November 2023

DOI BOY @ NETFLIX

Finally, I would like to say that on 2023 November 24th, you can watch "DOI BOY" global release on NETFLIX !!

This is a new experience in the life of my filmmaking, where everyone can easily watch it anywhere in the world.

I apologize to the various film festivals that have been invited and had to decline.

I apologize to the audience who were expecting to watch it in movie theaters, for various reasons, including the content and circumstances and Thai movie theaters industry's environmental system. The best and most suitable place for "DOI BOY" is on NETFLIX.

I'm glad to hear feedback, both compliments and criticism. I hope everyone enjoys DOI BOY.

for more details : https://about.netflix.com/en/news/doi-boy-launches-on-netflix


October 2023

DOI BOY on VARIETY

Gritty Thai Drama ‘Doi Boy’ Marks Feature Debut for Documentary Veteran Nontawat Numbenchapol: ‘Everyone Starts With a Dream’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Read full artical by Patrick Frater

 


October 2023

DOI BOY
Congratulations! Awat Ratanapintha, from the movie 'DOI BOY,' received the Rising Star Award at the 28th Marie Claire with BIFF Asia Star Awards 2023, held during the 28th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) from October 4-13, 2023.


October 2023

DOI BOY x BIFF

Watching DOI BOY on the big screen at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)(In competition Jiseok section)was a special and more valuable moment than any my film before. It marked a transitional phase, entering new territories in both personal and era aspects. Mourning what's lost, cherishing beloved memories. Last night's I sleep in Busan my dream was so vivid. I encountered those I love who have passed away, including my father, grandmother, my dogs, and cats. It was a warm dream, I didn't want to wake from, much like the short, precious time I received from BIFF. Now, it's time to pack my luggage and return to Thailand. Lastly, a big thank you to everyone who made DOI BOY happen. If, in the near future, anyone watches and has feedback, whether positive or negative, please feel free to share it. I'm open to constructive criticism and compliments.


June 2023

An Imperial Sake Cup and I @ BACC, Bangkok

An Imperial Sake Cup and I is a lecture-performance by Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, a renowned historian and specialist in Southeast Asia Studies, and recipient of the Fukuoka Academic Prize in 2012. Charnvit draws a connection between his relationship with the Japanese army in his hometown Nong Pla Duk, Ban Pong, during World War II. In 1964, Emperor (then Crown Prince) Akihito and his consort officially visited Thailand, and as a junior member of the Bangkok Municipality welcome team, Charnvit was given a royal sake cup, which he has kept ever since.

In this lecture-performance, he traces personal and micro-narratives to reflect objects and memories as well as his witnessing of the global social transformation from the Japanese presence in Thailand, the Vietnam War, and the 1970s student uprising in Thailand. He juxtaposes Thailand and Japanese history and subtly unravels the comparison of these two countries.

The performance was firstly staged as part of ‘The Breathing of Maps’ project at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai in 2020 and had its Japan premiere at the Tokyo Festival in October 2022. Let’s take a journey with Charnvit’s Sake Cup in Bangkok this June. Only 3 performances at BACC. 16 - 18 June 2023.


April 2023

DOI BOY
heads to udine FAR EAST FILM festival Focus Asia Far East in Progress! The film is currently in post-production and was incubated through the EAVE Ties That Bind workshop in 2017. Much thanks to the festival for giving DOI BOY a chance to return to Udine once again!


March 2023



A CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK @ JIM THIMPSON ART CENTER : Uncountable Time

Jim Thompson Art Center is pleased to present two exhibitions that lead us to explore and rethink the Cold War era in Thailand and its aftermaths through Thai and international artists with various art forms. This exhibition presents absent stories in grand history and invites us to think about the possibility of alternative futures.


January 2023

Mr.Shadow @ KADIST

The series of prints titled Mr. Shadow by Nontawat Numbenchapol engages with the history of and current state of militarization in Thailand. Each print features an invisible person, their silhouette only outlined by the military fatigues that they wear. The faceless figure in each work is pictured either in solitude or interacting with other camouflage-swathed ghosts. Ironically, the camouflage attire of each figure is the only part of them that is not erased by the artist. Photographed on a mountain range at the border between Shan State in Myanmar and Northern Thailand, the Mr. Shadow series epitomizes the haunting presence and effects of a militarized modernity and nation-state building across the region.

In this iteration of the photo series, a solitary figure in full military fatigues leans against the base of a tree, assumedly strumming a guitar to pass the time. Though the compositions and imagery may differ across the images, what ties this series together is tension; there is a discernible sense of latent expectancy or apprehension that permeates the figures in waiting. Though the compositions and imagery may differ across the images, what ties this series together is a temporal tension; there is a discernible sense of latent expectancy or apprehension that permeates the figures in waiting.



October2022

An Imperial Sake Cup and I @ TOKYO FESTIVAL

A lecture performance by Charnvit Kasetsiri, a renowned historian and specialist in Thai and Southeast Asian studies. Charnvit traces his personal history starting from the commemorative sake cup he received when the Crown Prince (later the Heisei Emperor Akihito) and his wife paid an official visit to Thailand in 1964, and goes on to outline events that ushered in social transformation around the world, such as the stationing of Japanese forces in Thailand, the Vietnam War, and the student uprisings in Thailand in the 1970s. In this lecture performance he applies a personal and micro perspective to objects and memories, juxtaposing the journey taken by Thailand and Japan, and delicately unraveling the history of both countries. The Japan event is the first overseas staging of this piece, which premiered in Chiang Mai, Thailand as part of the program for “The Breathing of Maps” in 2020, organized by The Japan Foundation Asia Center.


