Angkor Wat Film Festival 2016
The Angkor Wat International Film Festival celebrates all things film and cinema. Showcasing feature films, documentaries and shorts, live action and animation, digital or film media, the festival focuses on narratives from around the world that deal with the preservation of culture, heritage and environment. The diversity of films on offer aims to reverse the trend for homogenisation of modern global culture.
This year’s festival will be held from Mar. 25-27. A special opening night gala will be held on the evening of the 25th in the Sofitel Phokeethra Ballroom from 6pm. The evening’s entertainment will include a concert by Ann Mortifee and a special screening of Landfill Harmonic, a film by Graham Townsley ad Brad Allgood. The film features the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a group of Paraguayan children living next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music on instruments made entirely out of items found in the landfill.
Education is an integral goal of The Angkor Wat International Film Festival. Specially selected Cambodian and International films will be screened for local Cambodian people so that they can experience and engage with cinema from their own country as well as a variety of international cinema, peoples and cultures. There will also be filmmaker panels discussing a variety of cinematic subjects.
A programme of children’s movies will be shown on Saturday the 26th in the Naga room between 11am and 1pm. Screenings of student films will be held on Sunday the 27th from 11am in the Naga Room.
The organisers chose Siem Reap as the setting for the film festival because they felt that the Angkor complex represents endeavours to preserve culture and the environment. It reflects the perseverance of the people in rebuilding and preserving their traditional art and culture after the trauma of the past.
The Angkor Wat International Film Festival is sponsored by, and will be held at, The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort in Siem Reap.