Chaktomuk Short Film Fest returns to cinemas

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The 2022 Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (CSFF) is to be held from November 25-28, with young filmmakers and the Kingdom’s movie buffs in attendance. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The 2022 Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (CSFF) is to be held from November 25-28, with young filmmakers and the Kingdom’s movie buffs in attendance.

Sum Sithen, president of the 11th CSFF, said in a recent press conference that the festival will return to cinemas across Phnom Penh.

Six local short films and eight international films having been selected, while other short movies will also be screened.

Sithen said efforts to promote the festival over the past two years showed that even during Covid-19, the team still looked for ways to celebrate local and international short movies.

“The Chaktomuk Short Film Festival was established in 2012 as the first short film competition in Cambodia that values the new work of young filmmakers and directors in Cambodia and from abroad.

“The local and international short films selected for the final will be evaluated by the festival’s judging panel,” Sithen said.

There are five categories in total – Best Cambodian Short Film, First Runner-Up Cambodian Short Film, Best International Short Film, Cambodian Audience Choice Award and International Audience Choice Award.

The local short films selected for the festival include Voice of the Night by Sok Chanrado and Van Kongha, What Do You Want, Dad? by Prum Sreyleak and Sacrifice by Thong Sareth, Sithen said.

Also chosen were Guitar Plectrum by Moeun So Sokheng, Sunrise in the Heart by San Danech and Miss Customer by Ty Tep Nimol.

The international short films include Bye Bye by Amelie Bonnin, Sudden Uncertainty by Firdaus Balam, Domar by Alcibiade Cohen and Summer Friends by Maxime Hermet.

Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit by Gabriel Herrera, Hot Rod by Juliette Gillot, Lili Alone by Zou Jing and Curupira and the Machine of Destiny by Janaina Wagner were also selected.