October 2022

I Don't Care @ Residenz Theater

The queer Australian singer-songwriter said in an interview: «I really fall in love with the person. I don't care whether someone’s got a ding or a dong» and immediately provided the title for this Thai-German theatre project. On the basis of interviews that the journalist and writer Jürgen Berger conducted with trans* people in Thailand and Germany between 2017 and 2022, the production explores the gap in society which these people inhabit in both countries. How do they deal with the fact that how they perceive themselves often conflicts with the way in which they are read by others? What alternative views of identity do they present to contrast with the binary norm of the majority society? And how can one define something at all that ought instead to be viewed as fundamentally fluid?

«I Don't Care» tells of trans* ways of life which take convoluted and yet direct paths to approach their felt gender and which struggle with prejudice and hostility in both countries. For this production by the choreographer, director and Co-Director of B-Floor Theatre in Bangkok Jarunun Phantachat and the German director Anna-Elisabeth Frick, the video artist Nontawat Numbenchapol has evolved an entirely individual visual language. The Thai performers Pathavee Thepkraiwan and Sarut Komalittipong will appear on stage together with Mareike Beykirch from the Residenztheater ensemble.



September 2022


I Don't Care @ JIM THOMPSON ART CENTER

With differences in context and society, eight trans people from Thailand and Germany have striven to find a way towards self-identification, driven by an urgency for clarity yet not without a sense of uncertainty. Some made decisions in childhood and adolescence; others in puberty or in a partnership, all against the daily pressure and vulnerability that prevented them from transforming into the person they really wanted to be. . In September, B-Floor Theatre (Bangkok) and Residenztheater (Munich) present the latest performance inspired by and based on the lives of the eight interview subjects, documented since 2019. Intertwined with stories, mythologies and literature from two different parts of the world, the performance is led by two Thai performers, one German performer, one Thai video artist and the Thai-German crew. The world premiere will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-18 and 22-25 September 2022. The following shows will take place in Munich, Germany, in October. . The discussion on the self-perception of trans people, the reactions of friends and families, the obstacles and their self-determination will lead us all to the questioning of sexual identity as a human being, transgender or not, who has all the rights and freedom over one’s own body and mind, transgender or not.


July - August 2022

The Longest Way Round is The Shortest Way Home @ TIMES MESEUM : RIVER PULSES, BORDER FLOWS

At the edge of the Himalayas where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, four southward rivers emerged, each passing through plateaus, mountains, plains, valleys, and deltas. They cross through multiple geographies as both center and periphery before finally merging into the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Monsoon winds from the oceans intertwine with the diverse terrain on land to form a flourishing and dynamic climate. These four rivers are the Irrawaddy/Dulong, Salween/Nu, Mekong/Lancang, and Red/Yuan. Their seasonal floods are the lungs of the surrounding ecosystem, providing nutrients and conditions for creatures to survive and thrive. The alluvial plains formed by the rise and fall of the rivers over the years are fertile ground for the growth of a rice-based civilization, while the high mountains and valleys weave a mountain civilization that varies from but is mutually-dependent upon the plains.

Between the mountains, valleys, plains and rivers, there are both formal and informal nation state borders overlaid with the many social or ideological borders created by ethnicity, gender, economy, religion, and other factors. Between these dividing lines, diverse modes of mobility, identity, historical context, and social structure interact with one another, creating a vibrant process of cultural interdependence that is closely linked to other regions of the world.

This exhibition brings together creators and researchers from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom are hands-on practitioners of flow — flows of humans, commodities, labor, animals, language, and identity. They have long been concerned with the ecological and cultural contexts where these flows take place, and they are each present from both the inside and the outside, leaping between layers of borders to offer their own observations and reflections of the rivers and shores. Just as the river connects everything like a bloodline, the works of these practitioners are also interconnected by the issues they address: colonial pasts and contemporary wars, environment and development, tradition and migration…

While presenting this region as a site of problems and conflicts, River Pulses, Border Flows also resonates with legends, myths, soundscapes, oral narratives, and rewritten texts. From these expressions that cannot be demarcated or governed, history is scattered across multiple spatio-temporalities like a constellation of winding tributaries. It is our hope, through this exhibition, to get a glimpse of such bifurcated, centerless, and perhaps even fictional views of history.?


December 2021 - Febuary 2022

Mr.Shadow and in process of time @ JINGJAI GALLERY : VIRTUAL BEING

‘Virtual Being’ is a contemporary art exhibition by 6 collaborating artists, including Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Taiki Sakpisit, Jiratchaya Pripwai, Nontawat Numbenchapol, Napat Metalerk, and Hassakorn Hirunsirichoke. The exhibition is a collection of works created through a variety of techniques, such as wooden sculptures, films, paintings and sketches, photographs, installations, and miniature ceramic pieces, with each piece connected to the others through the ties of ‘time’ and the ‘form of time’.??


