Sunday, January 13, 2008




The more things change …

The 5th Bangkok Experimental
Film Festival, March 2008

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Governments come and go. So do coups. The West keeps drawing its ‘roadmaps’, but who’s driving? For some, having no elected government is a terrifying state of affairs. For others, it’s just business as usual.

Change is not impossible. It’s constant. Nothing is permanent. Traditional wisdom – especially in Buddhism – says that time is cyclical, a rhythm of renewal and regeneration. But modernity’s clock is ticking. Its history is linear, irreversible, a path towards a different future. Will our history be one of progress, or will it be looped?

Political, social, historical, biological, cosmic? What are the cycles that give shape to contemporary life? Can art interrupt them, or should it work with them, go along with them?

The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival is seeking films and other screen-based work that explores the rhythms and cycles of contemporary life. All genres and styles will be considered, including experimental film and video, documentary, art film, animation, machinima, etc.

Experimental film is not just about technical innovation – it’s about new voices and new perspectives. It’s about yesterday and tomorrow. It can articulate the furtive connections between the ordinary and the extraordinary, the personal and the public.

BEFF5 is organised by Kick the Machine, Project 304 and the Thai Film Foundation, and is also supported by Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific.

To submit your work, please download the BEFF 5 Entry Form here: and send it with your submission to:

BEFF 5, c/o Jim Thompson Art Center,
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Deadline: Friday, 1 February, 2008

For more info please call +66 (0)86 311 6062, or email


The Festival is being organized by Project 304, Kick the Machine, and the Thai Film Foundation, and is supported by Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific. The previous editions of the festival took place in Bangkok in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2005.

-- To present the latest experimental screen culture – by local, regional and international artists – to the Thai public, in Bangkok and other Thai cities;
-- To support the development of experimental film and art film in Thailand, and create opportunities for artistic expression in these experimental modes;
-- To allow artists and filmmakers to present their works, as well as share opinions and investigate new modes of creativity;
--To provide a forum for the arts and film community to expand its perspectives on contemporary society via experimental film, and for a wider discussion with the general public.

DVD (PAL, NTSC) with English subtitles

Screening Period
Bangkok, March 26 – 30, 2008
(Schedules for other cities TBA)

1) All submitted works must have been executed after 2006 (except in Retrospective and special sections, for which works will be selected by our curatorial staff). The length of the work is not limited. Productions whose themes show a commitment to promoting the creative art of the moving image are strongly encouraged.

2) The work should be with subtitles in English.

3) The works should be sent ‘freight pre-paid’, i.e. at sender’s cost.

4) The Festival is responsible for the screening schedule of the film.

5) The Festival has the right to reject material that is not relevant to the objectives of the festival.

6) After the festival, the DVDs and accompanying materials will not be returned. They will be kept as BEFF archives and will not be shown to the public without the consent of the filmmaker or the film producer.

1) Deadline for all applications is Friday, 1 February, 2008.
2) Entrants whose films have been selected will be notified soon after the selection.
3) DVDs, accompanying documents, and entry forms should be sent to:

BEFF 5, c/o- Jim Thompson Art Center,
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand Tel./Fax. +662.219.2911 Email:

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