. Uranya – Greece
29. White Palms – Hungary
30. Witnesses, The – France
31. XXY – Argentina

THAI PANORAMA
1. 13 beloved
2. Mid Road Gang
3. Final Score
4. Loveaholic
5. Me Myself
6. King Naresuan Part I
7. King Naresuan Part II
8. Noodle Boxer
9. Seasons Change
10. Sperm, The

RETROSPECTIVE: LUIS BUNUEL
1. An Andalusian Dog (Short 16 min)
2. Belle de Jour
3. Diary of A Chambermaid, The
4. Milky Way, The
5. Phantom of Liberty, The
6. That Obscure Object of Desire
7. Tristana

Bangkok Film Market
This important business forum for film buyers and sellers, as well as for animation, post-production and film location offices, is held between July 23-25, 2007 at Royal Paragon Hall III and Meeting Room 1-3, 5th floor Siam Paragon. The market is divided into 5 zones: International Village
Location World and Location Shooting
Animation/Digital
Equipment
Thai Film

Seminars and Workshops
Seminars and workshops on film-related themes in the festival welcome all type of film-lovers to experience filmmaking techniques through invited experts. All seminars and workshops are free of charge. Theses events, on July 20-28, 2007, consist of seven topics:
Cinematography and Lighting Design Workshop
An offshoot of the popular Cinematographer’s Day in the past three years, this workshop during 20-22 July will be a set in a studio with full equipment for 35 mm film. Participants of the workshop will receive hands-on experience in lighting, designing and cinematography. Conducted by Mr. Somchai Leenanurak at Advertising and Animation Network’s studio Rama 9 Rd. Soi 17, and supported by Kodak (Thailand) and Oriental Post. Mr. Somchai’s Thai films are such classics as Namphu and Withi Khon Kla. The workshop will be at Advertising Animation Network, Rama 9 Road Soi 17

Producer Master Class
The class, runs between July 21-22, 2007, is about training how to become a film director and producer. Professionals will give the erudition to audiences. Focusing on co-producing film by New Film Society and Teefah, run by Mr. Pantam Tongsung, film director and producer, with special guest from France, Taiwan, and Thailand such as Jira Malikul and Apichartpong Werasetakul.

Clay Animation Workshop
A workshop on making animation by using clay figures scheduled for between July 23-24, 2007, with cooperation by Okinawa Digital Motion, Co., Ltd. People in the workshop can learn to make clay animation by digital camera. The professional from the University of Arts in Okinawa is a narrator and consulter in the making process.

Panel Discussion on Okinawa Films
The discussion, on July 25, 2007 at Central World, on The Uniqueness of Okinawa Films aims to show the roles of society, arts, and culture in Okinawa, that are quite different from other parts of Japan and which have influenced the distinctive film business of the prefecture. Stop Motion technique is the renowned foundation of animation from Okinawa.

Panel Discussion on Copyright Issues
On July 27, 2007, Central World, Topics Horror Show: “How Piracy Kills the Film Industry”. The program is run by Mr. Tienchai Pinvises of Motion Picture Association along with copyright legal experts like Baker & McKenzie and Mr. Surasak Sunpitaksaree from The Federation of National Film Association of Thailand, who will have a live demonstration of how films are being illegally downloaded online.

Panel Discussion on Co-Production and Copyright
This is a lively discussion on film co-productions between countries by invited special guests such as Peter Chan, Andrew Lao and Alan Mak. Hosted by Thai celebrity Saranyu Wongkrachang.

Panel Discussion on Rating and Censorship and Thai Society
“To Rate or Not to Rate: Censorship and Thai Society” is the main topic to discuss on this stage, on July 28, 2007. A very hot topic in the today’s entertainment industry, the discussion includes showing censored scenes from movies. This is sure to be a stimulating and thought-provoking show. Hosted by Thai celebrity Saranyu Wongkrachang.
COMPETITIONS
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION
1. Ploy (Thailand)
2. Beaufort (Israel)
3. Spider Lilies (Taiwan)
4. Getting Home (China)
5. Lost in Beijing (China)
6. Sankara (Sri Lanka)
7. Edge of Heaven (Turkey)
8. XXY (Argentina)
9. Angel (France)

ASEAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
1. Alone (Thailand)
2. Bangkok Time (Thailand)
3. Before We Fall in Love Again (Malaysia)
4. Bet Collector, The (Philippines)
5. Dancing Bell (Malaysia)
6. Love For Share (Indonesia)
7. Lost Briefcase (Indonesia)
8. Manoro (Philippines)
9. Pao’s Story (Vietnam)
10. Unseeable, The (Thailand)

BEST SHORT FILM COMPETITION
1. Tabriz: Image from the Forgotten World (Iran)
2. Paper & Sand (Australia)
3. Last Chip,The (Australia, HK, Vietnam)
4. Londres-London (Singapore)
5. My Beautiful Rambutan Tree in Tanjung Rambutan (Malaysia)
6. July Boys (India)
7. Grandma (Iran)
8. Grey Sky (Thailand)
9. Little Brother (Singapore)
10. Miracle (Israel)
11. J, A Photographer in a Strange Village (Korea)
12. Mirage (Taiwan)
13. A Silent Monsoon (Nepal, USA)
14. Gift (Korea)
15. Eternally Yours (Japan)
16. In The Shadow (Greece)
17. Matchmaker (Indonesia)

Bangkok International Film Festival 2007 located at SF World Cinema,
7th floor Central World Shopping Center on July 19-29, 2007

Central World
Central World is the largest lifestyle-shopping complex in Southeast Asia.The complex also comprises a 550-room, 5-star hotel, and two office buildings. The range of offerings encompasses more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants, 21 cinemas, a bowling hall, 2 department stores: Zen and Isetan, and much more.

Central World is located on the primest of Bangkok’s prime locations. On the city’s “shopping street”, Ratchadamri Road, and surrounded by several 5-star hotels and office buildings within walking distance.

SF World Cinema
The theatres are situated on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors of the Central World. With an area of 13,500 sq.m, the theatres comprise 15 screens with over 4,000 seats, including a megascreen with 800 seats, first-class theatres with lounges and additional special theatres.

For details and updates: www.bangkokfilm.org

For more PR information, please contact
Piyanart: mobile 083-292-2288
E-mail: piyanart@bangkokfilm.org
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E -mail: alisa@bangkokfilm.org

IMPORTANT
Event dates and programme details may be subject to change.
Many of the festivals and events listed on Thailand's official calendar of annual events are traditional Buddhist or folk festivals, the date of which is either determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and waxing and waning moon. These are not staged events. The festivals reflect the rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and local traditions as observed in times past. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel.
Contact:
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Email: info@tat.or.th
Website: www.tat.or.th
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines)
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)

FOR EVENT INFORMATION,
please call 1672.

Address:
1600 Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Rajatevee
Bangkok 10400
Thailand

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