October 2021

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Nontawat Numbenchapol

This conversation with the film director Nontawat Numbenchapol on his movie Boundary (2013), which follows a young soldier called in Bangkok to break up the “red shirts” protest (2011) to his hometown in Sisatek, a zone of conflict between Thailand and Cambodia due to the ongoing political dispute between the two countries over the Preah Vihear Temple. Boundary was funded by Busan International Film Festival and Art Network Asia. Numbenchapol received the Young Filmmaker award from the Bangkok Critics Assembly and Boundary screened across many film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.


May 2021

Soil Without Land will online screening programme now titled, "Land/Landless" to be held between 21 May to 30 May. In dialogue with the initiatives from Beyond Repair, the online screening programme soft/WALL/docs presents a selection of films from Southeast Asia and beyond. With an emphasis on documentaries, these films cumulatively excavate the fictile notions of land and site, articulating their surfaces as striated by broader politico-geographic processes of confiscation and contestation.

 


May 2021

Soil Without Land is the winning title for the Special Jury Prize at Taiwan International Documentary Festival - TIDF

The award citation from the jury

We have awarded the Special Jury Prize to an insightful documentary with compelling narratives crafted through the juxtaposed compositions of imagery, sounds, and interviews, the director crosses national and ethnic borders to depict points-of-views of “the other side,” giving voice to the marginalized and the stateless. While rigorous and artistic in construction, the film is generous and gives ample space to the voice and experiences of the central figure, as the portrayal of its Shan protagonist shapes a collective portrait of the repressed youth struggles under the flag of fighting for autonomy.


April - June 2021

The Longest Way Round is The Shortest Way Home, Mr.Shadow, in process of time @ VAGAS MESEUM : Homecoming/Eventually

At this time of heightened national specificity, while we are compelled to reconsider the meaning of home and belonging, the exhibition Homecoming / Eventually functions as a proposition to engage, through visual art, with the contention of homecoming particularly from the geographic perspective of Southeast Asia to which a wave of ‘homecomings’ has returned millions of overseas nationals. Incidental to its interpretation as a celebratory event of returning from abroad, homecoming connotes not only physical movement but also the conceptual trajectory towards the place of origin, which is held as the return destination, culturally and emotionally. Considered within the geography and topography of memory, Homecoming/Eventually questions the meaning of home as a locality and its social relevance in relation to its return. What is home? Where is home? Is it a real or imagined place? To address these inquiries into Southeast Asian trajectories, Homecoming/Eventually presents new and ongoing works by two art practitioners from Thailand and the Philippines, Nontawat Numbenchapol and Ryan Villamael. Through mixed media, video works, and photography installations, the artists investigate the significance of home and return, engaging with the physicality of the ‘terrain’ as subjective locality of belonging.


July 2020

The Longest Way Round is The Shortest Way Home

is Thai film director Nontawat Numbenchapol’s debut exhibition at Gallery VER, and his first-ever large-scale installation in an on-site gallery.
Echoing the idiom that suggests shortcuts are not, always, the best way, 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home' reflects on the complexities of the migratory life and on its precariousness, often endeavored without legal documents. Contrary to what may have initially appeared as a shortcut to a better life, the act of crossing the border, specifically from Myanmar to Thailand in 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home', manifests as an unsustainable choice. Systematically marginalized, immigrants often have no other options than limited freedom, or to return to the homeland.
Focusing on Shan laborers in Chiang Mai, the ethnographical framew

ork of 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home' incorporates Numbenchapol’s observations and on-site research by way of unique footage shot in the inlands of Myanmar to trace the journey of a young man as he returns, after six years, to his village in the Shan State to visit his family and to process his much-needed national identity documents.


Filmed alone without accompanying crew, Numbenchapol’s footage serves as a collection of visual field notes that reveal the protagonist’s views on his migratory life, the pain of leaving behind his homeland, and his expectations while embracing a new life across the border. At the same time, the footage fuels larger questions of belonging and unbelonging to one’s own homeland and on the meaning of identity, social or otherwise, in the making of an individual.


Encompassing immersive video and sound installations, as well as photography and mixed-media works, 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home' aims to facilitate dialogues on contentions of inclusion, exclusion and societal acceptance across Southeast Asian borders, while also establishing the foundation for Numbenchapol’s ground research on Shan laborers in Chiang Mai for a feature-length film on the same topic.

at Gallery Ver, Bangkok, Thailand.


July 2020

in process of time

The photobook “in process of time” explores the process of time from past to present by means of on-site research that has been documented and made into documentary photography by Thai film director Nontawat Numbenchapol when he carried out research for his film script between 2016-2020.


The photography starts with those photographs taken from Loi Kaw Wan, the borderland between Myanmar and Northern Thailand and the military base of the Shan State Army (SSA), then followed by those taken during Shan national day celebrations in Tachileik, a border town in the Shan State of Myanmar, and finally ends with those capturing the Shan moving into Chiang Mai to live in their land of hope and dream.


Contemplating the meaning of the process of time, Nontawat addresses questions in connection with his documentary photography and explores the historical, social, political and cultural meanings behind those photographs by inviting writers, academics, and artists with passionate interest and thorough understandings of the contexts and issues to write articles.

at Daily Delay, Bangkok, Thailand.

 


June 2020

Mr.Shadow and Soil Without Land

Group exhibition: Unflattening Screening Series, include some work by Nontawat Numbenchapol _ Mr. Shadow series, 2016 -2018 at MMCA SEOUL 10.07.2020 - 20.09.2020


Unflattening Screening Series is a screening
program linked to the National Museum of Modern
and Contemporary Art’s Unflattening exhibition
that looks back on the 70th commemoration of
the Korean War, which seeks to examine the kind
of ‘face’ the Korean War is remembered by, the
traces it has left behind, and its appearance at this
point in time.


