Thai Night at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, on the evening of the 20th March, 2019. Organized by The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 21 March 2019 - Thailandcelebrated the 'CreativeThai' spiritof its thriving film festival at Thai Night on the evening of the 20th March.
The highlight of the evening was the officialopening by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya SirivadhanaBarnavadi.
In a speech recognizing the achievements ofthe many creative talents working within Thailand's film, television and animation industries,Her Royal Highness said,
"I amparticularly proud to stand here before you to share Thailand'saccomplishments with the world. Just like the international market has grownso much, so has the Thai film industry, and the driving force behind ourastonishing progress is Thai creativity."
Mr. Boonyarit Kalayanamit, Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Commerce highlighted the support by the Department of InternationalTrade Promotion for the film, television and animation industries, not only atFILMART, but at a number of international markets throughout the year,including the American Film Market and the Cannes Marché du Film.
He recognized the value of the entertainmentindustry to the economy. In 2017, the combined revenue from film,television and animation was almost three billion US dollars. And in2018, over 98 million US dollars was generated from international production servicesalone. Alsopresent at the event were representatives of the twenty-two leading Thai companies attending FILMART,and 509 invited international guests.
Hong Kong A lister, Ray Lui Leung-wai attendedalong with Dr Ally Liu, Senior VP of CP Group HK, H.E. Tun Sri Brandon Toh,Partner of P+ Capital and Sir Eldee Tang, CEO & of Noble Vici Group, Inc.
A number of Thai stars also flew to Hong Kongto join Thai Night, including: Ananda Everingham, ('Shutter', 'Khun Pan')Thanachai Uttchin ('Pod Moderndog'), lead singer of hit band 'Moderndog' Pong Nawat Kulrattanarak, ('SecondSight 3d'), starof many popular Thai television dramas. PuttichaiKasetsin ('DJ Push'),television actor and winner of the 'Most Charming Guy' award.
Thai Night also offered guests the chance toenjoy some signature Thai culinary dishes specially selected to represent thediversity of popular Thai recipes. A performance entitled 'Three Seasons'blended contemporary style with traditional mythology, performed by winners ofa youth contest, which was part of a project initiated by Her Royal HighnessPrincess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, to promote the preventionand solutions to solving drug addiction problems called 'To Be Number One'.
In addition to the legendary Thai hospitality,delectable Thai food, and great performances, seventeen representatives of Thaicompanies were also present to update the guests with news of their latestachievements.
Thai Night was presented as part of the programby the Department of International Trade Promotion to support and promoteThailand's film and television industry in international markets. Twenty-twoThai companies are represented at a dedicated Thailand Pavilion at the HongKong FILMART. These include eight production and post-production services andfacility companies, seven film production and distribution companies, fourtelevision production and licensing companies and three documentary productioncompanies.
Thailand Pavilion brings Thai companies andgovernment representative booths together in a single, co-ordinated and brandedexhibition space at FILMART in Hall 1B, between rows A and B.