Monday, June 16, 2008

Scaled-down Bangkok International Film Festival set for September 23-30

The Bangkok International Film Festival will be held from September 23 to 30 at SF World Cinema at CentralWorld.

Around 80 films are planned for a line-up that's significantly pared down from previous years that had more than 200 movies. The festival's budget has been slashed too, from around US$5 million in a glitter year like 2006 to US$2 million last year. This year, the festival will have around 25 million baht ($800,000) to run on, according to a story by Kong Rithdee for Variety.

Here's more from the Variety story:

The festival will partly overlap the Thailand Entertainment Expo, which begins on September 24 and combines markets for film, music, television and animation.

Federation of National Film Association of Thailand and Thai Directors' Association are taking over organization from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which will continue to partially finance the event.

"We will try to focus on Asian content," Yongyooth Thongkongtoon, president of the directors' association, said. "We don't have much time to work this year, but we want to keep the festival alive and next year we'll see some real development."

Meanwhile, another big film festival is planned: the World Film Festival of Bangkok will run from October 24 to November 2 at Paragon Cineplex.

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