HONG KONG — The Asia Pacific Film Festival and award ceremony, which were due to have been held this month in Bangkok, have been postponed until February 2015.
Organizers, the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific, pointed to the poor health of the King of Thailand as a possible reason for the delay, but did not respond to Variety calls for further information.
The Thai King, the world’s longest reigning monarch, had his 87th birthday last Friday (Dec. 5), but as has become commonplace, official celebrations were cancelled due to health reasons.
The APFF, now in its 57th edition, traditionally changes venue each year, visiting different locations around the Asia Pacific region.
It is no stranger to disruption. It was held at the Venetian casino hotel in Macau for the last years, having had its attempt in September 2012 to visit mainland China blocked in July that year.
Then the reasons appeared to be political. The APFF has its secretariat in Taiwan, which China does not recognize as a separate political entity.
The festival is now to be held in Bangkok Feb 5-7, 2015.