The annual Bangkok International Film Festival will open for the fifth time on July 19, 2007 at SF World Cinema, Central World Plaza in Bangkok. The film festival is hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in order to promote the movie industry in Thailand. The festival showcases more than hundred of interesting films from around the world with some panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions running along the program from 19 July – 29 July 2007. At the end of the festival, there will also be the presentation of the Golden Kinnaree Awards which are judged by a panel of international jury members.
This year, the film festival has been postponed from its planned date in February due to financial problem of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The problem somehow resolved and the festival is rescheduled for the current date. As if it still needs more publicity, the Iranian embassy in Thailand recently asked to festival to take out the controversial acclaimed animated French feature film Persepolis which is set to be the opening film of the festival. The film tells the story of the Islamic Revolution as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl which might post as a sensitive issue for Iranian citizens.
Hopefully, the festival will be a success. We’ll see how it turns out in the next ten days. If you are in Bangkok and love movies, you may drop by and watch some films at SF World Cinema Central World Plaza. For film schedule and more information, please visit the festival official website at http://www.bangkokfilm.org/