Monday, May 12, 2008

Short films roundup: Special mention in Oberhausen, Monk and more in Busan

Thai indie filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong won a special mention from the international jury at the 54th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany for her 14-minute short, Jai.

The short premiered in Rotterdam, as part of Like Real Love, a three-film anthology by Anocha, which I somehow missed in what I thought was an exhaustive survey of the festival's Thai titles. Not! And I'd even been tipped off before. Jai also won a prize in the Asian New Force category at the Independent Short Film and Video Awards in Hong Kong in March.

Anocha's Graceland was featured at Cannes in 2006. The Oberhausen festival was held from May 1 to 6.
More Thai short films are in store at the Busan Asian Short Film Festival from May 21 to 25. Here's a look:

  • Test by Duangtat Hansupanusorn -- "Young woman professor who really experts in experiment of microbe living, lives in ordinary life, not dare to try the new things."
  • Love Is (Not) Mad by Tosaporn Mongkol --
  • "The storytelling from a man about the mental sickness of his mother."
  • Observation of the Monk by Pramote Sangsorn -- A Buddhist monk (Wannasak "Kuck" Sirilar) is making his merit-making rounds in the big city. This premiered at the Fifth Bangkok Experimental Film Festival.
  • Silencio by Sivaroj Kongsakul -- "A soundman goes in search of that rarest of sounds -- the silence." Premiered in 2007 as part of Short Films Project in Commemoration of the Celebration on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary.

(Via Kurzfilmtage - thanks Ann! - and; photo from Observation of the Monk)


  1. Or rather Jai. It premiered in Rotterdam, as part of a three-film anthology by Anocha, which I also missed before.


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