Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cannes Film Festival: Duck Fight, Nonzee, Aditya make Thai Pitch

Last I heard about Pornchai Hongrattanaporn, a.k.a. Mr. Pink, was a couple of years ago when he was trying to get funding for an animated feature called Duck Fight.

Just the poster alone should attract investors, I would think. But maybe the folks who actually have money for this sort of thing are still thinking about the disaster cult film that was Howard the Duck.

The Bangkok Loco director is still trying to get funding for Duck Fight. He pitched it last year at the Tokyo Project Gathering.

This year he's joining three other Thai directors in Thai Pitch 2008, held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Market.

Likely chief among them is Nonzee Nimibutr, who won US$15,000 in funds from the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum (HAF) for his next project, Secret of the Butterfly, a psychological thriller written by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee about a woman who carries a virus that can destroy all the men in the world. The HAF prize goes towards post-production work at Technicolor Thailand. Nonzee's team hopes to start filming in Ocotber.

Also vying for funds is Aditya Assarat, trying again with his High Society, which he also pitched earlier this year at HAF.

Lastly, there's Nithiwat Tharatorn, one of the "Fan Chan Six" who's looking to make the followup to his solo feature debut Seasons Change. His project is a teen drama called Dear Galileo.

Thai Pitch 2008 is an initiative of producer Pantham Thongsang, with support from the Ministry of Culture's Office of Contemporary Art and Culture. It is similar to HAF and the Pusaan Promotion Plan, giving hopeful filmmakers a forum to pitch their ideas to interested investors. It took place yesterday in Cannes. Here's hope for some positive results.

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(Via ThaiCinema.org)

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