Traces of Memory, presents films in which the
current generation that have never experienced
war reconstruct the experiences and lives of
previous generations through documents, videos,
and interviews. Individual and specific characters,
who cannot be defined in any single abstract word
such as refugees, asylum seekers, veterans, war
orphans, prisoners of war, or victims of massacre,
appear in the film.


Future of the Ruins, looks into not only the trauma
of war, but also the social imbalance and strong
tension caused by the destructive phase of war,
such as the hatred against minorities, excessive
governmental authority, and the institutionalization
of military culture. The vivid aftermaths of war
remind us that wars which have not yet ended still
persist around us.


Life with Bombs, focuses on those who are
leading dangerous lives inside international conflict
zones. This bizarre repetition, which is reminiscent
of the Korean Peninsula in the 1950s, is even more
horrifying because of the reality that the images in
front of us are continuing to happen somewhere
at the present moment. But like a miracle, people
discover moments of beauty even on battlefields,
and maintain their powerful will and strength to
restore life.

 


 

January 2020

An Imperial Sake Cup and I

[Lecture performance]
An Imperial Sake Cup and I @ MAIIAM, Chiangmai, THAILAND.
by Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, directed by Teerawat ‘Ka-ge’ Mulvilai,
Nontawat Numbenchaphol & Anan Krudphet.


An Imperial Sake Cup and I is a lecture performance by Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, a renowned historian and specialist in Southeast Asia studies. Charnvit draws a connection between his relationship with the Japanese army in his hometown Nong Pla Duk, Ban Pong, during World War II. In 1964, Crown Prince Akihito and his consort officially visited Thailand, and as a junior member of the Bangkok Municipality welcome team, Charnvit was given a royal sake cup which he has kept ever since. In this lecture performance, he traces personal and micro narratives to reflect objects and memories as well his witnessing of the global social transformation from the Japanese presence in Thailand, the Vietnam War, and the 1970s student uprising in Thailand. He juxtaposes Thailand and Japanese history and subtly unravels the comparison of these two countries. This lecture performance is co-directed by Teerawat ‘Ka-ge’ Mulvilai (performance / stage), Nonthawat Numbenchaphol and Anan Krudphet (video, moving images), and is produced by Gridthiya Gaweewong.


November 2019

Soil Without Land

I am very happy to announce the official EP release of Soil Without Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Nannue Tipitier on iTunes and Apple Music 


iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/ album/ id1476906008?ls=1&app=itune s

Apple Music
http://itunes.apple.com/ album/id/1476906008


 

October 2019

#BKKY

at ILHAM gallery, KL Malaysia. Program a weekend of film to accompany their upcoming "Fractures and Fictions" exhibition.


September 2019

Soil Without Land

is about to have it's Korean premiere  at the DMZ ?????????? DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Asian Competition section this September!


June 2019

Soil Without Land


Opening film at SAC Asian Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand.


May 2019

DOI BOY


Thai Pitch at Cannes


 

April 2019

Soil Without Land

Soil Without Land, a new feature documentary by Nontawat Numbenchapol (Boundary, By The River) will premiere in the international competition section at Visions du Réel one of the oldest renown documentary film festivals in the world. 


March 2019

DOI BOY

at Circolo dei lettori pitch for DOI BOY at Lovers Goes Industry, as part of Lovers Film Festival - Torino Lgbtqi Visions.


December 2018

 

Boundary

A Visitor to the Forest - Screening Program at TENT


November 2018

Doi Project

a piece from Doi project shown at appearing unannounced, is a group exhibition based on the idea of change, inconsistency and transition within the structure of a space.

venue : Rirkrit Tiravanija's studio at Tambon Nam-bo-luang, Chiangmai.

 


 

September 2018

Boundary

A FILM SCREENING BY NONTAWAT NUMBENCHAPOL AT Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw 


August 2018

QUEER DIGITHAIZED

Screening at Queer Film Festival, ?Bangkok

 


August 2018

QUEER DIGITHAIZED

Screening in Queer vision program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.


 

 

July 2018

Boundary

is joining ‘The Lancang-Mekong Anthropology Documentary Forum and Workshop’ in Yunnan, China. I’m honored to be invited to join the forum at Yunnan University


June 2018

Doi Project

Mr. Shadow a piece from Doi project shown at TS1, Yangon with a group exhibition "A BEAST, A GOD, AND A LINE AND A LINE" Curated Curated by Cosmin Costina.


May 2018

DOI BOY

From the very first day that I started this project, I was dreaming that it can find some ways to be be developed. But I never thought that it could go this far; to be selected to the big markets in Busan, Berlinale, and Cannes.

As for the market, there will be a table for us. Then comes with the meetings with people who are interested in our project, whether they are international producers, or sales agents. If we are agreed, they will help us to apply our project to their regional funding further.

For each market, we have around 30 meetings in total. So I think maybe I pitch for DOI BOY for about 100 times already! (and why not?) Each time takes about 30 mins. In the beginning, I felt a bit confused and not sure how to explain things. But now I feel as if I can pitch automatically and fluently.

