Thai Film Festivals and Events

Thai film festivals and events

Thai film festivals and events provide an engaging way to experience Thailand’s culture first-hand, as well as giving you access to some of its most captivating and daring films.

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1. Krungthep Klang Plaeng

Krungthep Klang Plaeng in Bangkok is a month-long film festival and event that opens the red carpet for locals and visitors alike. Showcasing Thai and foreign films at various venues around town, from open air theatres to cinemas, this festival brings out all the stops.

Krungthep Klang Plaeng, a collaboration between Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thai Film Director Association, Thai Open-air Theatre Association, Thai Film Archive and Better Bangkok, seeks to promote Thailand’s film industry by offering viewers classic and contemporary movies in their homes or offices. The first Krungthep Klang Plaeng event took place on July 7 and continues through August 25.

This event will transform a number of residential, recreational and entertainment venues into outdoor cinemas. Benchakitti Park in particular will host screenings and other leisure activities from Friday to Saturday.

Another venue is Siam Square Walking Street, a newly opened forest park featuring bike lanes and running tracks that look like barricades to keep it away from busy streets and communities.

This open space in Bangkok was created as a haven of relaxation and serenity for city dwellers who are tired of their hectic lives. It features a lush, shady grandstand with breathtaking views of Bangkok’s skyscrapers at night.

The park is home to more than 50 species of birds, such as spotted owlets, Indochinese rollers, Asian openbills and cormorants. Furthermore, its biodiverse ecosystems provide a haven for dragonflies and butterflies.

This park is ideal for those seeking breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. With shady trees, vibrant flowers and unique native plants, you can take in all that nature has to offer in Bangkok’s beauty.

Krungthep Klang Plaeng will also offer cultural performances and other leisure activities in addition to outdoor movies. This is an excellent chance for individuals to get out of their houses, socialize with others, and discover something new.

2. World Film Festival of Bangkok

World Film Festival of Bangkok is one of Southeast Asia’s biggest film festivals. After five years away, it will return to Bangkok from December 2-11 under new leadership led by Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, replacing Kriengsak Silakong who had led it since 2003.

From December 2-11 at San Francisco World Cinema CentralWorld, the 15th World Film Festival of Bangkok showcased more than 50 films including Aftersun by Scottish director Charlotte Wells, Alcarras by Spanish director Carla Simon and Aru otoko (A Man) by Japanese filmmaker Kei Ishikawa.

In addition to screening films, the festival also hosted a workshop on fund raising for new film projects with support from Festival of Three Continents from Nantes, France. Furthermore, an exclusive Harvest of Talents competition was held for promising directors.

Additionally, there was a tribute to Taiwanese actress, director and screenwriter Sylvia Chang as well as an exhibition of Percy Adlon’s works. Additionally, Rafal Olbinski had his poster exhibition featured.

At the event, Thai actors Sombat Metanee and Dokdin Kanyamarn were interviewed during “Thai Night.” Other events include the screening of 1970s musical comedy Ai Tui by Dokdin featuring Sombat and Petchara Chaowarat as featured guests.

This year’s festival was a huge success, featuring 61 international and local films (including 20 experimental shorts) showing at various venues throughout Bangkok. All films were presented in both Thai and English with subtitles provided for ease of understanding.

World Film Festival’s mission is to foster international and interregional connections within the spirit of independent film production. By providing access to contemporary feature length and short films from around the world, Thai audiences can become acquainted with leading curators in this industry as well as experience some of the finest creations both internationally and locally.

Since 2004, the festival was led by veteran cinematographer-director Kriengsak “Victor” Silakong, who tragically passed away in March 2022. The next edition will be directed by Donsaron Kovitvanitcha and take place from December 2-11.

3. Taiwan Documentary Film Festival

The Taiwan Documentary Film Festival is a biennial film festival that showcases documentary films from Taiwan. Established in 2001, this event has become an institution within Taiwanese culture and media circles.

The festival offers viewers an impressive selection of documentaries about various cultures. Furthermore, attendees have the unique opportunity to interact with filmmakers and gain an inside look into their projects.

In addition to screening films, the event also offers workshops and conversations with filmmakers and other experts in the industry. This year’s edition of the fest will showcase an eclectic range of titles – classics as well as modern-day stories.

On March 17th, a special program will focus on Kinmen Island region, a small country off China’s coast that is administered by Taiwan. This will include several short films set there as well as some feature-length films.

One of the standout shorts is Remember Me, which follows three residents of an island as it documents their lives with photos and documents and exposes the tensions that exist between them. Other shorts include The Bride Who Has Returned From Hell (Di Yu Xin Niang) and Tarzan and the Treasure (Tai Shan Bao Cang).

Another highlight of the event is the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, which showcases documentaries about various anthropological topics. Running since 2001, this is considered to be the longest-running ethnographic film festival in Asia.

In addition to documentary films, the event will also showcase other genres like dramas and animations. The Ministry of Culture hopes that this festival will promote more cultural exchanges between Thailand and Taiwan.

On October 26 at SF Cinema MBK Center, an opening ceremony was held with government representatives including National Assembly Member Fan Sun-lu in attendance. There were speeches from officials as well as a presentation by Edmond K. Y. Wong from the Chinese-Taipei Film Archive.

Mayor Hou You-Yi of New Taipei City, who applauded the documentary films displayed at the event, explained that his city government supports documentary filmmaking through competitions and open screenings. To further enhance visibility for its winning films, New Taipei City Documentary Film Award winners have also been promoted and will launch “New Taipei Theater” on EVA Air’s inflight entertainment system so international travelers can experience Taiwanese documentaries firsthand.

4. The Murderer

Bangkok International Film Festival (BIFF), one of Thailand’s best film festivals, takes place annually from October to December. This esteemed event serves as a platform for new and emerging Asian films while providing movie buffs with an eclectic selection of films from diverse cultures and regions. It truly offers something for everyone!

At the BIFF, there’s also an ‘On Screen’ section that features non-theatrical original content from online streaming services like Netflix and HBO Asia. This year, there will be two Netflix shows and a Thai language original series from HBO Asia called Forbidden featured at the festival.

The Murderer is an intriguing film shot entirely in Thailand and stars a popular Thai comedian named Mum Jokmok as a police officer investigating whether an English man killed his Thai in-laws. This creative take on mystery genre offers Netflix viewers another selection of local filmmakers’ work; The Murderer follows suit.

One of the most captivating films I have seen in a long time, and something I want to watch again and again. It is an iconic crime caper with an intriguing Buddhist twist; made in 1961 and available on Netflix today.

One of the most intriguing films I’ve recently watched is The Last Executioner, which follows a Thai man who was the country’s most prolific executioner. From 1989 until 2002, he carried out 55 executions. The story is truly disturbing and I expect viewers to be thoroughly shocked by its conclusion.

Tom Waller, a Bangkok-based director who has created numerous feature films, directed this one due to its unusual subject and unique perspective. He explained that he wanted to tell an inspiring story about someone who started off as an ordinary man but ended up doing extraordinary things. Tom anticipates this movie being screened around the world – both in Thailand and beyond.