It looks like moviegoers and film lovers will have to wait until 2015 to attend the Asia Pacific Film Festival. Read on for further details.
The 57th Asia Pacific Film Festival will be held in February 2015. The festival was earlier scheduled to be held in December 2014.
The Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia Pacific, the organizer and host of the annual event, stated that the poor health of the King of Thailand was the possible reason for the delay but did not elaborate on the details.
The King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, celebrated his 87th birthday last Dec. 5, 2014. He is the world’s longest reigning monarch (nearly seven decades) and is considered as one of the most famous monarchs in the world. Due to health problems, the Thai King had to cancel his annual birthday appearance and address on the advice of his doctors. The Thai King had his gallbladder removed in October and had been spending years in Bangkok hospitals for other conditions, the New York Times reported.
The Thai King serves as the unifying figure, and his current health situation is causing growing anxiety amongst the already divided citizens in Thailand, which brings us back to the reason of the delay of the 57th APFF as stated by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific.
The Asia Pacific Film Festival was first held in Tokyo in 1954. The festival is an annual event hosted by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific to promote Asia-Pacific films to the world. The event is held in changing venues across the Asia-Pacific region each year.
According to Patric Frater of Variety, the festival “is no stranger to disruption.” In 2012, the Asia Pacific Film Festival attempted to visit mainland China but failed to do so because of seemingly political reasons.
The event was held at the Venetian Macau for the last couple of years and shifted to Bangkok, Thailand for 2014. The 56th year of the Asia Pacific Film Festival is under the theme of “Movie Chutzpah!” which aims to inspire people to go outside the box and unleash their creativity and imagination when viewing movies.
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