Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Baby Arabia doc, Anocha's Mundane History and Pramote project get Asian Cinema Fund help

Thai indie filmmakers Panu Aree, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Pramote Sangsorn are among the recipients this year from the Pusan International Film Festival's Asian Cinema Fund.

Screen Daily has the story and the complete list.

Panu's project is a follow up to The Convert, which he co-directed with Kaweenipon Ketprasit and Kong Rithdee. The new documentary is on the band Baby Arabia, which performs Middle Eastern music around Thailand. They played earlier this year during the Bangkok Bananas arts fest, providing a live score to the Indian silent Light of Asia. I missed seeing them then, but hopefully I won't miss the film. Baby Arabia is a recipient of the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.

Anocha's debut feature film Mundane History (Jao Nok Krajok, or The Sparrow) gets help from the ACF's post-production fund. Anocha had been working furiously to finish her film earlier this year, but when it wasn't selected for Cannes, she was able to take a bit more time on it.

Receiving script-development funds is Pramote's project, Tam Rasisalai.

Also of interest is The Tour, the follow-up feature by the director of Karaoke, Malaysia's Chris Chong Chan Fui. The Tour had received support from the Produire au Sud Bangkok workshop last year.

(Photo and story via Panu Aree on Facebook)

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