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February 10, 2006

HEAD OF THAI FILM FEDERATION RESIGNS

The escalating fracas in Thailand revolving around the Bangkok International Film Festival took its next step yesterday when the head of the Federation of the National Film Associations of Thailand, Somsak Techarattanaprasert, resigned.

"If people think I make trouble for the federation, why should I stay?" he asked, rhetorically. He then went on to accuse the Tourism Authority of Thailand of causing these problems.

"The TAT is behind the conflict. They should take responsibility," he claimed.

A temporary head is now installed and in 30 days the Federation will hold elections for a new chairman.

Also, a correction to the previous story. It read:

"In addition, no films were programmed for the SF Cinema City theater which is very close to the festival's main screens, and which is owned by Somsak Techaratanaprasert, head of the Federation of the National Film Association."

A reader pointed out to me that SF Cinema City is owned by the Thongrompo family. Mongkol Cinema, Somsak's exhibition company, owns a share in SF Cinema City and is on close personal terms with the head of SF, Suwat Thongrompo, but there is a common misperception in the Thai media that Somsak has great power over SF when in fact he does not.

(Thanks to Wisekwai and ThaiCinema.org for staying on top of all this head-exploding detail)

February 10, 2006 at 10:25 AM in News | Permalink

Comments

And thank you for covering this as well, and for the clarification about SF Cinema's ownership. It is duly noted. Kudos to your sharp reader for picking up on that.

The Bangkok Post's Kong Rithdee also weighs in on the mess. Check it out.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/Realtime/10Feb2006_real004.php

Posted by: wisekwai | Feb 13, 2006 8:40:06 AM

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