Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New festival shoots for Destination Thailand

Another film festival has emerged – the Thailand International Destination Film Festival.

Organized by the Kantana film studio with support from the Thailand Film Office and other sponsors, it aims to highlight Thailand as a film location, especially foreign productions.

The centerpiece is the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge, in which foreign and local filmmaking teams were given modest budgets to make shorts with an emphasis on exploration in Thailand. Teams have been picked and are listed on the contest's Facebook page.

Film-industry veteran Paul Spurrier is heading up the contest, and he put together a nifty sample reel to give the filmmaking teams an idea of what to shoot for. It's embedded above.

Plans are to also screen films that have been made in Thailand, such as The Hangover Part II, plus a retrospective of the Pang Brothers movies.

More about it is at Film Business Asia, though neither that article nor the festival website seem to have details regarding the venue or exact schedule for the festival, supposedly set for April 1 to 10, directly conflicting with the third Salaya International Documentary Film Festival.

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