(The 'CamboFest Story' can be found Here on the Camerado Blog)
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CamboFest was held this year (our 3rd), in the vintage 'Royal' cinema house in Kampot, Cambodia, a pre-Khmer Rouge era Cambodian cinema hall which we brought back to life especially for CamboFest 2009. Not even longtime local foreigners living in Kampot realized that the 'Royal' had once been a cinema house; CamboFest staff stumbled upon it by accident while scouting another vintage venue nearby.
Listen to BBC Radio discussing this year's CAMBOFEST and the Cambodian Cinema industry today
Hi-Rez stills and video of CAMBOFEST 2009 available at
Scores have been tabulated for winners of Grabay Meas ('Golden Buffalo') awards
Stills in the series below by top Phnom Penh photographer,
Simon Toffanello of Monsoon Pictures
To cross-reference movie stills against schedule and description, pls see the PDF of schedule and lineup here (pls note that schedule changed at the end of the last day due to technical reasons regarding "All that She Wants', with 'Hill City' and 'SlipDream' filling in)
From 'Hill City' screening as a short before 'SlipDream'
(also screening out of competition due to last minute schedule change)
(End of Monsoon Pictures Series; this has been a selection, there are several additional stills of each screening taken by top Phnom Penh photographer, Simon Toffanello- pls contact email@example.com for hi-rez stills and other uses)
(...contrary to some local rumors which were flying around, we obtained all permissions well in advance from various local Sangkat offices and the Kampot authorities - above)
Take a look behind the scenes at CAMBOFEST 2009 (video, above)
Visiting UK/Taiwan based filmmaker Leigh Rodgers ("In Transit") talks about his film and his experiences at CamboFest 2009
CamboFest 2007 Grabay Meas award winner, Harri Anenden, (' The Cathedral') in town
all the way from Mauritius
visiting filmmaker James Speck is at the left
Update: we're optioning the CamboFest story to a New York City, USA, based publisher about our experiences putting together a film festival out here in the Cambodian context. No title yet, but will include everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the whole 3-year adventure in detail. Look out for all the juiciest (and sometimes controversial) bits which took place behind the scenes during the course of this season's CamboFest...
Anyway, hope you enjoyed the blog and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
All the Best,
The CAMBOFEST Team