Panorama on Bhutan Cinema at CIFF, 5 – 11 March 2018


Panorama on Bhutan Cinema at CIFF, 5 – 11 March 2018


The 8th Cambodia International Film Festival hosted in the capital Phnom Penh from 5 – 11 March 2018, included a Panorama on Bhutan Cinema. The Panorama contained 10 films by 8 directors and was the largest platform for films and filmmakers from Bhutan in Asia so far. All films were screened twice.

Shorts: Lo Sum Choe Sum by Dechen Roder, A Forgotten Story, Girl with a red Sky and The Red Door by Tashi Gyeltshen and Monk in the Forrest by Karma Wangchuk

Features: Norbu my Beloved Yak by Pelden Dorji, Prophecy by Zuri Rinpoche and Kushutara, pattern of love by Karma Deki

Documentaries: The Next Guardian by Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbó and Home Alone by Loday Chophel

Loday Chophel  joined the festival, introduced films, participated in Q&A en met with filmmakers. Loday is besides director and producer of Home Alone also the lead actor in Prophecy and Monk in the Forrest.

CIFF is organised by the Cambodia Film Commission and the Bophana centre.  The 130 films from 41 countries were screened in all major cinema halls in Phnom Penh as well as the French Institute, Bophona Centre and out-door venue Koh Pich.

The Bhutan Film Trust became partner to the festival, initiated the ‘Panorama on Bhutan Cinema’, connected the Festival Director Mr Cedric Eloy and the programming team to the filmmakers and assisted with film formats and PR material. Henk de Jong and Erica Sluyters, Bhutan Film Trust, were present at the festival.

The following articles were published during the festival:

Highlights of Cambodia International Film Festival

Bhutan showcase: Film Fest to feature flicks from over the hills and far away

10 Bhutanese films to screen at Cambodia international film Festival