Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Festival kicks off

The festival ceremony began with some traditional dancers and musicians
The 1st Cambodian International Film Festival kicked off tonight at Chaktomuk with an opening ceremony that included an appearance by the Cambodian Space Project, an animation film from France and the usual plethora of speeches. Poor sound quality affected the CSP's performance but Srey Thy's voice boomed out loudly and alongwith the dancers from the Ministry of Culture, added a certain Khmer feel to proceedings. The massed ranks of cameramen from the myriad of television channels also reminded me where I was. An informative magazine about Cambodian Cinema was handed out to invited guests alongside a schedule of the festival's screenings that had been lacking in the run-up to today. One of the highlights looks to be the premiere of a new Khmer film, Lost Loves on Saturday 23 Oct at 7pm at Chenla. Screenings are taking place around the city over the next three days, and a City of Ghosts Reunion is planned for Maxine's bar (Snowy's) on Friday.
The Cambodian Space Project perform in the shadows of Chaktomuk
The welcome signature sheet in the reception area of the festival

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