Bangkok Fest gets new team from Palm Springs

About 120 pix to be selected in three categories

BANGKOK — The team who formerly ran the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, Craig Prater and Jennifer Stark, have taken the reins of the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival .

The second edition of the event, organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, is skedded to run Jan. 22- Feb. 2, 2004, with Prater as fest executive director and Stark in charge of programming.

Some 120 films will be selected in three categories: competition, cinematography, and a special section on Southeast Asian cinema. The Special Presentation competition section will feature selections from around the world. The awards are categorized into three groups: Golden Kinaree (the main prizes decided by a jury for best film, director, actor, actress, cinematographer from the competition section), Fipresci and Shorts.

The BKIFF market is expected to run in tandem with the fest after being cancelled last January due to time constraints. The Tourism Authority will stage the market with the cooperation with the Federation of National Film Assn., Dept. of Export Promotion and Thailand Film Office. The market is for international buyers and will act as a showcase for Thai locations and production facilities.

One of the previous co-organizers, Nation Multimedia Group, quit and now runs the World Festival of Bangkok in November.