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Thailand: Thunska Pansittivorakul of Thaiindie

“Beyond [Thunska’s] potential for selecting clips and editing them into his film that is able to fascinate the audience into discovering and following “the reality”, …his…work [is] also outstanding at expressing the emotion and hidden points that would last long in audience’s feelings…This is what many other feature films can’t even succeed [at].”
- Tida Palitpolkarnpim, Film Critic and Editor, Bioscope Magazine, Thailand

“I truly admire Thunska’s dedication to films. He is the youngest of the filmmakers in Thailand, a newcomer full of energy. His works mostly represent only one or two characters. But their action and conversations always reflect the wider state of Thai society.”
- Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Director, Thailand

Thaiindie is a non-profit group comprising 25 Thai independent filmmakers formed in late 2004 with the aim of being the center of Thai independent filmmakers whose films are unique and different from most mainstream and formulaic themes. The emphasis on the group is on more creative and innovative works that can show personal artistic expressions, which the group helps promote and distribute, both locally and abroad. They also cooperate with other art communities, organising activities and workshops to groom young filmmakers. Thunska is the founder of www.thaiindie.com, a website for non-mainstream Thai filmmakers with distinct styles and has made 2 features and 11 shorts that have screened in festivals in Asia and Europe, with several more films and documentaries in the lineup. He graduated with a degree from Art Education from Chulalongkorn University and is a columnist for several magazines including Thai Film Quarterly, Hamburger, Movie Time Weekly, and Cinemag.

Selected Filmography:
Feature Films
Happy Berry (2004)
Voodoo Girls (2002)
Short Films
Heartbreak Pavilion (2008)
Life Show (2005)
Vous Vous Souviens De Moi? (2005)
Unseen Bangkok (2004)
Private Life (2000)
Award
Scent of Thai Male: Forbidden Lovers (Thunska’s Retrospective), InDblue, Hong Kong, 2006
Vous Vous Souviens De Moi?, Nominee, Tiger Cub Competition, 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2006
Heartbreak Pavilion, Pusan Top Award, Pusan Promotion Plan, 10th Pusan International Film Festival, 2005
Life Show, Best of DIBA programme, Baumann Short Film Festival, Spain, 2005
Happy Berry, Grand Prize in Asian Vision, 4th Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei, Taiwan, 2004