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Success of Thai Films in Market: Who is the distributor?

  25 May 2005
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Cannes - Most distributors of Thai films attended the film market during Cannes Film Festival. Some of them even scored multiple deals there. But the real success depends on who are the distributors.

This year witnessed a large Thai contingent, which included local production studios like Five Star Production, GTH, RS Film, CM Film, Mangpong, and Mono Film, as well as foreign distributors of Thai films such as the Netherlands Fortissimo, the U.S.s Universal Entertainment, Chinas Han Media Culture, Hong Kongs Golden Network Asia, and Frances Alanys Film.

As part of the effort to land distribution deals, these companies screened Thai films at Cannes. GTH showed The Shutter. RS Film showed The Necromancer and Sagai United. Mangpong showed Rahtree Returns. CM Film Happy Inn and Nanacha: Wily Child. Fortissimo showed The Eye Infinity. Golden Network Asia showed Seven Street2, The Hitman File, and trailers of upcoming
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Prachya Pinkaews Tom Yum Goong, Bandit Thongdees The Mercury Man, Manop Udomdejs Boa, and Universal Entertainment showed Oxide and Danny Pangs Recycle.

In addition, a French film shot in Thailand was also screened at Cannes. Chok-Dee (literally means lucky) was adapted from a true story of a French orphan who fell in love with the martial arts of Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing). It also starred a number of Thai actors, including Florence Vanida Faivre, Sombat Metanee, Rit Luecha, and real-life Muay Thai boxer Charoenthong Kiatbanchong.

Needless to say, Thailands film industry was well represented in this years Cannes film market. Some of the attending companies landed distribution deals there.

CM Film, for example, sold two of its films to international distributors.

Most buyers asked for The Brutal River, which we sold to Japan, Germany, and the United States despite its current status in post-production. Our other film, Nanacha: Wily Child, was sold to Canada, said Nukul Sukthaworn of CM Film. He also revealed that the company had almost dropped its intention to sell The Brutal River because the film could not be finished in time.

Other successful deals were included in the following table. It seemed that foreign distributors of Thai films scored more deals than Thai production studios. Also possible was the fact that foreign distributors were savvier at releasing sales information than their Thai counterparts.

Films

Distributors

Buyers

The Brutal River

CM Film

Germany, Japan, USA

The Bullet Wives

RS Production

UK

The Eye Infinity

Fortissimo

Australia, Benelux, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, North America, Portugal, Russia, Spain, UK

Nanacha: Wily Child

CM Film

Canada

Recycle

Universal Entertainment

France, Germany, Japan, Spain, South Korea, UK

Sars Wars

Han Media Culture

Germany, Japan, Spain, UK

The Shutter GTH Europe, Mexico, South America, UK

Tom Yum Goong

Golden Network Asia

France (TF1), UK (Contender Film Group)

Zee-Oui

Han Media Culture

Germany, Spain

 

 


   

 

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