By The Nation
With a current Thai film industry that is flourishing across many genres, this year’s Spotlight on Thai films showcase should be fascinating for festival goers. Scheduled to run from December 8 to 13 in the ancient capital of Laos, the festival will feature a range of feature film screenings, short film programmes, panel discussions, and events.
With a current Thai film industry that is flourishing across many genres, this year’s Spotlight on Thai films showcase should be fascinating for festival goers.
Along with the announcement of the festival’s dates, LPFF has also released the visual identity for this year’s festival – a crowd of traditionally-dressed locals, monuments come alive, and characters from folktales from all 10 Asean countries enjoying a film screening at LPFF’s popular and always-packed Night Venue.
“We also wanted to make something that reflected Southeast Asia’s diversity. This design is jam-packed with a lot of different characters – some traditional, some contemporary, some totally mythical – but all united through the experience of watching a movie, says festival director Gabriel Kuperman of MeIdea Full Service Agency’s Manilla Chounlamountri design.
“The festival has become known as an unmissable event for filmmakers from across the region, with plentiful opportunities for building connections with professionals from the ever-expanding Southeast Asian film industry. LPFF also stands apart from other film festivals in that it gives audience members intimate access to filmmakers, whether after their screenings, at public discussions or at festival events.
“One of the Luang Prabang Film Festival’s main goals is to encourage conversation, and so we really take pride in how easy and natural it is to ask your favourite filmmaker a question,” Kuperman adds.
Finding filmmakers at the festival is not difficult. At the 2016 event, more than half of the 32 films had their directors, producers, or lead actors in attendance, and LPFF expects these numbers to increase at the 2017 festival.
More than 22,000 people attended the festival over the course of the weeklong event in 2016, taking advantage of its many screenings, Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions, and live performances that go beyond the screen to include dance, theatre and live music.
All festival events are open to the public and free of charge, and visitors can go easily between the main venues on foot or via LPFF’s complimentary tuk-tuk shuttle service.
LPFF is funded by corporate sponsors, non-governmental organisations, embassies, and private donors. The main sponsors for the 2017 event are Pepsi, Beerlao, and Tigerhead drinking water
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