As for Cannes, I had a good chance to meet George, who is a selection committee for L'Atelier, at APM, Busan. George made an appointment with us because he likes my previous documentary, BY THE RIVER, and he asked us to send the script. After he takes time for a reading, he skyped with us and asked about things. And he eventually advised us that DOI BOY is the first project to be selected for this edition.

***OMGGGGG

Cannes L'Atelier select projects from worldwide, with no limited to any specific region or amount of previous works from the director. 15 projects will be selected for participant. This is to encourage upcoming projects to have more chances to be completed.

I'm really exited as I've never been to Cannes before. Who knows what's gonna happen!

For more information: http://bit.ly/2F9atml

 


May 2018

#BKKY

You can watch #BKKY on GILOO (Only in Taiwan.)

 


April 2018

Boundary

Curated Screening Programme
DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia 
Curator : Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani 
At Screening room, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand 

In line with the curatorial focus of DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia, a group exhibition of contemporary art from Southeast Asia about the movement of people in the region since the Vietnam War, and its related aspects of migration, displacement, return, and hybridity, and in support of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum’s dedication to research and education, we are pleased to present a specially curated screening programme on 14 and 15 April. Comprising three works spanning short- and feature-length films, and a documentary, produced by independent filmmakers and artists, this selection addresses concerns of belonging, border crossing, and otherness in the diasporic journey through various visual narratives. 

The screening will start at 3 pm on both days at the museum theatre.


April 2018

No Boys Land

No Boys Land be heading to Nyon, Switzerland for Visions du Reel, one of the most prestigious documentary festivals in Europe. My upcoming documentary project No Boys Land is part of Pitching du Reel. Yup, I have to pitch again there! ; P

My friend Kavich Neang's new documentary project LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING it also there for Docs in progress.


March 2018 - March 2019

Doi Project

In light of the current interest in global migration and displacement compelled by humanitarian crises worldwide, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is proud to present DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia, a group exhibition of contemporary art from Southeast Asia that considers the recent and ongoing movement of people within and away from the region since the outbreak of the Vietnam War, and its related aspects of migration, displacement, return, and hybridity. 

Taking the artworks as a starting point in engaging with historical or autobiographical accounts of the diaspora experience, the exhibition also draws attention to the act of crossing the permeable, geopolitical borders that punctuate Southeast Asia. These are the borders that are repeatedly crossed, lawfully or illicitly, by a great number of people whose lives and identities may be configured by mobility and social exclusion.

Curator : Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani 


 

March - May 2018

Doi Project

Mr. Shadow a piece from Doi project shown at Parasite, Hongkong with a group exhibition "A BEAST, A GOD, AND A LINE AND A LINE" Curated Curated by Cosmin Costina.

 


 

Febuary 2018

DOI BOY x No Boys Land

I’m very happy to open 2018 with much warm news, even in cold Berlin in February: 2 new projects are participating in events there.

One is my doc “No Boys Land” in the Berlinale Talents and the other one is “Doi Boy” in the Berlinale Co-Production Market, this is the one of biggest market and I’m so surprised!!!

Steve Chen and Bow Supatcha, my looking good producers, will go to present Doi Boy for me, thanks to Goethe Institute & Tokyo Talents, for supporting flight for us to follow our dreams.

And warmth to the team of Anti-Archive for always having my back.

Equally excited to share the Southeast Asian warmth with many friends in both events, including Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, and Jeremy Chua project in the market.

See you in Berlin.

for more details.
https://www.berlinale.de/en/branche/berlinale_co_production_market/index.html

 


Febuary 2018

Doi Project

Mr. Shadow a piece set from Doi project shown at Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh with a group exhibition "A BEAST, A GOD, AND A LINE AND A LINE" Curated Curated by Cosmin Costina.

 


January 2018

#BKKY

Screening at Queer Momenti a queer films from Thailand!


 

December 2017

DOI BOY

DOI BOY project heading toLuang Prabang Film Festival for the 2017 Talent Lab, led by the Tribeca Film Institute.

 


December 2017

DOI BOY x No Boys Land

Off to Singapore with 2 new works from the Doi Project. 

My first fiction film, DOI BOY, is participating in the second round of Ties That Bind with Steve Chen, my producer from Anti-Archive

NO BOYS LAND, my new feature documentary and the research for Doi Boy, is participating at The South East Asian Film Financing Project Market. I'll be there with Dew Napattaloong my talented young producer.

 


November 2017

DOI BOY

Bow Supatcha - Very excited to attend Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) next year. I wish to grab this opportunity to develop DOI BOY further. Big hugs to my DOI BOY's team Nontawat Numbenchapol and Steve Chen, and also to all Mobile Lab and Anti-Archive friends. Thanks Aditya Assarat and Pimpaka Towira very much for the support.

 


November 2017


DOI BOY

Bow Supatcha - Woohoo~ Just received the special mention award from the Talents Tokyo. Yeahhh~ This award is also to my DOI BOY's team Nontawat Numbenchapol and Steve Chen. Also thanks to my Anti-Archive friends who always give us big support.

For the past week, I really really had a good time and felt so warm-welcomed. I learnt a lot from the experts, and got many talented friends here. Hope we can walk through this filmmaking journey together and keep in touch. I really hope to come back here again with our film soon 😉

Also, congrats to Zoro Zolush who won the Talents Tokyo award. I really root for your project!


