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Film Festivals Galore,in Bangkok--!

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  Bangkok  seems to have become a movie-hub, judging by the numerous  film festivals that have been spinning  in the city, almost back-to-back, this year.The Embassies have mostly been  responsible for these , and deserve  credit for whipping up the cinematic pulse of the city.Apart from the French, Italian  and EU film festivals ,which have become regular events in the cinema-calendar of the country  (they are held in both Bangkok and Chiangmai), this year,  we had new festivals from ...

Bangkok filmfest organizer Juthamas could face 20 years in jail

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BANGKOK ~ A former Thai tourism official and her daughter have been indicted on charges that they accepted bribes from a Los Angeles filmmaking couple in exchange for running the Bangkok International Film Festival. An indictment unsealed Tuesday in Los Angeles charges Juthamas Siriwan, the ex-governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and her daughter, Jittisopa Siriwan, with conspiracy and eight other counts. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison, according t...

Thai Film Pioneer At POFF

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The 13th edition of POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in the Estonian capital, kicked off a 10-day marathon of film premieres, special events and industry meetings with the premiere of the American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER last night. Today, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai film director and jury member of the EurAsia Competition program, will hold a press conference prior to the presentation tomorrow evening of his latest film NYMPH. The director has been one of the innovators in...

Thai Film Pioneer At POFF

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  The 13th edition of POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in the Estonian capital, kicked off a 10-day marathon of film premieres, special events and industry meetings with the premiere of the American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER last night. Today, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai film director and jury member of the EurAsia Competition program, will hold a press conference prior to the presentation tomorrow evening of his latest film NYMPH. The director has been on...

2 producers found guilty of conspiring to bribe a former Thai government official

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A pair of Beverly Hills film producers have been found guilty of conspiring to bribe a former Thai government official to obtain contracts that provided for, among other things, control of the annual Bangkok International Film Festival, the Justice Department said Monday.A jury in California on Friday found Gerald Green, 77, and Patricia Green, 52, guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A jury also found substantive violations under the FCPA, a hi...

Not to be missed at Bangkok festival (BIFF 2009)

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With just two weeks to go before the start of the annual Bangkok International Film Festival on September 24, the film selection is now complete and details are being added daily to the festival website (http://www.bangkokfilm.org ). It looks like another great line-up. The artistic director of the festival, Yongyoot Thongongboon, has pointed to five films in particular that he says should not be missed. They are J’ai Tue Ma Mere (I killed My Mother) by 20-year-old Canadian director Xavier Dol...

Not to be missed at Bangkok festival (BIFF 2009)

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BANGKOK ~ With just two weeks to go before the start of the annual Bangkok International Film Festival on September 24, the film selection is now complete and details are being added daily to the festival website. It looks like another great line-up. The artistic director of the festival, Yongyoot Thongongboon, has pointed to five films in particular that he says should not be missed. They are J’ai Tue Ma Mere (I killed My Mother) by 20-year-old Canadian director Xavier Dolan; the Germ...

Bangkok International Film Festival

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The Bangkok International Film Festival is organized annually since 2003 by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), showcasing about 200 films (features and shorts) from around the world, with a special focus on Southeast Asian films.

Bangkok International Film Festival busy red carpet

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The world's celebrities and directors joined the Red Carpet Gala Premiere -'Queens of Langkasuka' at the Bangkok International Film Festival 2008 A number of leading Asian celebrities arrived for the red carpet, including Leon Lai, Lee Dong Wook, Michael Wong, Makoto, Robin Shou, Andrew Lau, Peter Chan, Ananda Everingham and HSH Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol MC, accompanied by cast members from 'King Naresuan'. Also, famous actor also a director, Jean-Claude Van Damme, accompanied by Cludia Bassol...

Bangkok International Film Festival 2008 launched today

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Mrs. Jumaporn erngronasa The Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications of Tourism Authority of Thailand presiding over the opening reception:"The Bangkok International Film Festival is an international event. It appeals to Thai and international audiences alike. It is an exciting event both for those within the film industry, and for all those who are in interested in film. It is also a great opportunity to promote the Thai film industry, and to promote Thailand as the entertainment hub of th...

Festival Update

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News from filmfestivals.comSarajevo Film Fest wrapped its 9 day long 14th editionOver nine days, the Sarajevo festival — born in a sandbag-protected basement during the Bosnian war — showed 174 movies from 40 countries. The Sarajevo Film Festival was first time launched near the end of the war and grew into the biggest regional film competition. Festival aims to support and promote cinema and authors in Southeast Europe and lately it attracts over 100,000 people. This year's festival welcome...

Bangkok Film Festival going ahead

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BANGKOK ~ News that the Bangkok International Film Festival (BIFF) will indeed be run again this year was greeted enthusiastically by film-buffs in Thailand yesterday (Tuesday 29 July 2008), following months of indecision on the part of the owners of the event.The budget will be smaller, a lot smaller than at its peak two years go, but that isn't worrying aficionados who simply want to get to see the best of the latest  indie feature films from the region and elsewhere around the world.BIFF wi...

