CamboFest was held for its 3rd (2009) edition, in the vintage 'Royal' cinema house in Cambodia, a pre-Khmer Rouge era Cambodian cinema hall which CamboFest brought back to life with a custom screen installation, generator, and all digital projection system.
Before CamboFest 3.0, not even longtime local expats living in the area realized that the 'Royal' had once been a cinema house (of course local Cambodians remembered it well).
The Royal had been used as a warehouse for water containers for years, ever since closing as an active cinema hall in 1986, and CamboFest staff only just found it by accident while scouting another vintage venue nearby.
for the 3rd Edition are listed below -
To cross-reference movie stills against schedule and description, pls see the PDF of schedule and lineup here (pls note that schedule changed at the end of the last day due to technical reasons regarding "All that She Wants', with 'Hill City' and 'SlipDream' filling in)
(...contrary to some local rumors which were flying around, we obtained all permissions well in advance from various local Sangkat offices and the Kampot authorities - above)
Take a look behind the scenes at CAMBOFEST 2009 (video, above)
Visiting UK/Taiwan based filmmaker Leigh Rodgers ("In Transit") talks about his film and his experiences at CamboFest 2009
*** Intercepted BOGUS spoofed email (below) from disgruntled expatriates who were attempting to disrupt the festival! ***
Tomas (editor of 'Schritt fur Schritt), left, visiting from Germany to rep his film; Cambodian animator Panith Norm and CamboFest's Narith Hoo next to him.
Their presumed intention was to tie up our phone lines via fake classified ads placed in local web forums, etc...see The CamboFest Story for for details about these strange but true tales of intrigue.
The director of the cinema department in Phnom Penh mentioned that Roshane had tried unsuccessfully to launch a film festival event in Cambodia some years before, and so we welcomed her - I sympathized with her attempt, knowing how challenging it is to launch and run a festival in an LDC environment without any grants, infrastructure, or trained festival staff.
Update: we're optioning the CamboFest story to a New York City, USA, based publisher about our experiences putting together a film festival out here in the Cambodian context. No title yet, but will include everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the whole 3-year adventure in detail. Look out for all the juiciest (and sometimes controversial) bits which took place behind the scenes during the course of this season's CamboFest...
Anyway, hope you enjoyed the blog and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
All the Best,
The CAMBOFEST Team
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