November 2017

DOI BOY

Bow Supatcha represent DOI BOY's team,Nontawat Numbenchapol and Steve Chen, at the Talents Tokyo.


November 2017

Boundary

Boundary @ SOAS 
18 November, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, SOAS Khalili Theatre, LONDON.
Screening and panel discussion by Rachel Harrison and Loredana Paracciani

for more details :https://seacurrents.org/programme/film-screenings/


November 2017

#BKKY
Screening at FRINGE!, London.

 


November 2017

No Boys Land

is Selected at Tokyodocs.


November 2017


No Boys Land

Yay! We just won best Asian pitch at Docs Port Incheon 😀

and big Congrats to Flickering Lights and The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil for your awards!


November 2017

No Boys Land

"No Boys Land" my new documentary project (research for my first fiction Doi Boy) is Selected at the Docs Port Incheon 2017 for Asian Project Pitch (A-Pitch)

Docs Port Incheonaims to introduce, support and promote Asian documentary projects and to provide a range of opportunities and business networking for documentary professionals, and is returning to Incheon after a successful third international edition last year. It is organized by Incheon Film Commission under the sponsorship of Incheon Metropolitan City. Incheon is Korea’s third most populous city, close to Seoul, and is a gateway city to Asia.


October 2017

#BKKY

This special screening at New Narative Film Festival seeks to place a spotlight on identity issues faced by young people in Bangkok, Thailand, and by extension, young people all over the world.

#BKKY, a 2016 film directed by Nontawat Numbenchapol, delves into the world of Bangkok teens discovering and grappling with their gender identities. Their experiences and feelings can speak to us all: in a time of extreme polarization, marked by a conflict between progressive values and stubbornly social taboos, young people find themselves mired in a confusing landscape when it comes to ethnicity, politics and gender.

Here in Taiwan, the screening of #BKKY offers an opportunity for reflection. Although Taiwan is Asia's first country to legalize gay marriage, the question of whether "true freedom" exists for the LGBTQIA community remains just that: a question that still needs to be explored with depth and sensitivity.

After the screening, all are encouraged to stay and enjoy the afterparty. DJ David Geer from Germany will provide improvised electronica music to accompany a screening of another short film by Numbenchapol, "Skateboarding."


October 2017

Boundary
Screening at The NCCU Art & Culture, Taipei, Taiwan


October 2017

QUEER DIGITHAIZED

curated by Nontawat Numbenchapol for Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg – International Queer Film Festival


October 2017

DOI BOY

Asian Project Market (APM) is a co-production platform that offers emerging filmmakers the opportunity to meet international leading film professionals.

After launching in 1998 as Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), it has grown into the biggest and most important pre-market in Asia. In 2011, it was renamed as Asian Project Market and has been successfully delivering its role as cradle of creativity.

Each year APM discovers fresh feature film projects ranging from big-scale commercial film projects to low-budget indies and links them with global film investors, producers and distributors. Numerous APM projects have already made it through to completion and received positive responses from both film festivals and international audiences. As such, APM continues to earn greater interest from filmmakers around the world.

The 21st Asian Project Market will take place for three days on October 7-9, 2018. Please feel free to contact APM team for any inquiries about participation in APM as project team or industry guest.


October 2017

Boundary

MMCA Film & Video (MFV) presented the Asian Film and Video Art Forum (AFVAF) in collaboration with Hand-made film lab SPACE CELL in 2015. The first edition of AFVAF was co-curated by seven curators in Asia to introduce works by artists based in Asia and to seek original discussions. The participating curators decided that there was no necessary reason to bring togetherfilms or moving images under the name of the Asian continenton the grounds of regional affinity. However, we also had to admit that there was indeed, although intangible, a sense of similarity among the artists. With the ambitions of the curators who are willing to introduce and share the currents in Asian film and video art, MFV decided to host this forum as a biennial program with anticipation of developing it into a sustained field of discourse.


September 2017

#BKKY

Screening at Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA. Featuring a panel discussion with Dr. Wiworn Kesavatana.


August 2017

No Boys Land

No Boys Land is a new documentary project by myself that started as a research project for my first fully fiction film, DOI BOY

The project has been selected for Docs By The Sea Pitching Forum.

It tells the story of Jai Sang Lod, a young boy who grew up in the highlands of the Zomia region, in the buffer state bordering Thailand and Myanmar. The buffer state is known as the Shan State, a territory which all that seeks refuge must submit to the Shan State Army for the liberation of Shan people from the Myanmar government.

Docs By The Sea is an international documentary forum for creative documentary projects with the focus of Southeast Asia. It is an excellent platform to network, obtain industry insights, and get your projects funded and distributed.

Thirty documentary projects will be selected to pitch. More than twenty five international decision makers are invited to provide feedback and to consider collaborations with selected projects.

 


July 2017

By the River

Screening at 13 Onternational Conference on Thai Studies, Chiangmai, Thailand.


July 2017

DOI BOY

won the Purin Award at the close of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC).

Dear all,

To think about the first day I started to make films until these days, it is about 10 years already. I look around my circle and see some friends at the same age had families and houses already. As for me, at this age, I wanted to buy health insurance and fix the house for my mom. The thing is when I look back, I feel like I have nothing, but only the films I made. 