Bangkok Film Festival going ahead

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News that the Bangkok International Film Festival (BIFF) will indeed be run again this year was greeted enthusiastically by film-buffs in Thailand yesterday (Tuesday 29 July 2008), following months of indecision on the part of the owners of the event.The budget will be smaller, a lot smaller than at its peak two years go, but that isn't worrying aficionados who simply want to get to see the best of the latest indie feature films from the region and elsewhere around the world.BIFF will run from ...

Jury Members of the Bangkok International Film Festival

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Jury Members Golden Kinnaree 1. Christian Jeune France Cannes Film Festival 2. Peggy Chiao Taiwan Filmmaker 3. Gary Dartnall USA Producer ASEAN Films in Competition 1. Chuck Stephens USA Film Critic 2. Yon Fan Hong Kong Filmmaker 3. Bina Paul India Kerala Film Festival International Shorts Competition 1. John Badalou Indonesia Producer 2. Namrata Joshi India Film Critic 3. Somkiat Wituranit Thailand Filmmaker ...

The Golden Kinnaree Awards from Bangkok Festival

The Golden Kinnaree Awards is among the intergral components of the Bangkok International Film Festival. The design of the statue, by Thai national artist Preecha Thaothong, signifies principles, rationality and inspiration.This figure of a half-human half-bird derived from the ancient mythology referred to in Buddhism and Hinduism. The structure design is also based on Thai number “nine” which symbolizes the reign of His majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX), who celebrates his 80t...

The Bangkok International Film Festival runs July 19-29, 2007

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The Bangkok International Film Festival is held annually since 2003 by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, a Royal Thai Government agency, in Bangkok, Thailand. Each year, the festival showcases more than a hundered of feature and short films, representing some of the best and the brightest in the current international cinema through its various programme sections. The festival focuses on the works by emerging filmmakers throughtout Asia, and in particular those of the Southeast Asian region. The...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

Deepa Mehta’s “Water” bags best film award at Bangkok festival

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The winners of the 4th Bangkok International Film Festival Golden Kinnaree Awards were announced at a gala black-tie dinner attended by international dignitaries from around the world last night. HRH Princess Ubol Rattana presented the Kinnaree award to winners selected by an international jury of producers, actors and directors from the entertainment industry.French star Catherine Deneuve was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by HRH Princess Ubol Rattana in recognition of her contr...

Terry Gilliam was highlight of opening day at Bangkok festival

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The fourth Bangkok International Film Festival (BIFF) kicked off with a lavish opening night ceremony last night (Friday 17 Feb) with international stars and local celebrities walking the red carpet to the sound of Thai traditional music.Among the most internationally famous were cinematographer Christopher Doyle, director Terry Gilliam, Rita Moreno and Russ Tamblyn. But the night was essentially a cocktail-party showcase for Thai glitterati and tourism authority guests.Access to the opening fil...

Westside Story to get early special screening at BIFF 2006

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BANGKOKIANS are due to get a special pre-festival screening of the classic Robert Wise Academy Award© winning film, West Side Story, on Sunday, February 12 (2006). The movie will be shown free of charge on outdoor screens set up in public areas outside the massive new Siam Paragon retail and entertainment complex which will be used as the centre for the upcoming Bangkok International Film Festival (Feb 17 - 27). The screening will feature musical performances of songs from West Si...

More Thai films at Bangkok Festival

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The selection of Thai films for the upcoming Bangkok International Film Festival has been completed, announced Jennifer Stark, Director of Programming for The Bangkok International Film Festival (February 17-27), “The films by Thai directors are so strong that there are Thai films in all categories of competition and in every section of the festival. The quality of films is such that we don’t need a special showcase for them in their own section as has been the case in the past with The Tha...

Westside Story to get early special screening from from Bangkok

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Bangkokians are due to get a special pre-festival screening of the classic Robert Wise Academy Award© winning film, West Side Story, on Sunday, February 12.The movie will be shown free of charge on outdoor screens set up in public areas outside the massive new Siam Paragon retail and entertainment complex which will be used as the centre for the upcoming Bangkok International Film Festival (Feb 17 to 27).The screening will feature musical performances of songs from West Side Story, along with a...

Fred Schepisi to head the Bangkok BIFF Festival

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Australian director Fred Schepisi, whose Empire Falls recently took home two Golden Globe awards, has been named President of the International Jury at the Bangkok International Film Festival (February 17-27). Other members of the jury include actor/director Charles Dance (Ladies in Lavender, Swimming Pool, Gosford Park), actor/screenwriter Julie Delpy (Broken Flowers, Before Sunset), actor Nancy Kwan (The World of Susie Wong, Flower Drum Song), producer Donald Ranvaud (The Constant Gardener an...

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