The fifth edition of the East Winds Film Festival closed in Coventry with the announcement of Thai drama ‘Kitarajanipon’ as the winner of the 2017 Audience Award.
East Winds were delighted to announce the results of audience voting during the Coventry Closing Gala on Friday, 19th May. Thai films dominated the podium, with Banjong Pisanthanakun‘s romantic drama ‘One Day’ in third place and Pass Patthanakumjon‘s horror ‘School Tales’ in second, while drama ‘Kitarajanipon’ received the highest marks from members of the public, taking home the overall 2017 East Winds Audience Award.
Directed by Nonzee Nimibutr, Wallop Prasopphol, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon and Parkpoom Wongpoom, it’s easy to see why ‘Kitarajanipon’ was a favourite among viewers.
The visual translation of four songs from His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal songbook, it features four short stories (Star, Smiles, Falling Rain and The Singers) that recreate the cycle of life, from childhood to old age, and enchants audiences with a cinematographic interpretation of musical notes.
The film had its European Premiere on Thursday, 18th May and was introduced by one of its directors, Parkpoom Wongpoom, who participated in an exclusive audience Q&A after the screening, giving attendees an insight into how the production came to life and what the world of filmmaking in Thailand looks like.
Filmgoers had the chance to enjoy and vote on a total of 14 films shown in Coventry between 15th – 19th May in Coventry University’s Square One 3D Cinema, including 7 European Premieres, 6 UK Premieres and 1 Special Presentation. Screenings included productions from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
East Winds continues to be the only major film festival of East Asian cinema outside of London and plans for its return in 2018 are already in the works, with event organisers discussing possible films and special guests for the 6th edition taking place next year.