Bangkok will host the second Asia Destination Film
Forum on 30 January 2020.
The event, co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Itthipol Khunpluem, Thailand’s Minister of Culture, and Dr.
Sorajak Kasemsuwan, Secretary General of the National Federation
of Motion Pictures and Contents Association, will take place at
First launched at the 2018 Mekong Tourism
Forum in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, by the Mekong Tourism
Coordinating Office (MTCO), the forum is designed to showcase and recognize films that
promote destinations and sustainability, through the power of
The forum will consist of
sessions held by Nick Ray from
Hanuman Films, Joe Cummings, editor at large of Bangkok 101,
Fah Daengdej, Host of The Passion on Nation TV 22, and others,
exploring how consumers are inspired to visit destinations by visual storytelling from
movies to user-generated videos, how tourism
boards can leverage films, how businesses can benefit from visual
storytelling, and how it can drive sustainability.
In addition to sessions and case studies by Tom
Waller, producer of “The Cave” (Thailand), and by Ekachai Uekrongtham, executive producer of the Netflix series
Stranded” (Thailand), there will be case studies by the Singapore Tourism
Board, Busan City Tourism Organization, as well as the
Authority of Thailand.
Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2019 San
Diego International Film Festival “The Steed” (Mongolia), as well
as Hanuman Films’ award-winning “The Last Reel” (Cambodia) will
screen during the event.
In addition, films submitted to the
Thailand Film Festival, in collaboration with the Thailand Film
Office of the Department of Tourism, and the Mekong Mini Movie
Festival, in partnership with MTCO, will be shown during the forum.
In the evening, the 2020 Asia
Destination Film Awards, as well as the Mekong Mini Movie Festival
Awards, will be presented, followed by a Mongolia BBQ
Film Festival night with a Mongolian celebrity BBQ chef and
traditional cultural performances hosted by the Ministry of
Environment and Tourism Mongolia.
Executive Director of MTCO and
founder of the Destination Film Forum and Awards, said, “Today, video is one of the most powerful mediums when promoting a
destination. It has the chance to awaken the wanderlust in the
viewer by showing the essence and uniqueness of a place in just a
few short moments. However, the power of inspiring people via film
goes beyond promoting destinations; it can also drive change and
responsible travel behavior, striving to emphasize tourism that is
sustainable, responsible, environmentally conscious, and bringing
benefits to local communities. In partnership with WWF and Khiri
Travel, the Mekong Mini Movie Festival is creating awareness of sustainable tourism and conservation, focusing on the festival’s
mascot, the endangered Mekong Dolphin.”
A Destination Film Forum networking happy hour
with film previews will take place at the popular Spectrum Lounge
& Bar at the
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit at 17:30 on 29