Bangkok International Film Festival

The Bangkok International Film Festival (BKKIFF) (Thai: เทศกาลภาพยนตร์นานาชาติกรุงเทพฯ) is[1] an international film festival held annually in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2003. In addition to film screenings, seminars, gala events and the Golden Kinnaree Awards.

Bangkok International Film Festival
LocationBangkok, Thailand
AwardsThe Golden Kinnaree Awards


First years

The Bangkok International Film Festival was first held in 2003, and was organized by Nation Multimedia Group in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or TAT. Prior to 2003, the Nation Group had organized the Bangkok Film Festival (note, no "international" in the title), first held in 1998.[2] After the 2003 event, the Nation Group and the TAT split. The TAT continued with the Bangkok International Film Festival from 2004, while Nation Multimedia founded the World Film Festival of Bangkok, which was first held in October 2003.

For management of the Bangkok International Film Festival, the TAT awarded a contract to a Los Angeles, California firm, Festival Management, which programmed the festival from 2003 to 2006.

Such celebrities as Catherine Deneuve, Jeremy Irons, Michael Douglas, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Bai Ling, Christopher Lee, Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam and Joel Schumacher were flown to Bangkok to attend the festivals, and were present for such events as red carpet-festooned opening ceremonies, cocktail parties and awards banquets.[3][4][5]

Post-coup festival, bribery scandal

After the 2006 Thai coup d'état, the government installed by the military-run Council for National Security reduced the budget for the film festival by two thirds from 180 million baht to 60 million baht. As a result of the cuts, the TAT broke its management contract with Festival Management, and then postponed the 2007 edition of the festival from January to July. With a focus on Asian cinema the resulting festival was a lower-key affair than in previous years, though it did host a visit by Indian actress Hema Malini, who was the subject of a retrospective program.[6][7]

Following the 2007 event, management of the festival was transferred from the TAT to the Department of Export Promotion.[8]

In December 2007, the United States Department of Justice arrested Gerald and Patricia Green, the owners of Festival Management. In an affidavit by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, the Greens were accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for their alleged payment of US$1.7 million in bribes to a person the affidavit identified as the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.[9]

In Thailand, Juthamas Siriwan, who served as TAT governor from 2002 to 2006, denied any wrongdoing, but in the days before the December 23, 2007 general election, she resigned from the For the Motherland party, of which she served as deputy leader.[10][11][12]

As an appointed Governor of the TAT by Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai Government, the former governor is now indicted in USA for taking bribes in relation to the film festival.

In late February 2008 the website of the TAT announced that the 2008 Bangkok International Film Festival would be held in July. It was then postponed and held in September 2008, with TAT as the main sponsor but with the Federation of National Film Associations and the Thai Film Directors Association as the organizers.


Competition program

International competition

Up to a total of 12 international feature films can be selected for competition, judged by an international jury. Awards are presented for Best International Film, Best International Director, Best International Actor and Best International Actress.

ASEAN competition

Seeks to present the best films from the past year from ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The films in this competition are judged by members of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, and the winning film receives the Golden Kinaree for Best ASEAN Film.

Reel World

A program of recent feature-length documentaries, collected from countries all around the world. A Golden Kinnaree is awarded for Best International Feature Documentary.

New Voices

A selection of 10 to 15 international features from first- or second-time feature directors. The winning film will be presented with the award for Best New Director.

Asian Short Films

This competition includes live action, animation and documentary short films from all over Asia. There is an award presented for Best Asian Short Film.

Non-competition program

Thai Panorama

A collection of what the organizers determine as the most distinctive Thai films made and released over the past 12 months, as well as premieres of new films made in Thailand.

Tributes and retrospectives

Each year, the festival offers a glimpse to the life and career of its honored film personalities, including directors, actors and technicians, through a selection of what the organizers judge to be their finest cinematic moments.

Special presentations

This program consists of gala premieres and special screenings of new releases as well as restored copies of old classics, frequently accompanied by special festive activities such as concerts, outdoor screenings and appearances by stars, directors and crew members of the old films.

