Tourism Authority seeks additional funds

BANGKOK — The fate of the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival remains uncertain, though the Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes it will unspool in July.

“We’ve set up the tentative date of July 21 to 30, but we still have to wait for approval from the governor and to sort out other details,” said a TAT publicist.

This year, the TAT will host the fest, rather than run it. It will transfer the operation to the Federation of National Film Producers Assn. of Thailand (FNFAT). FNFAT will work with the Thai Film Directors Assn. to program the fest.

Both orgs are waiting for TAT’s greenlight plus extra funding to top up TAT’s budget.

“It’s not confirmed 100% that the event will go through,” said Yongyooth Thongkongtoon, president of the Thai Film Directors Assn.

So far, no programming work has been done, and the delay will make programming even more difficult.

The fest has gone through tough times in the past three years, culminating with the bribery charge against Gerald and Patricia Green of Los Angeles-based Film Festival Management, which alleges they bribed a TAT official to land the fest contract. The case will begin in an L.A. court in the fall.

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