Film Festival Jury Announced
London, 26 November 2003 The Second Bangkok International Film Festival was today announced by Mr. Tassna Wongrat, Regional Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). At an exclusive Press and Producer’s briefing at the UK’s prestigious BAFTA, Mr Wongrat introduced the Festival’s 2004 line up, announced the introduction of the Bangkok Film Market and confirmed that Thailand has now exceeded industry expectations as the burgeoning ‘Hollywood’ of South East Asia.
The 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival, the official film festival organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced its programme line-up for this year’s event, to be held from 22 January to 02 February, 2004. Encompassing the best of world cinema while also showcasing the finest films of Asia, the Festival will screen approximately 150 diverse films of the past year.
The Festival opens Thursday, 22 January, with an opening night premiere and reception at the Scala Theatre. The opening night film is RENAISSANCE from Thailand. The next day, screening will begin along with the official competition, which will be presented as Special Presentations. A total of twelve films from around the world, including possible submissions from other programs, will be screened at the Siam Theatre each evening at 7:00 pm and voted on by the Festival’s prestigious jury members. The Jury members for the 2004 international competition has been announced as:-
A new programme, ASEAN Panorama, is being introduced this year in the competitive category. A selection of films from ten countries - Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia - will be screened throughout the film festival and judged by members of FIPRESCI (International Association of Film Critics), who will present the Best ASEAN Film.
For audiences wishing to experience Thai filmmaking, the festival has created two separate programmes. In the reality genre is a retrospective of Thai documentaries including 14 October (1973); Hara Factory Workers (1976); In the Fringe of the Society (1981); Chinatown Montage (1982); and Mysterious Object at Noon (1999). The other new programme, 'Thai in Review', will allow attendees to see seven to eight of the most popular Thai films from the past year that have not been released internationally.
The festival is also introducing a Cinematographer’s Day. In reality this will run on two days: 29 and 30 January, 2004. The first day will consist of a 'Tribute to Christopher Doyle, HKSC' and will have this format:
“We have been delighted by the success of Thailand as a major destination for filming by many international productions. We are pleased to be hosting part filming of Bridget Jones Diary - 2 in the early part of next year and many other planned productions. Between 2001 and 2002, the number of film projects produced in Thailand increased by 20%, from 400 to 480. The increase in value of these films is even more significant: growing from 450 million baht to 1.4 billion baht during the same time period. In the first two months of 2003 alone, over 80 film projects were shot on location in Thailand.
We constantly strive to improve our regulatory and taxation framework that governs filming in Thailand. The Thai Film Board has made several changes to its regulations governing filming permits for foreign producers. For commercial shoots, the approval period for a permit has been shortened to less that five business days. Documentary and feature films currently take between one to five business days and seven to 14 business days, respectively.
Historically, the Revenue Department required foreign performers to a pay progressive income tax of 6% to 37%. The income tax rate now tops off at 10% for foreign performers, provided the Thai Film Board has already approved the film production.
As well as these incentives, TAT has joined with the Thai Film Board to coordinate and provide facilities for foreign film crews.
TAT is delighted to welcome you to attend the forthcoming Bangkok International Film Festival and experience and familiarise yourself with the outstanding facilities our country has to offer today’s film makers."
Those invited are well-known, respected operations with proven track records and great expertise in the packaging and structuring of multinational co-productions so important in today's film market.
This will be your opportunity to meet these leading companies from around the world as well as representatives of the Thai and Asian film industry, distributors, production houses, CGI and animation studios, producers, directors and bankers. All are seriously interested and eager to enter into co-productions and financially participate in the international TV and film market.
The Bangkok Film Market will offer several seminars and workshops focusing on international finance. For example, renowned accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers will helm a comprehensive film financing seminar with Lewis Horwitz, of The Lewis Horwitz Organization as one of the panelists, and Leon Morgan, of the prominent English law firm Davenport Lyons will conduct a workshop on the creation of tax-structure deals.
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