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Indie Film Fest

February 20, 2017
Bangkok Underground Film Festival
If you like your films edgy, eyeball some movies at Bangkok Underground Film Festival. The focus is on artistic merit, rather than mainstream offerings, so don’t expect any guest appearances from the Gos.

The platform for indie filmmakers returns with multiple screenings from local and global creatives across documentary, drama, video art, animation, shorts, feature films and more. It’s a great regional showcase for first-time or fledgling filmmakers to share their work.

Alongside Thai talent, you’ll see presentations from Burma, Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan, as well as international films from Australia, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Tunisia, Canada and the US.

Spread across three venues, the programme kicks off with two evenings of open-air screenings at Arunkarn (25-26 Feb), including The Last Mission, about the destruction of a forest’s rubber trees, Lost in Homeland about persecuted Rohingya refugees, and Ma-ae about a Burmese migrant who returns a customer’s lost wallet. Slate explores Burma’s punishing slate manufacturing industry.

Bridge Art Space (4 Mar) hosts live, collaborative performances, with dystopian, experimental and surreal films on upper floors (a video art installation runs from 5-12 Mar). Finally, day four at Gallery VER (5 Mar) includes the fabulously named Insurgency By A Tapir, with four filmmakers pushing a short story to extremes. Who needs popcorn when there are this many tasty ideas popping?

25 Feb – 5 Mar, 2017.

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Photos © Graham Meyer