Magazine article Screen International

First Thai Destination Fest Wraps

Magazine article Screen International

First Thai Destination Fest Wraps

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The inaugural Thailand International Film Destination Festival (TIFDF) wrapped yesterday with organiser Thailand Film Office calling it a success with hopes to continue in future.

The festival, which aimed to promote Thailand as a place for international film productions, included a short film competition, screenings of films shot in Thailand, tours of facilities and seminars discussing the relative merits of the country as well as its lack of tax incentives.

Ubolwan Sucharitakul, acting director of the Thailand Film Office, said: "We also hope that we have shown that within the Thailand Film Office we are extremely receptive to feedback. We hope that this event will be the first of many, and that the momentum created through this event can drive us forward to even greater successes in the future."

Tours of local facilities including Kantana where The Weinstein Company's large-scale period piece Shanghai was shot after being denied permits to shoot in China, and the Spice Shop, the high-tech post-production house where Wong Kar Wai worked on The Grandmaster.

The fest held the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge to shoot shorts of 5-7 minutes in length in areas across Thailand. The competition received 520 entries from across the world. From these they invited 48 international teams and two local teams to come shoot April 2-8 in Thailand. The winner for Best Film was the local team of Badin Chaisombat and Somkamon Sea-ngow with The Contemporary Soul.

The fest also held a day of seminars April 5 with mostly Hollywood and local film professionals discussing experiences shooting in Thailand. …

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