Wednesday, August 27, 2008

12th Thai Short Film & Video Festival: Opening weekend preview

Unless the anti-government protesters blockade the Pathumwan Intersection, the 12th Thai Short Film & Video Festival -- the biggest yet -- opens on Friday as the first film event for the new Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Admission is free, though you'll need a ticket. They'll be made available at the auditorium on the fifth floor an hour before the show.

The opening program starts at 6.30pm. There are six films, starting with Diseases and A Hundred Year Period, a new film by Sompot Chidgasornpongse.

A second Thai film in the program is Silencio by Sivaroj Kongsakul. Silencio premiered last year as part of the Short Films Project in Commemoration of the Celebration on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary. It went on to this year's Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, where it was in the Labo Competition and it won a Mention du Jury Presse. It's about a soundman and his vain search for silence.

On Saturday, there's two blocks of Thai competitions at noon and 2pm and then the Best Shorts of Clermont Ferrand at 4pm. This is curated by Rogert Gonin, founder of the French festival, which is the world's largest short-film fest.

Then at 6.30, it's the first Digital Forum, with two Thai works: Manus Chanyong One Night at Talaenggaeng Road, directed by Paisit Panpruegsachart; and Penguin by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit.

On Sunday, there's three blocks of Thai competition, at noon, 2 and 4pm. Then there's a second program of Best Shorts of Clermont Ferrand starting at 6.30.

Devoted follower of the Thai short-film scene Limitless Cinema has gone through the entire festival program and notated which films that shouldn't be missed (they are marked "MUST SEE MUST SEE MUST SEE"), as well as films that might be of interest of fans of gay cinema (those are marked "GAY GAY GAY"). Subtle, eh?

The festival takes a break on Monday and starts back up at 5pm on Tuesday with the opening film of the Doc Forum: The Convert by Panu Aree, Kong Rithdee and Kaweenipon Ketprasit. I'll post more on that in a few days.

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(Cross-published at Bangkok Cinema Scene)

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