Posted by Jen on 22 October 2007, 5:48 pm
On October 20th, Phuket kicked off its first ever Film Festival. Local celebrities attended the exciting event, highlighting with their high fashion and sparkling glamor just how far the area has changed since the tsunami.
The week long event is privately funded by the SF Cinema city and Jungceylong Shopping Complex in Patong and it’s obvious a lot of money and thought went into the event (almost half a million dollars to be exact).
This year, the festival is meant to celebrate the opening of the SF cinema. "However, we intend to make it an annual event," says SF’s managing director Suwit Thongrompo. "Phuket is a perfect place to have a film festival and we hope to have support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand next year to expand the scope of it. We dare not compare to, say, Pusan, but we do have the intention to make it grow."
Between October 20th and the closing of the festival next Saturday, a total of 40 films will be screened including six Thai movies.
Thai movie stars, including Prince Chatreechalerm Yukol and his actors from the King Naresuan movies, attended the opening gala. At the opening, a Spanish comedy entitled Dance Machine was screened.
"We go for family-oriented movies, we want to make this a people’s festival," programmer Scott Rosenberg, said. "We stay away from heavy art films or horror. After all this is a place that’s still recovering from the bad thing that happened."
Information on screenings, tickets and events still going on this week can be found at the Film Festival’s website.