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Bangkok International Film Festival
July 29, 2007

Film extravaganza draws more than 19,000 audiences
The Bangkok International Film Festival ends with success with more than 19,000 audiences attended through the 10 days festival, according to the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand on July 29.

"We spent only 35 per cent from the previous year's budget with lots of obstacles but I'm satisfied with result," a local English language daily The Nation quoted the TAT governor Pornsiri Manoharn as saying.

"It is quite highly successful because the (seat) occupancy rate is high at 40.75 per cent," says Suvannee Chinchiewchan, the deputy managing director of the SF Cinema City Company.

According to Suvanee, audiences pay much attention in independent films featuring in this festival and more than 3000 tickets have been reserved before the festival begins.

However it is the last year that the TAT will host the festival alone. Next year, the governor says, the TAT will ask other organizations to cohost the festivals like the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Tourism and Sports Ministry and Cultural Ministry.

"Other world renowned festivals like Pusan and Venice are hugely supported by the city offices so we hope that we will get the same cooperation," says the governor. The governor adds that the TAT cannot support the festival with the same budget anymore.

"We are not specialist in Film industry besides we have more tourism policy to proceed and also need finances to support to," she says. "If we don't get any support from the other, we will still running the fest but with less budget that we can support to," she says. The Nation

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