Windows on the World

A celebration of what the organizers determine to be the best of the world cinema, showcasing about 80 films from countries around the world, reflecting the international language of cinema. The selection includes critically acclaimed films from other leading festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Golden Kinnaree Awards

The annual Awards Gala presents The Golden Kinnaree Awards to the winning films and filmmakers. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Competitive awards

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Cinematographer
  • Best ASEAN Film
  • Best Asian Short Film
  • Best Feature Documentary
  • New Voices Award (Best New Director)
  • The Jameson Thai People’s Choice Award

Achievement Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award(s)
  • Career Achievement Award(s)
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Asian Cinema
  • Crystal Lens Award (Career Achievement in Cinematography)
  • Asian Eyes Award (Excellence in Asian Cinematography)
  • Thai Box Office Award (highest grossing Thai film in the previous year)

Particular years

See also


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  2. ^ Bangkok Film Festival stung by censorship in inaugural year; even offers array of new American work, IndieWire; retrieved 2007-12-22
  3. ^ Watson, Nigel. Bangkok International Film Festival 2003, Talking Pix; retrieved 2007-12-22
  4. ^ Bangkok International Film Festival: Bringing together East and West with spectrum of Asian and international films, IndieWire; retrieved 2007-12-22
  5. ^ An uneasy East-West fusion: The Bangkok International Film Festival, IndieWire; retrieved 2007-12-22
  6. ^ BKK International Film Festival reschedules Archived 2007-02-28 at the Wayback Machine, The Nation, 2007-02-22.
  7. ^ TAT's rescheduled film festival on July 19-29, The Nation, retrieved 2007-03-17.
  8. ^ Rithdee, Kong. October 27, 2007. Do we really need film festivals? Archived 2009-07-11 at the Wayback Machine, Bangkok Post; retrieved 2007-12-25
  9. ^ Gerald and Patricia Green affidavit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Justice, retrieved 2007-12-22
  10. ^ Hollywood bribery scandal takes spotlight in Thailand, with prime minister vowing justice, Associated Press via International Herald Tribune; retrieved 2007-12-25
  11. ^ Gerald Green arrested over Bangkok fest, Variety (magazine); retrieved 2007-12-25
  12. ^ DSI to look at US case, The Nation (Thailand); retrieved 2007-12-25

External links

2003 Bangkok International Film Festival

The 2003 Bangkok International Film Festival was held from January 10 to 21, 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand.

2004 Bangkok International Film Festival

The 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival started on January 22 and ran until February 2. The Golden Kinnaree Awards were announced on January 31.

2005 Bangkok International Film Festival

The 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival started on January 13 and ran until January 24. The Golden Kinnaree Awards were announced on January 21.

2006 Bangkok International Film Festival

The 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival was held from February 17 to February 27. The festival's events were held in the newly opened Siam Paragon, the first time all the festival's screenings, sidebar events, activities and film market were gathered under one roof.

The festival opened with the Asian premiere of Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Invisible Waves. The closing film was Rent by Chris Columbus.

Celebrity highlights included director Terry Gilliam giving a master class, actor Christopher Lee giving a talk and introducing a screening of The Man with the Golden Gun, as well as appearances by Catherine Deneuve, Willem Dafoe, Tadanobu Asano, Rita Moreno, Rufus Sewell, director Oliver Stone and cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

2007 Bangkok International Film Festival

The 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival was held from July 19 to July 29, 2007, at SF Group's SF World Cinema at CentralWorld. The fifth consecutive year for the festival, organizers planned a program of about 100 films, with an emphasis on Asian cinema.

Adrift (2009 Vietnamese film)

Adrift (Vietnamese: Chơi vơi) is a 2009 Vietnamese film directed by Bui Thac Chuyen and stars Linh Dan Pham, Do Thi Hai Yen, Johnny Tri Nguyen and Nguyen Duy Khoa. Hai Yen plays Duyen, a young tourist guide who marries Hai (Duy Khoa), a taxi driver, but her friend and writer Cam (Linh Dan) still has feelings for her. The film deals with issues in modern Vietnam such as homosexuality and loneliness of the young generation. The film is a co-production between Feature Film Studio n°1 (Vietnam) and Acrobates Films (France).Adrift was selected to participate in the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Bangkok International Film Festival. At the 66th Venice International Film Festival, FIPRESCI awarded Adrift with its prize for young directors and cinemas. At the Cines del Sur Festival 2010, the film won the NETPAC award.

