The Bangkok International Film Festival (July 19-29) has unveiled the line-up for its ASEAN competition which includes the world premiere of Thai director Santi Taepanich's feature debut Bangkok Time.

The picture, starring Thai hot actor Ananda Everingham, will play alongside fellow Thai filmmakers Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom's Alone and Wisit Sasanatieng's The Unseeable.

The ASEAN competition section consists of 10 films from five South-East Asian countries. Other titles include James Lee's Before We Fall In Love Again and Deepak Kumaran Menon's Dancing Bells, both from Malaysia; Indonesian directors Nia Dinata's Love For Share and Richard Oh's The Lost Suitcase; Jeffrey Jeturian's The Bet Collector and Brillante Mendoza's Manoro from the Philippines; and Pao's Story by Ngo Quang Hai from Vietnam.

Programme director Kriengsak 'Victor' Silakong said he finds this section the most exciting in the festival. 'It is remarkable to see the neighbouring countries to be so active in filmmaking and come up with quality films. A new movement is set to take off in the region,' he said.

A Thai Panorama will showcase 10 recent local productions, including 13 Beloved, Mid Road Gang, Final Score, Loveaholic, Me Myself, Noodle Boxer, Seasons Change, The Sperm and the first two parts of King Naresuan.

While the line-up for the main competition titles will be finalised in a week, some of the confirmed titles are Prasanna Jayakody's Sankara, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Ploy, Zero Chou's Spider Lilies, Li Yu's Lost In Beijing and Joseph Cedar's Beaufort.

Christian Jeune of Cannes Film Festival is recruited as jury for the main competition alongside Taiwanese producer Peggy Chiao and US producer Gary Dartnall. The ASEAN jury includes US film critic Chuck Stephens, Hong Kong director Yon Fan and Bina Paul of the Kerala Film Festival.