Bangkok World Film Festival to be revived under new management in December after a six-year hiatus.
Donsaron Kovitvanitcha was appointed director of the festival by the Nation Group, the organizers of the previous 14 editions of the event, which ran from 2003 to 2017. The 15th edition will take place from December 2 to 11.
Donsaron said Filter that the plan to restart the festival was first drawn up by National Group Deputy General Manager Adisak Limparungpattanakij, senior project manager and journalist Nithinand Yorsaengrat, and longtime festival director Kriengsak “Victor” Silakong. However, Victor, who had run the festival since 2003, died of a heart attack in March this year.
Under Victor’s leadership, the Bangkok World Film Festival has become Thailand’s longest-running international film festival. It gained prominence when the Bangkok International Film Festival, supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), was halted in 2009 due to a corruption scandal. The previous Bangkok World Film Festival took place in January 2017.
As a multi-hyphenated journalist, independent producer and festival programmer, Donsaron is a familiar face on the circuit. He worked as a programmer for the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival, which mainly focuses on Southeast Asian cinema.
He is also a leading producer of acclaimed independent films such as Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit die tomorrowand Anucha Boonyawatana Malila: the farewell floweras well as that of Sorayos Prapapan Arnold is a model studentthe premiere of which will take place within the framework of the Filmmakers of the Present competition in Locarno.
“We haven’t done that for many years. We have to start all over again to bring back an international film festival,” says Donsaron. He will assume his new role as festival director from July.