TAT Governor announces the success of the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival
29 July 2007
This evening at Lotus Room 22nd Floor of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, spoke to the media about the success of the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival. The conference was attended by Mrs.Suwannee Chinchiawsharn, Vice President of SF Cinema City Co., Ltd., and Mr. Chaiwat Thaweewongsaengthong, the Chairman of The Federation of National Film Association of Thailand. There was then the screening of the closing movie “Muay Thai Chaiya” presented by Five Star Production.
The 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival had selected 122 movies from 41 countries with many films from Asia. In the ASEAN Film section there was good feedback from the audience for films such as The Rebel from Vietnam, Love for Share from Indonesia and Before We Fall in Love Again from Malaysia. Thai movies also received good response, such as Ploy and Bangkok Time. There were many seminars and workshops for those interested in the movie world.
The Bangkok Film Market was held from 23rd-25th July at Royal Paragon Hall 3, Siam Paragon. The market offered opportunities to the Thai film industry to network and build good relationships among the world film industry. Many international film distributors in Thailand joined this film trade event.
In addition, more than a hundred of companies involved in post-production, film locations and computer animation and graphics participated. For this year, Thai action and animation films came from many companies, with films such as ‘Muay Thai Chaiya’, the latest work of Kongkiat Komesiri, from Five Star Production; ‘The Queen of Lukasuka’ of Nonzee Nimibutr from Sahamongkol Film; Box Office’s ‘Bangkok Adrenaline’, directed by Raymond Huber; ‘Brave’, by Film Frame Production, Thailand-Malaysia co-production, Thanapon Maliwan as director; ‘The Life of Buddha’, Wallapa Pimthong’s 2D animation, traded by Monofilm – the income of which to be presented to His Majesty; ‘Nak’, a CG animation from BeBoydCG, invested by Prachya Pinkaew’s Ba-Ram-Ewe and Sahamongkolfilm International – tells the story of a legendary Thai ghost in the modern world; etc.
It can be seen that the festival has been successful in the support of the Thai film industry in both the film production and the cinema business sides. The festival has played a part in the development of Thailand’s modern cinemas, regarded by many as the best in the world. It has also spurred other countries to organize their own film festivals, further strengthening the reputation of Southeast Asia as a hotbed for cinematic ingenuity.
Argentine Film takes the Honors
29 July 2007
The Argentinean film XXY took the top prize at the 2007 Golden Kinnaree awards in Bangkok at this year’s Bangkok International Film Festival. It was always thought that the movie, directed by Lucia Puenzo, would be a strong contender for the Best Film at the festival and so it turned out as the film was awarded the Golden Kinnaree in the face of many other great contenders. The nine films were considered by an international jury made up of prominent personalities in the cinematic field, as well as a number of notable independent film critics – some from the International Federation of Film Critics: FIPRESCI.
Films such as Ploy and Beaufort had been tipped as likely winners. However, this poignant film, XXY, tells the story of a 15-year-old ‘intersex’ person and the way her family copes with her condition, and the ultimate decision she must eventually make as she explores her sexuality.
In addition, an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ray Harryhausen for his contribution to cinema. The award was accepted by Gary Dartnall on behalf of Ray, who recently suffered an accident and was unable to attend the festival.
The award ceremony was held in the magnificently appointed Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld and presided by HRH Princess Ubol Ratana, ambassadors, government dignitaries, and movie stars.

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