Thailand's tourism authority approves budget

BANGKOK — Thailand’s tourism authority has approved the budget for Bangkok’s first World Comedy Film Festival.

The event will complement the Bangkok Film Festival and the privately-run World Film Festival of Bangkok.

Tourism Authority of Thailand will co-host the comedy fest with the Federation of National Film Assn. The federation’s Nakorn Veerapravati will be fest director.

The WCFF will take place from April 23 to 29 and unspool some 60 comedy films from around the world, including a section featuring classic Thai laffers of the last 30 years.

“The operating budget will be around 60 million baht ($1.7 million), with about half coming from the government,” said Veerapravati. “Thailand is famous for its comedy films, and we believe it’s a good opportunity to introduce Thai audiences to comedy films from other countries.”

The comedy fest will invite internationally famous comedians but no one has been confirmed. It will also stage performances hosted by well-known local comedians.

The federation and tourism board co-host September’s Bangkok Film Festival.

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