Atsushi Ogata

Atsushi Ogata (緒方 篤, Ogata Atsushi) is a Japanese film director, scriptwriter, video artist, and actor. Born in Japan and partly raised in the United States, Ogata has worked in the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and the US. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ogata has received funding from ZDF German national public television and the Dutch National Film Fund for his screenplays.

Ogata's short film Eternally Yours (不老長寿, Furochōju), which he wrote, directed, and produced, was the only Japanese film to be selected for the New Directors/New Films Festival 2007 in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It won the Best Short Film Award at the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival in Thailand, the Seahorse Award Best Short Film at the Moondance International Film Festival 2007, and the Indie Soul Best Story Line Award at the Boston International Film Festival 2008. Wakiyaku Monogatari (脇役物語), his feature-film directorial debut, was released on October 23, 2010 in Japan.

Bride of Silence

Bride of Silence (Hạt mưa rơi bao lâu) is a 2005 Vietnamese film directed by Đoàn Minh Phượng and Doàn Thanh Nghia which played at several overseas film festivals including the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival.

Children of the Dark

Children of the Dark (闇の子供たち, Yami no Kodomotachi), also known as Children of Darkness, is a 2008 Japanese crime film written and directed by Junji Sakamoto based upon the book by the same name by Yang Sok-il. The film premiered on August 2, 2008 in Japan and stars Yōsuke Eguchi, Aoi Miyazaki and Satoshi Tsumabuki. Due to its content, Bangkok International Film Festival pulled Children of the Dark from its 2008 film lineup, stating that it was “not appropriate for Thai society.”

Goat Story

Goat Story - The Old Prague Legends (Czech: Kozí příběh - pověsti staré Prahy) is a 2008 English-language the first Czech and East Europe 3D computer-animated fantasy comedy feature film written by Jan Tománek and David Sláma, produced and directed by Jan Tománek with music by David Solař and animated by Art And Animation studio.

The film was made for five years and only about ten animators and 3D graphic designers worked on it in comparison with foreign films of large foreign studios. The film's budget was $ 1.8 million, a negligible amount, compared to the Shrek movies (budget: $ 60 million) that it was often compared to.

The film features the Czech famous voices of Jiří Lábus, Matěj Hádek, Mahulena Bočanová, Michal Dlouhý, Petr Pelzer, Jan Přeučil, Viktor Preiss, Miroslav Táborský, Karel Heřmánek, Petr Nárožný, Dalimil Klapka, Pavel Rímský, Ota Jirák, Filip Jevič and Justin Svoboda. It was the first Czech and East Europe feature-length computer animated film. The film was theatrically released on October 16, 2008 by Phase 4 Films and Bontonfilm. It won the main prize at the 2010 Buenos Aires International Children's Film Festival. The film featured on the cover of the March 2008 edition of American magazine Animation.It was also the very first CGI-animated film to be Rated PG-13 by the MPAA in the United States.

In 2012 Art And Animation studio produced the sequel of the movie Goat story with Cheese.

In 2015 put producers the movie on YouTube for free. There are many language mutations (Except the original Czech, also English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, Hindi)


Invisible Waves

Invisible Waves (Thai: คำพิพากษาของมหาสมุทร) is a 2006 crime film by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, with screenplay by Prabda Yoon, cinematography by Christopher Doyle, and starring Tadanobu Asano – all people that Pen-Ek had worked with on his previous film, Last Life in the Universe. It had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and was also shown at the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival and the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

James Lee (Malaysian film director)

James Lee, is a Malaysian Chinese film director. He was born Lee Thim Heng (Chinese: 李添兴) in 1973 in the city of Ipoh in Perak. He is one of the pioneers of the Malaysian Digital Film movement. His film The Beautiful Washing Machine won the Best Asean Feature Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival 2005. Besides directing, he had also produced the early films of other Malaysian filmmakers, namely, Amir Muhammad and Ho Yuhang, under his production house, Doghouse73 Pictures.

