Event overlaps with Entertainment Expo

BANGKOK — After months of speculation, the Bangkok International Film Festival has set its dates for this year’s edition as Sept 23-30.

The festival will partly overlap the Thailand Entertainment Expo, which begins on Sept 24 and combines markets for film, music, television and animation.

Federation of National Film Association of Thailand and Thai Directors’ Association are taking over organization from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which will continue to partially finance the event.

“We will try to focus on Asian content,” Yongyooth Thongkongtoon, president of the directors’ association, said. “We don’t have much time to work this year, but we want to keep the festival alive and next year we’ll see some real development.”

The amount of budget is not confirmed, but Yongyooth said earlier that it will be around 25 million baht ($800,000), a steep cut from $5 million in 2006 and $2 million in 2007.

Film-maker, Pimpaka Towira will serve as chief programmer. She said the line-up will be around 80 films and that the event will be held at SF World Cinema, a top multiplex in downtown Bangkok.

The Thailand Entertainment Expo is hosted by the Department of Export Promotion.

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