The plan has raised eyebrows, says film critic Kong Rithdee, writing in his Bangkok Post Saturday opinion-page column in his "capacity as a part-time filmmaker".
Here's how the 200 million baht will be doled out:
Of the 200 million baht, the National Board of Film and Television decreed last week that 160 million (or 80%) will go to support feature-length films produced by the commercial film industry; 10 million will go to independent and documentary films; 10 million will go to TV and movie series; 10 million will go to animation makers; and 10 million baht will be used to help video game designers.
In short, 80% of this "first-ever financial support from the government" will basically go to commercial, profit-seeking film studios - and likely to the special case of King Naresuan Parts III and IV, which are officially backed by the [prime minister] for their nationalist and historical values.
One condition, however, is that the studios that receive the money will have to treat it as an interest-free loan that must be returned to the state coffers; meanwhile money given to non-commercial projects and film students is a non-committal grant.
Read on for what Kong thinks about that.
(Also via Thai Audience)