Six of Thailand’s leading independent filmmakers have joined forces to launch an international sales and festival distribution company, Mosquito Films Distribution.
The six filmmakers include Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won the Cannes Palme d’Or for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, along with Pimpaka Towira (One Night Husband), Aditya Assarat (Hi-So), producer Soros Sukhum, Anocha Suwichakornpong (Mundane History) and Lee Chatametikool (Concrete Clouds).
The new company will handle international sales and festival distribution for the six partners’ films, as well as upcoming titles from the new generation of South-East Asian filmmakers. In addition to working on individual films, the new outfit aims to aggregate the content into curated programmes for film festivals and educational institutions.
Mosquito Films Distribution will make its debut at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which starts tomorrow (Jan 22-Feb 2) and also attend the Berlin Film Festival.
The company’s initial slate includes Concrete Clouds, directed by Chatametikool and co-produced by Weerasethakul; The Songs Of Rice, directed by Uruphong Raksasad and produced by Towira; Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy, directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and produced by Assarat, and the omnibus feature Letters From The South.
“We are so busy day to day that we sometimes forget we have amassed quite a beautiful set of movies,” said Weerasethakul. “I think its time we unite and share these films to the world. I, for one, am fascinated by the aesthetic of the new Thai films. I am certain we are heading towards something more and more innovative”.
Sompot Chidgasornpongse has been appointed as general manager of the company and will attend Rotterdam and Berlin, along with Sukhum and Chatametikool.