You still have time to catch a few screenings at the 2016 European Union Film Festival at the SF Cinema at CentralWorld, which runs till Sunday July 3rd (before heading to Chiang Mai). However the big film news this month is the return of the Thailand International Film Destination Festival (TIFDF), which will take place from July 6th-12th. This exciting 7-day showcase of feature films shot right here in Thailand will be held this year at the Paragon Cineplex. The amount of star power coming to Thailand is getting bigger all the time—just last year action hero Jason Statham and superstar Jessica Alba were in the kingdom filming Mechanic 2: Resurrection. But, more importantly, this festival also highlights some smaller budget films shot in Thailand that may not have even have had a cinematic release here. Scheduled films at this year’s festival include the comedy Happy Hour in Paradise (Sweden), the action-comedy Detective Chinatown (China), the thriller drama Hacker (USA), and the family drama Fireflies (India). For full event screening information and detailed ticketing information, visit: www.thailandfilmdestination.com.
It’s also worth noting that each year the TIDFF runs in conjunction with The Amazing Thailand Film Challenge, in which over 60 filmmakers from across the globe are given the opportunity to come to Thailand and make a short film. Starting on July 4th the 32 film teams will spread across Thailand and must submit their completed short film by July 11th. The festival then concludes with a star-studded Awards Ceremony on Monday, July 13th—to be held this year at The National Theatre—during which the winning entries will be revealed.
In other film screening news the Goethe Institute of Thailand continues with its German film series, this month presenting the 2013 film Windstorm, directed by Katja von Garnier. It’s the tale of a 14-year-old girl sent to the countryside to spend time with her strict grandma. There she befriends “Ostwind”, a stallion that’s considered untameable and dangerous. The film will be presented first on Sunday July 10th, at 1pm at the Thai Film Archive (Salaya), followed by a screening on Tuesday July 12th at 6pm at the Cinemateque of Film Archive (2nd floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre). Both screenings will be in German with English subtitles, and admission is free.
Later in the month, on July 15th, the second edition of The 30 Second Film Festival comes to town. Hosted by Whiteline – Silom 8, the event begins at 8pm and will be showcasing the finalists from this year’s competition. The best under-one-minute film—based on audience vote—will win this year’s grand prize of B10,000. The awards ceremony will be followed by an after party, which will no doubt run late into the night. Find out more by visiting: www.facebook.com/30SecondFilmFestival.
Finally, on Saturday July 23rd, the BACC Cinema Diverse: Director’s Choice series presents Nebraska (2013) directed by Alexander Payne. The theme for the evening is ‘The Female Perspective’, and the film has been chosen by Wanweaw and Weawwan Hongvivatana, the twin sisters behind the Thai documentary Wish Us Luck. The highly acclaimed Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern, follows the journey of a cantankerous old man who thinks he’s struck it rich after receiving a phony sweepstakes letter in the mail. The film will be screened in English with Thai subtitles. Entry fee is B60, and showtime is 5pm at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre (BTS National Stadium).