Thailand short film competition 2017


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Thailand short film competition 2017. Great news for all student filmmakers from all over the world to explore Thailand and compete to win the prize of over 300,000 Thai Bath and it's all free!
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Submission deadline is on 30th June 2017 at midnight Bangkok time! Good luck!


The Thailand Film Office, under the Thailand Department of Tourism is responsible for promoting, regulating and supporting international film productions in Thailand. Films such as 'Hangover II', 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'Only God Forgives', 'The Railway Man' and many others have filmed in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Now, the Thailand Film Office wants to find the next generation of film-makers who will bring Thailand to the screen.

History of the Thailand Short Film Competition

The competition is now in its fifth year. In its first four years it was named 'The Amazing Thailand Film Challenge'. In total over 200 aspiring film-makers have joined the competition, from over 30 different countries. Check out the Facebook page or YouTube to see some of the great films and incredible experiences that contestants have enjoyed.

Who is eligible?

We are looking for film-makers in pairs. You must have a partner who you trust absolutely. You must be engaged in a full-time course of study related to film or the media at undergraduate or equivalent level. You must be under 35 years of age. You must not have a criminal record, or have ever been turned down for a visa to Thailand. You must have access to a DSLR or digital cinema camera producing footage at 1080p resolution. You must have access to a laptop or other mobile computer with editing software. You must be available to join the mission from 19th July to 28th July 2017.

The Thailand Film Office will provide...

One return air ticket to Thailand for every film-maker.
Total of four nights accommodation in Bangkok to cover the start and end of your trip.
One van with driver for your time while not in Bangkok
30,000 Thai Baht for expenses during your mission.
One local assistant, who will travel with you and support you with translation.
Travel insurance.
Mission briefing in Bangkok.

Your mission.

To make a short film exploring “Thailand through the eyes of foreigner (Way of Life/Culture/Tourism)”. We are looking for a fresh approach, using imagination, dramatic technique, and creative vision. You will have to find locations, actors, and use your talent to show your perspective on Thailand within the context of the region you have chosen. The character of your region may be found in unique geographical features, the culture, the people, the food, or the local products.

If you succeed...

The winning team will receive 300,000 Thai Baht, and there are nine runner up prizes of 30,000 Baht each.



Participants may have to depart their home countries as early as the 16th July, and may return home as late as the 30th July, depending on their home country. All teams MUST be available for this entire period. If applicants are required to obtain a visa, they may need to be available during the week beforehand to complete visa requirements in their own country.


Applicants must apply in teams of two.
Applicants must not be more than 35 years old.
In order to bring the challenge experience to the most amount of people, we cannot accept applications including any team member who was accepted for and participated in the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge in any previous years.
Applicants must be engaged in a full-time course of study in film, television or related media subject at undergraduate or equivalent level. They will be required to prove this at time of application.
All contestants must have a valid passport with six months remaining. They must not have a criminal record. They must not ever have been denied entry to Thailand. If for any reason, a contestant is denied a visa for entry to Thailand, his/her team will not be eligible to compete.
All contestants must be in good physical health, and have no existing or recurring serious medical conditions.
Contestants will supply their own camera and editing equipment capable of filming at 1080p 24fps with audio.


The short film shall be 5 - 7 minutes in length.
It may be narrative, or documentary. It may not be a 'video diary' or 'video blog'.
The film shall take the theme - “Thailand through the eyes of foreigner (Way of Life/Culture/Tourism)”
It must be shot entirely during the period in Thailand. No stock or previously filmed footage is permitted.
If there is dialogue in the film, the film must be capable of being viewed and understood by both Thai and English audiences. i.e. English dialog should be subtitled in Thai, and Thai dialog should be subtitled in English. If dialog is in a third language, the film must be subtitled in both English and Thai.
No equipment will be supplied to the teams. Note that it is hard to rent film equipment in Thailand on a 'dry-hire' basis. Teams should not expect to be able to rent equipment locally.
There should be no elements in the film's image or audio that require copyright clearance. Teams must not use copyrighted music tracks that would require the payment of royalties or license fees for exploitation.
Films not submitted by the deadline, or which cannot be played for technical reasons will be disqualified.
Film-makers must not assume that because the film is produced as part of an official competition, they can avoid getting location permission. The Thailand Film Office cannot give permission to film on private or public property. Film-makers must gain necessary permission at every filming location.


1. Each team will get two economy air tickets from their home country to Thailand. No stop-overs are permitted, and return ticket dates and destinations cannot be changed.
2. Each team will be given accommodation on their first two nights in Bangkok, whilst they attend orientation. They will also be provided with accommodation on their final two nights before returning home. On all other nights, teams must find their own accommodation. During the orientation day, teams will be given assistance in finding accommodation within their budget range.
3. Teams will be given a cash budget of total THB 30,000 (Thai Baht currency). This must cover all the team's costs of accommodation, food, location, talent and any other costs. We strongly recommend that teams also bring spending money. We also provide transportation (van with driver) from 21st July to 24th July. Fuel will be provided sufficient to transport teams from Bangkok to the first shooting location. During the shoot, film-makers must pay for fuel. They must return the van with a full tank of fuel.
4. Emergency health insurance will be provided. This will cover all accidents and emergencies including repatriation if necessary. Please note that it will not cover existing medical conditions. If any film-makers suffer from an existing or recurring medical condition or allergies, they are required to inform us whilst applying.
5. Each team will be assigned a local assistant. This will usually be a local student. They will help the teams to bridge any language difficulties and assist communications. Please note that they will probably have limited if any film production experience. Note also that in matters of safety, local customs, and local laws, teams must the advice and warnings of their local assistant.

The judging committee will view all films on the 26th July.
The overall Best Film as determined by the judges will receive 300,000 Thai Baht.
There will be eight runner-up prizes of 30,000 Thai Baht awarded to the outstanding film in each of the eight location groups.