Cambodian Film Festival in California

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Official logo of the Cambodia Town Film Festival. (Photo: provided by CTFF)

PHNOM PENH, September 4, (Khmer Times) – The Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTFF) is running from September 4 to 7, at the Long Beach Art Theater in Long Beach, California. 

Christine Su, festival committee member, recalled the origins of the festival to showcase Cambodian film.

“In 2012, Mr. praCh Ly, a musician and friend of mine for many years, told me about an idea for a festival that would showcase the many talents of Cambodian and Cambodian American filmmakers,” Dr. Su said.

Caylee So, director of the CTFF, said, “The selection in films this year is based on the quality of story – story has a universal appeal.  It’s not about the technical filmmaking, but it’s about a filmmaker’s ability to tell a story in a manner that captures a collective soul.”

“We’re starting to see more talented filmmakers taking roots in Cambodia; we would just like to be the film festival that pays attention and internationally highlights those that are putting out great work,” she added.

Festival media coordinator Tony Te emphasized festival entry, “City of Ghosts” starring actor Matt Dillon as one of the festival highlights. 

Mr. Dillon will be on hand to answer questions after the film’s showing.

Made in 1971, “The Crocodile Man” is also expected to highlight the festival by bringing “newer and younger generations together, by not only showcasing new upcoming movies, but bringing back movies from the generation before them.” Mr. Te claimed.

“‘Rice’ by Sothea Ines, ‘The Missing Picture’ by Rithy Panh and ‘Gems on the Run’ by Sok Visal and Clausin Quentin – directors that have a style of filmmaking that I feel can help elevate Cambodian Cinema further in the years to come,” Ms. So said.

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