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FFM will not run ’07 bangkok fest

Thai event will go ahead as scheduled from Jan. 26 through Feb. 5

Film Festival Management, the U.S. firm that has operated the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival in Thailand for three years, has been told that it will not be running the 2007 event.

Firm, which also previously operated the Palm Springs fest, was informed Monday by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The TAT says that the fest will go ahead as skedded from Jan. 26 through Feb. 5 at a venue in downtown Bangkok, which has yet to be identified.

“We informed FFM that due to budgetary considerations it would be difficult to work together under current circumstances this year,” TAT international PR division director and BIFF prexy, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya said. “We hope to work together again in the future.”

Many aspects of Thai life have been severely hit by the September military coup in Thailand. “We have been told that we have a budget for the festival of Baht130 million ($3.25 million),” said Kunjara Na Ayudhya.

Departure of FFM means that programming of the fest will be conducted by Thai locals and that program is likely to take a more Asian regional approach.

“We don’t have much time and will work with our Asian neighbors,” Kunjara Na Ayudhya said.

TAT and BIFF say they will also hold the Bangkok Film Market as planned Jan. 29-Feb. 2, at a venue to be announced and under a new market chief.

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