Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit took part in the recent Venice Biennale College – Cinema and his project, The Year of June, produced by Pop Pictures' Aditya Assarat, is one of three selected to proceed to the production phase.
The goal is to present the mini-budget, 150,000-euro features (debut or second works) at the this year's 70th Venice International Film Festival, which runs August 28 to September 7.
Nawapol won last year's Busan's New Currents Award and is in this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Awards with 36.
The Year of June looks to continue his experimental efforts. Here's more about the project from the Biennale College website:
The Year of June [is] a "digital adaptation" of an anonymous school girl’s year-long Twitter stream. She deconstructs herself into hundreds of fragments and the filmmakers reconstruct them back into an imagined narrative. The result is a fast, funny, and fantastical adventure of a schoolgirl in the city of Bangkok.
In all, 15 filmmakers took part in the Biennale College. The other two projects selected for production are Memphis by Tim Sutton from the U.S. and Yuri Esposito by Italy's Alessio Fava.
The three production teams will take part in a second workshop, each working with a mentor-director and a number of tutors and trainers.
The Biennale College – Cinema is organized by the Biennale di Venezia in partnership with Gucci with support from Italy's Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema – and by the Regione del Veneto, and in collaboration with the New York IFP, the Dubai International Film Festival and TorinoFilmLab.