John Bush (filmmaker)

John Bush is a film director, cinematographer, and visual artist based in New York City. Bush’s documentary film trilogy of Buddhist pilgrimage in Southeast Asia and Tibet, The Yatra Trilogy, later renamed Journey into Buddhism by PBS, was broadcast nationwide as a 4.5 hour PBS mini-series, as well as in Europe and South Africa.

John Bush’s films have been official selections in various major film festivals in competition for Best Documentary, including the Bangkok International Film Festival, the Rome Film Festival, and the Filmfest München (the Munich International Film Festival). Direct Pictures is his production company in Lower Manhattan.

Li Yixiang

Li Yixiang (Chinese: 李易祥), also known as Li Qiang (李强), is a Chinese actor. He appeared in movies such as Ji Quan Bu Ning, Crazy Lottery. In 2002, he starred as one of the two murderous con men in director Li Yang's Blind Shaft, opposite Wang Baoqiang as his naive would-be victim. Li shared the Golden Kinnaree for Best Actor at the 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival along with Wang, and fellow Blind Shaft co-star, Wang Shuangbao.Li went on to star in Lost and Found, Ma Liwen's black comedy about a migrant worker in Beijing.

Muay Thai Chaiya

Muay Thai Chaiya or Chaiya (Thai: ไชยา) is a 2007 Thai drama film about two talented muay Thai boxers, boyhood friends whose lives take divergent paths after they arrive in Bangkok. The film is the solo directorial debut by Kongkiat Khomsiri, who had previously been among seven directors on Art of the Devil 2, and had written the screenplay for The Unseeable.

It premiered as the closing film at the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival, and opened in wide release in Thailand cinemas on August 30, 2007.


Ploy (Thai: พลอย) is a 2007 Thai film written and directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. The film premiered during the Directors' Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.The drama film stars Thai actress Lalita Panyopas in a story of a middle-aged married couple who question their relationship after seven years. Ananda Everingham is featured in a supporting role as a bartender.

The film contained sex scenes that were shown at Cannes, but due to censorship concerns had to be re-edited by the director so the film could be shown in cinemas in Thailand when it opened there on June 7, 2007. The uncensored version of the film was shown in Thailand at the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival.

Santa Santita

Santa Santita, or Magdalena, The Unholy Saint, is a 2004 Filipino film starring Angelica Panganiban and Jericho Rosales, directed by Laurice Guillen. The film follows Malen, the daughter of an intercessor, her love affair with a hustler and gigolo, and her confrontation of the evil within her life. Based on a script by Jerry Gracio, the film was picked up by Guillen in 2000 but did not start production because an appropriate actress for Malen could not be found. After picking Panganiban, Guillen began work, and the eventual film was released on November 17, 2004, in the Philippines and March 11, 2005, internationally. Receiving good reviews from Variety and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Santa Santita was one of only two films to be rated as Grade A by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines, and represented the Philippines at the Asiaticafilmediale festival in Italy and the Bangkok International Film Festival.

Sunny and the Elephant

Sunny and the Elephant is a 2007 feature film written and directed by Frederic Lepage, a French author and producer.

It tells the story of a young city boy wanting to become the mahout, the elephant driver. Despite his master's belief that only karen tribe people are born to be mahouts, the lad finally wins his heart and becomes a real mahout.

It stars Keith Chin, Simon Woods, Grirggiat Punpiputt, Gal Srikarn Nakavisut, Glen Chin, Xuen Dangars, Siriyakorn Pukaves, Raymond Tsang, and many other famous Asian actors. Music by Joe Hisaishi.

Sunny and the Elephant was presented at the American Film Market in 2007, and at the Bangkok International Film Festival in September 2008. It was released worldwide in 2008.

The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door (Indonesian: Pintu Terlarang) is a 2009 Indonesian thriller film, directed by Joko Anwar. It is based on the novel Pintu Terlarang, written by Sekar Ayu Asmara. Joko Anwar won the Best of Puchon award at the 2009 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, and was nominated for the Golden Kinnaree Award at the 2009 Bangkok International Film Festival.

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