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Asian Side of the Doc showcases Thailand 4.0 Thailand shines as Asia’s emerging documentary film trading hub

September 23, 2016 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Asian Side of the Doc Bangkok event, will be held at the Avani Riverside Hotel, Bangkok from 31 October to 3 November 2016. Held for the first time in Thailand, the event will launch Thailand as a new regional marketplace for documentary films. The event aims to establish a business platform for producers, distributors and investors in Asia’s documentary film business from more than 40 countries around the world, under the Thailand 4.0 concept for national development. 

Commenting on the event, Mr. Stephane Lambert, Managing Director of Wishtrend Thailand Co Ltd. and official representative, partner and main sponsor, disclosed: “Our preparations for this event are 90% ready. Film directors, distributors, government agencies, media representatives, globally-renowned documentary film makers and educational institutions from around the world have confirmed their participation. We have a host of activities planned for everyone, including a trading floor for buying and selling documentary works via One-on-One Meetings, in-depth analyses, workshops, project pitches and expert guidance on how to create a social marketing network that can maximize benefits for the industry.”

“Moreover, from 19-22 September 2016, the Asian Side of the Doc is organizing a Workshop & Master Class for ASEAN Projects. The aim will be to fine-tune the skills of producers and directors of feature films from around the world, in all areas of documentary film production, offering guidelines on producing teasers, loglines and the art of pitching, as well as guidance on global marketing. The workshop will be led by three luminaries in the field: Yves Jeanneau (founder of the Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc), Amanda Groom (a TV documentary producer with 20 years’ experience) and Edmee Milot (a globally-renowned documentary film producer and author with over 25 years’ experience, Edmee is Managing Director of the ELEZAR feature film production company). In addition, nine selected documentary projects will enter the final round of our contest, and the remaining six finalists will present their work to the judging panel, comprising experts from Thailand, France and UK; the award winners will be announced during a ceremony, and all finalists will be invited to attend the Asian Side of the Doc Bangkok event as an observer.”

The nine documentary film projects from various countries that have made it through to the final round are as follows:

  1. Thailand’s Mysterious Girl Skeleton: Nitchanan Kittkhun (Panorama Worldwide, Thailand)
  2. Fighting Inside: Raul Gallego (Abellan, Myanmar)
  3. The Doctor: Naruemon Chaingam (Fat Stone Films Co., Ltd., Thailand)
  4. The Last Lake: Lida Chan (Cloud Film, Cambodia)
  5. My Father the Executioner: Cha Escala (Hiraya Pictures, Philippines)
  6. From Above- Southeast Asia’s Coastlines: Laddawan Sandak (Panorama Worldwide, Thailand)
  7. The Liar of the Sea: Kaewkhwan Ruengdecha (Documania Co., Ltd, Thailand)
  8. Protein Monsters: Nattanan Kulrapeekorn (TV Burabha Co., Ltd., Thailand)
  9. Rising/Shining/Sharing: Nares Hanphanpong (Thailand TV Burabha Co., Ltd., Thailand)

“The documentary film industry is recognized as one of the country’s creative industries under the Thailand 4.0 strategy. The government strongly supports the harnessing of technology, innovation and creativity to add value to the industry’s products and services. Thailand’s potential is underscored by the diversity of its creative talent and cultural capital from all regions of the country, its strong basic infrastructure and an enabling regulatory framework for documentary filmmakers. These factors all continue to Thailand’s unique attraction for documentary filmmakers from around the world. Asian Side of the Doc believes that the documentary films will be the industry of the future that will propel Thailand as a comprehensive industry trading hub for all of Asia”.

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