AFM 2017 Thailand: Where Films Come Alive

Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, Director General of The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, (c). 2017, DITP.

Department of International Trade Promotion Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

China, South America, outsourcing and maturing VOD market create record AFM for DITP

Over $18m deals generated 

Over 300 meetings with Thai companies

For the third year, Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion presented the films and services of Thai companies at the American Film Market.

This year, the representation included four companies with feature film productions available for international licensing – GDH 559, Hollywood (Thailand), PLH Holding, and Sahamongkolfilm International.

Two companies offer animation and VFX services to the international market – Imagimax and The Monk Studios.

Kantana Sound provides state-of-the-art audio post production facilities and localization services.

Benetone Films offers support services to international productions shooting in Thailand.

A number of the companies have previously attended AFM, and all agreed that this year’s market was the most productive in terms of both deals signed and new market interest.

The Chinese market presented the greatest opportunities for new business. The success of the film ‘Bad Genius’ by GDH 559 at the Chinese box office (currently $38m) has clearly proven a market potential for Thai films in China, and this was reflected in a steady stream of Chinese buyers seeking Thai content.

Pitaya Sithi-Amnuai of Sahamongkolfilm International is well aware of the international market potential for Thai films, having experienced major success worldwide with action films including ‘Ong Bak’ and ‘The Protector’ starring Tony Jaa, and ‘Chocolate’ with female action star Jeeja Yanin. Sahamongkol film’s latest action film ‘Khun Pan’ is now available for licensing worldwide, with a sequel in the works.

Pitaya said, ‘Fifteen years ago, everyone was keen to gain U.S. distribution, but the strength of the Chinese market has now altered the whole game. Greater access to international productions in the Chinese market has created valuable opportunities for Thai films, and we are confident that we can find success with Chinese audiences.’

A record number of Chinese productions – over 60 – filmed in Thailand last year, and this year, the number is set to increase. This has benefited Thailand’s production services industry, which is able to offer world class facilities and crews, and diverse and visually stunning locations at increasingly competitive prices.

Benetone Films is one of Thailand’s busiest production service companies, most recently completing  ‘Attrition’ with Steven Seagal in Thailand. For the right projects, Benetone is also able to provide co-production finance.

Managing Director, Rachwin Narula says ‘We are seeing a new model emerging, with Benetone matching international co-production finance with Thai crews and locations and Chinese production and distribution partners.’

PLH Holding and GDH 559 have made sales in South America. PLH creates high-quality horror titles, and has seen success with its new ‘Viral Nightmares’ package of horror based on stories that have gone viral in social media.

Both Imagimax and The Monk Studios have seen a steady increase in demand for outsourcing of animation and VFX services. Juck Somsaman of The Monk Studios says, ‘When Hollywood studios first saw the cost savings of outsourcing, there was a flood of companies offering services, and price was the deciding factor.  We’re now seeing that some important lessons have been learned, and that companies now must demonstrate both quality of work and communication, and be able to offer the highest level of security for their client’s work. The Monk Studios has a long history of working with Hollywood companies, and the quality of our work is proven.’

Kantana Sound has seen benefits from participating in AFM alongside other Thai production, distribution and service companies. Traithep Wongpaiboon says ‘with increasing interest in shooting in Thailand, we are keen to put together packages of audio post-production and localization in partnership with production

Watson Homsangpradit of Hollywood (Thailand) welcomes the chance to forge new international relationships. ‘The market has seen dramatic change over the last few years. Whereas distribution territories were often negotiated country by country, the increasing role of VOD has seen a greater demand for global rights. That requires that we think globally, rather than locally.’  Hollywood (Thailand) broke records in Myanmar for its co-production ‘From Bangkok to Mandalay’, and is currently developing ‘Red Cargo’ a co-production with South Africa.

Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, Director General of The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, is delighted by the success of the Thai companies at AFM. ‘Over 300 meetings, and deals to the value of over $18m represents an incredibly strong performance. In the past, AFM was perhaps seen as primarily an American market, but we have seen that it is now a truly global marketplace.’

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Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”
“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie”
“Cars 3”
“Cinderella the Cat”
“Despicable Me 3”
“The Emoji Movie”
“Ethel & Ernest”
“The Girl without Hands”
“In This Corner of the World”
“The Lego Batman Movie”
“The Lego Ninjago Movie”
“Loving Vincent”
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”
“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”
“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”
“Napping Princess”
“A Silent Voice”
“Smurfs: The Lost Village”
“The Star”
“Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”
“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. Depending on the number of films that qualify, two to five nominees may be voted. Sixteen or more films must qualify for the maximum of five nominees to be voted.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements.

