Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia to host international film festival

Cambodia to host international film festival

Cambodia to host international film festival

LATER this year film fans will be able to wean themselves off their usual diet of pirate DVDs, for a few days at least, when the first annual Cambodian International Film Festival takes place in Phnom Penh.

Scheduled to run from October 20 to 23, the Kingdom’s inaugural cinematic event was announced at a press conference Thursday at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

Mariam Arthur, CEO of Kmy Films, one of the event’s co-organisers, said there would be between 30 and 50 films shown at various indoor and outdoor venues across the city. Outdoor events will be free and will likely be dubbed in Khmer, while indoor screenings will carry an as-yet-undecided admission fee.

Allan Cheung, chief marketing officer of FX Entertainment, the event’s main organiser alongside the ministry, said, “FX Entertainment is committed to creating an event … that will both impress the international community and help develop the Khmer industry”.

The idea of collaboration between Khmer and international filmmakers was high on the agenda, as was using the festival to promote Cambodia as a tourism and moviemaking destination.

Precise details of what films will be shown were not released but a statement from festival organisers promised “international independent films, award-winning documentaries, classic and modern Khmer films, youth-oriented films and films made in Cambodia”.

The film-loving public holds its breath.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on