I feel so grateful to be able to participate the SEAFIC script lab. Those deadlines help push the project to be developed with good pace. Having such a good mentor like Franz Rodenkirchen , who always tries to understand our script deeply and gives an advice in the way that focuses on our main idea, makes it much more easier to improve our script dramatically. When I read the script and shared opinions with talented friends like Chris YeoSivaroj Karn KongsakulPham Ngoc Lan, and Nicole Midori Woodford, they are very open-minded that we can review each other’s work more freely. They point out things that I’ve never seen in the script before. Besides sharing ideas, our friendship can also heal my loneliness and make me realise that I’m not alone in this journey. We all share the same dream of making films.

In terms of producing, we received professional consolation and eventually found solutions to the problems that we’re always curious about. This process makes our team, Steve Chen and Bow Supatcha, clearly see the path that we are walking forward to. And we always feel the love and friendship from Anti-Archive, which is Chou DavyPark SunghoDaniel MattesKavich NeangDanech SanKanitha Tith, and Douglas Seok. They’re always be there through all good times and bad times, with lots of hugs and smiles.

Last but not least. I wanted to thank you Raymond Phathanavirangoon and Visra Vichit-Vadakan that makes the SEAFIC lab happened. For the past 8 months, it was such a precious experience for me and gave me strength to walk this path further. We really appreciated to receive the Purin award, and will definitely keep on pushing this project. And we hope that SEAFIC will continue to give us strength and hope for ASEAN filmmakers like I used to receive before. I feel like I can escape from the current situation that when I make a film, people in my country would not understand, believe, or give supports that much.

Love
Nontawat Numbenchapol




June 2017


DOI BOY

Nontawat's screening lecture with an excerpt from his research for DOI BOY. This another side project is called No boys Land.

The exhibition 2 or 3 Tigers, which will be accompanied by the public program Flights from the Empire, taking place on June 17th and 18th, 2017. The program is co-curated by Anselm Franke, Hyunjin Kim and David Teh.

The contributions of the program will explore the strategies of resistance against imperial and national structures in Asia while expounding on the genesis of state structures, national borders and capitalist economies and their relationship with indigenous cultures and identity constructs. The weekend takes its cue from James C. Scott's book The Art of Not Being Governed, which focuses on the historically instable rule of nation states and empires in highlands of mainland Southeast Asia. Following a keynote by James C. Scott, we want to explore the ambiguous role of imperialism, statehood in relation to minorities, as well as various historical and contemporary strategies of evasion and "flight from empire".




June 2017



#BKKY

Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival.

 


 

June 2017



#BKKY

Lovers Film Festival Torino LGBTQI,Irregular Lovers. Concorso internazionale iconoclasta section, Italy.


April 2017

DOI BOY

Anti-Archive's Steve Chen will participate in EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) TTB Ties That Bind in Udine, Italy, representing DOI BOY, the first narrative feature film from the young, award-winning Thai director Nontawat Numbenchapol, currently in development. The program, organized alongside the udine FAR EAST FILM festival, brings together ten selected producers, five from Asia and five from Europe, for a five-day development workshop. Anti-Archive is co-producing DOI BOY alongside the Thai film production company Mobile Lab, represented by Bow Supatcha.


April 2017

#BKKY

WICKEDQUEER Boston, USA. 


March 2017





#BKKY

HELSINKICINEAASIA
, Finland.

 


March 2017


#BKKY

Cinemasia, Amsterdam. 


March 2017



#BKKY


Cambodia International Film Festival,Phnom Penh.


March 2017




#BKKY

GLITCH Film Festival, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

 


Jan 2017



#BKKY

Kuifest, Turky.



October 2016

#BKKY

won Jury Award for the best feature film at Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hanburg, German.

Jury consisting of Njoki Ngumi (The Nest Collective/Kenya)/ Saadat Munir (Film Festival Programmer Copenhagen/Pakistan), Marit Östberg (Artist Sweden/Berlin)


 


October 2016




DOI BOY
is my first project that is pure fiction, no documentary included. And now it is officially selected to be a part of SEAFIC! I would like to say thank you to all of my team for the support. Thanks to Steve Chen and Bow Supatcha for always taking care of the project in the part of main producing very closely. Thanks to Anti-Archive , Chou Davy, Kavich Neang, Park Sungho. Thanks to 185 Film, Beae Paosrijaroen and Thongdee Sukhum for the advice and support. Thanks to Rimvydas Leipus for trusting in the project and accepting to be the DOP. Thanks to Samak Kosem for the research and inspiration.

And most of all, thanks to Raymond Phathanavirangoon and SEAFIC's team for giving me an inspiration and power to write and make this project happen. Receiving this selection makes DOI BOY come closer to reality, not just a dream anymore.

 


 

October 2016

#BKKY
Screening @ Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hanburg, German.

 



October 2016

#BKKY
Screening @ 香港亞洲電影節 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.

 


 

October 2016

#BKKY

Screening @ Q CINEMA Manila Philippines.

 


 

October 2016

#BKKY
Variety : Busan Film Review: '#BKKY'

 


 

October 2016



On the Rise : New Faces of Southeast Asian Cinema
8 Oct / 17.30 @ Busan Cinema Center

Meet the Guest : Talk to Talk which Director Chou Davy, Yosep Anggi NOEN, Minh Quy TRUONG, Ato BAUTISTA, BOO Junfeng and Nontawat Numbenchapol

 


 

October 2016

#BKKY
Jojo is a character in a fantasy’s tale that woven from the interview of 100 teenagers in Bangkok during the transitioning moment from high-school to university. They were asked to describe their happiest moment in life. Meet Jojo for the first time in Busan International Film Festival 2016 in October 2016.