For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category is open to the entire eligible voting membership.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® 
in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in
more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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The Film Hollywood Pedophiles Tried to Ban: An Open Secret

The Hollywood Sentinel attended the red carpet and screening of the film AN OPEN SECRET when it came out. several years ago, here in Hollywood.  We heard one of the producers Gabe mention on the panel how he was upset that one of the producers and director–Amy Berg was not in attendance, and not promoting the film.

One of the actors appearing in the film, now an adult, and a victim of child abuse documented, spoke with me, and had planned to do an interview with me about the film.  He later told me that he could not do any publicity regarding the film, because he stated how Amy Berg had personally asked him not to, claiming that she had been threatened with lawsuits, and that he could be sued to, if he or Berg did any publicity for the film. The victim said he could not help if I spoke about the film further, but that he was not going to and  could not.

He said that it was sad, that all of the work they had done was not getting the recognition that it deserved, to expose the abuse further, but he said the he couldn’t do anything else about it, that he had to respect Berg’s wishes, because he had signed contracts.  He told me that he received no money for appearing in the film, and as far as he knew–no one did.

Now, with the recent ongoing allegations and also factual disclosures of rampant sex abuse, and harassment in Hollywood this year;  from Harvey Weinstein, and earlier–Bill Cosby, to now Kevin Spacey, and many more; speaking out against abuse has become not only after space for victims to do, it has become a trend– from the @MeToo twitter movement among more;, victims are naming real and alleged perpetrators nearly every week.

Corey  Feldman, who I once met at Michael Jackson’s repass funeral, years ago stated how Hollywood was a breeding ground for child pedophiles, and that Hollywood was filled with them. He noted how he and his childhood friend Corey Haim were both abused.  he stated that Haim later killed him self with drugs and alcohol due to the pain and embarrassment he suffered from the abuse.

Corey Haim’s mother stated that Dominick Brascia abused her son.  Corey Feldman  had for years– refused to name his abusers publicly,  reportedly for fear of danger to his life.  He has since–as recently as last week, now named two of his abusers.  He stated the two abusers as former child talent agent Marty Weiss, and also Cloyd Jon Grissom (aka John Grissom); the latter who has a very long rap sheet including resisting arrest, drug possession, shoplifting, theft, child sexual abuse, and more.   Corey Feldman stated that he as opened up a new compliant against those that abused him with the LAPD, yet the LAPD stated they can do nothing, as the statute of limitation has passed, as the crimes were committed before the new law ending a statute on limitations for rape.

Corey Feldman is reportedly going to be naming 4 more abusers he has referred to, later on.  Three of the abusers–he states,  still work in Hollywood.   He named one more of the abusers today–Alphy Chris Hoffman (aka Alphy Rivas, aka Chris Alphy Hoffman, aka AC Hoffman, aka Alfie Hoffman, aka Chris Hoffman,  aka Christopher Hoffman, aka Albert C Hoffman, aka Alpy Hoffman, aka  Laphy C Hoffman, aka Alphy C Huffman), the former owner of Alphy’s Soda Pop Club.  Hoffman may also go by the name Joshua, and did or does also operate as  BH Casting at a hotmail address.  He resides in Hollywood, California.

Corey Feldman is also now working on raising money for a film to address this topic and help stop the abuse and name abusers. Congratulations to Corey Feldman for doing something about this, and thank you to all others who fight to stop rapists and abusers in Hollywood. Thank you to those especially who help to fight child abuse and child sex abuse in Hollywood and the world.

Thomas Edward Sizemore, reportedly living in Santa Clarita, California, was dropped from his agent and management firm today for accusations of sexually molesting an 11 year old girl on a movie set in which she was reportedly sitting on his lap in a nightgown, in 2003–which became public today. Sizemore, who reportedly has been arrested for beating women and drug and alcohol problems, denied the charges when they were claimed, yet some cast and crew members reportedly stated that he was regularly drunk and high on set, and considered the claims valid, according to news sources today. Sizemore’s only current known rap sheet includes failing to pay child support, and an eviction.

The Hollywood Sentinel and Starpower Management helps to keep kids safe in our entertainment industry.  Any business with us helps go to this cause, and we thank all of our clients for your support.

The following is the full film of An Open Secret. We urge you all to watch it, and share it far and wide.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNDER 18 ALONG WITH ANYONE IN HOLLYWOOD. This means–not with agents, managers, producers, directors, acting coaches, studios, or anyone. Be there with your child every minute–do NOT let them out of you sight! If someone demands that the be alone with your child, LEAVE.

Since we posted the film An Open Secret yesterday, the person who hosted the film removed the clip, making it inactive. We re-post it here below from a new source, which does not show the screen player of the film, but goes to its link on vimeo;

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