Uruphong Raksasad's Agrarian Utopia screens at 2pm on Thursday at the Lux Cinema
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:23 Thomas Miller
Session Times for the first Cambodian International Film Festival
Thursday, October 21.
Friday, October 22.
Saturday, October 23.
The world premiere of Cambodian filmmaker Chhay Bora’s Lost Loves will take centre stage at Chenla Theatre on Saturday as part of the first annual Cambodian International Film Festival, which will showcase global cinema to audiences in the Kingdom from October 21 to 23.
Cedric Eloy of the Cambodian Film Commission said that it was also important to show Cambodian films from the 1990s “as they demonstrate the will of Cambodians to make their own, to produce their own films”, despite a lack of resources.
He lamented a lack of interest amongst contemporary Cambodian producers, “who do not see the direct benefit of participating in a film festival, as a film festival doesn’t bring back money directly”.
But, he contended, festivals can open up access to an international audience.
He and other organisers said they hoped that the festival would demonstrate the benefits to local filmmakers and encourage them to participate in future years.
By showcasing Chhay Bora’s Lost Loves, organisers hope to do just that – and pave a way for local filmmakers to show their work beyond Cambodia.
Festival screenings will be held at Chenla Theatre, French Cultural Centre, Lux Cinema and Bophana Audiovisual Centre, as well as outdoor screenings at Golden Sorya and Diamond Island. Three-day passes cost $5, or $1 for each film....
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