 


 

 

October 2016

Boundary x By the River

Screening @ 當代敘事影展—邊界・世界 New Narratives Film Festival
21-30 October 2016 in Taipei.

 


 

March 2016

Boundary

Screening @ Rooftop Institute Hongkong.

 


 

September 2015



Boundary

NOW AVAILABLE ON VIMEO ON DEMAND.
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/boundary

 


 

June 2014

Gaze & Hear
Show in a group exhibition "A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEMORY" at The 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Strategic Projects.

 

 


 

 

June 2014

Boundary
Screening in Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

 


 

 

June 2014

By the River
Screening , incompetition Human Right Dignity International Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar.

 

 


 

 

June 2014

Boundary
Screening, incompetition Human Right Dignity International Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar.

 



 

 


May 2014

By the River
Screening at Green Film Festival in Seoul (GFFIS).

 

 


 

 

May 2014

Gaze & Hear
a group show"Chapter 3, State of Being New Videoart From Thailand" at XXX Gallery, Hongkong.

 

 


 

 

April 2014


By the River
is selected for ChopShots documentary film festival in international, competition Jakarta, Indonesia.

 

 


 

 

April 2014

Boundary
Screening in Seoul Independence Documentary Film & Video Festival.

 

 


 

 

April 2014


By the River
back to The River 04.04.14

"It was the most impressive screening in my life, it was like a dream that I've been imagining about. Thank you everyone who involved with this movie and everyone who made this screening happened.

I was so happy until I didn't want to come back to the city."

Nontawat Numbenchapol, Director

Except the premiere screening of 'By the River' at Lower Klity village where the documentary was shot, there were also other event such as merit making for Karen ancestors, the discussion about the progress of Klity creek rehabilitation after the judgement was handed down by The Supreme Administrative Court last year and the blessing ceremony for the creek.

In the evening, audiences from Lower Klity village and outside watched 'By the River' together and joined the talk after the movie.

Nontawat said he wants to see the 16 years struggle of Klity villagers becoming an inspiration for people who are fighting for human rights and social justice, not only in Thailand but also other places in the world.

 

 


 

 


Febuary 2014

Boundary
received a Young Director award in Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards, Tailand.

 


 


December 2013

Boundary
Screening in Cambodia International Film Festival with DOCUMENTARIES: A GLIMPSE OF CAMBODIA section.

 

 


 

 


December 2013

By the River
Screening at Festival dei popoli, Florence, Italy in FAR FROM UTOPIA section.

 

 


 





December 2013

Boundary
is going to show at Luangprabang Film Festival.

 

 


 



November 2013


Boundary

screening at Festival Film Dokumenter, Yokyakartar Indonesia in No Bond, No Boundaries section.

 

 


 

 

November 2013

By the River
Screening at Kolkata International Film Festival in Focus : South east Asia section.

 

 


 

 

November 2013

Boundary
screening at Budapest, Hungary in Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

 

 


 

 

November 2013

By the River
in the main competition of the SalaMindanaw International Film Festival, Philippine.

 


 

 

November 2013

By the River
will competed for the New Talent Award @ Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2013 (HKAFF).





November 2013

Boundary
is going to International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) screening in a special themed programme titled Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia.



 

 

October 2013

Boundary
International Competition at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan 2013.

 


 


September 2013

Boundary
screening at Milano Film Festival 2013.

 

 


 

 

August 2013

By the River
BY THE RIVER received a special mention award in Locarno International Film Festival 2013.

 

 


 

 

August 2013

By the River
World premier at Locarno International Film Festival 2013, concorso cineasti del presente.

 


 

 

April  2013

Boundary
Opening film at Salaya Doc, Thailand 2013.

 

 


 

 

February 2013
Boundary
World premier at Berlin International Film Festival 2013 Forum programme.

 

 


 

 

December 2012

"DIG"
VDO Installation & research materials of the forthcoming film "Boundary" 
by NONTAWAT NUMBENCHAPOL, Messy, Bangkok Thailand.

 

 


 

 

December 2012

Boundary
participated in DocNet Campus through the support of DocNet Southeast Asia.

 

 


 

 

October 2012

Ratchapruek
Group Exhibitiom, Menam Art Fleuve, Ensapc Ygrec, Paris, France.

 

 


 

 

August 2012

JOURNIES ACROSS BORDERS
Screening and Talk By Nontawat Numbenchapol, Jim Thomson Art Center , Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 


 

 

March 2012

Aurora Primary
FILM ON THE ROCKS
UNTAMED WINNER, Yaonoi Island, Thailand.

 

 


 

 

March 2012
Experimental Film ForumGaze and Hear

8.8.88
is selected to competition in Salaya International Film Festival, Thailand.

 

 


 

 

October 2011
Experimental Film ForumGaze and Hear

Where your boundaries are
is selected by DMZ Fund from Asian Network of Documentary, Busan International Film Festival and the DMZ International Documentary., Busan, Korea.

 


 

 

May 2011
Experimental Film ForumGaze and Hear

Gaze & Hear
Screened at Experimental Film Forum 2011(Singapore).


 


 

 


January 2011
ANAMobile Lab

Mobile Lab
which won Arts Network Asia (ANA) 2011 Awardees.