Short film fest marches on
The annual procession of the relevant, the madcap, and the singular returns with the 15th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, the country’s longest-running movie event. As usual, a selection of local and international short films _ plus documentaries and feature-length digital works is served up on the programme, with all screenings free of charge, from now until Sunday, Aug 28 at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
The preliminary round of screenings, in which all 580 short submitted to the festival were shown, took place in July; this is one of a few movie festivals in the world that screens everything sent to them.
What’s happening now at BACC is the final programme, with about 70 shorts competing for the respected Chang Phuek Award (for university students), Special Chang Phuek (for high-school students), Ratana Pestonji Award (for the general public), Payut Ngao-krachang Award (for animation), and a prize for international competition.
Over the years the Thai Short Film and Video Festival, hosted by the Thai Film Foundation, has laid out a liberal platform for young filmmakers who’ve tried and tested their understanding of contemporary cinema. Many of them have gone on to make commercial feature films, and a handful have established a cult-like status among devoted followers. And yet a few have exhibited a promising sign of auteur-in-the-making, the young arthouse mavericks who’re exploring new possibilities of movie narrative.