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Thai directors launch script project

Plan calls for writers to submit film treatments

BANGKOK — Two top Thai directors have launched the country’s first script development project, roughly following the model of Cinemart and Pusan Promotion Plan.

Nonzee Nimibutr and Pen-ek Ratanaruang have called for up-and-coming Thai scribes to submit a five-page treatment to Thailand Script Project.

A panel will pick 30 candidates who will go through screenwriting and pitching workshops with Thailand’s top producers and writers, after which they will have two months to finish the scripts. Fifteen finalists will then be presented with the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with studio heads.

Three prizes worth 100,000 baht each ($3,000) will be awarded to three top scripts.

Nimibutr, director of “Nang Nak” and “Jan Dara,” said, “We see the success of Cinemart and PPP and believe we can initiate something like that here.”

TSP is backed by government agencies set up during the previous administration to fund and oversee creative-driven activities. However, the Thai government has no specific funding programs for local filmmakers.

“We want to make it an annual project, or at least biannual, if we continue to have support from all parties,” Ratanaruang said.

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