Thai Media Fund lauched Media Alert on Facebook

Media Alert is a project under the work plan of the Office of Thai Media Fund. Its missions are 1. to present results of the study 2. To analyze media conditions, social media exposure and media usage behavior.

With the aim of fostering a culture of critical thinking in communication, exposure and media usage and to promote safe and creative media ecosystem.

Media Alert started communicating online since February 2021 to update various situations information on social media and among social communication. This is to present results of the study and to analyze on interesting and important social issues with reliable academic principles through various methods with the utmost efforts of Media Alert team at the beginning of the project.

Follow Media Alert at: www.facebook.com/MediaAlertThailand

Press Conference to announce the “Opening of the 2021 Annual Grant Program application”, The Emerald Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

On Friday 5 February 2021, the Thai Media Fund (TMF) held a press conference on “An opening for proposals, projects or activities of Annual Grant 2021” at the Emerald Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. On this occasion, it was an honor that H.E. Mr. Itthiphol Kunplome, Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand, Vice Chairman of the Committee of the Thai Media Fund, delivered his opening remarks.

“Thai Media Fund has been offering grants to promote the development of safe and creative media since 2017, with 2021 marking its fifth year. There are 3 types of grants:

  1.  Open Grant is opened for all segments including private sector for both existing and new producers, in the 4 target groups. The grant applicants are free to use their creativity as there are no restrictions on the presentation media and content.
  2. Strategic Grant requires that the recipient must focus and contribute to media content development. It consists of 5 issues for small projects, 4 issues for medium projects and one issue for a large project. This is the media production strategy that TMF wants to happen.
  3. Collaborative Grant is the funding that “TMF kindly requests our networks to work with TMF”, said H.E. Mr. Kunplome.

Mrs. Yupha Taveewattanakitborvon, Permanent Secretary for Culture and Executives of the Thai Media Fund, also attended this press conference.

In 2021, TMF allocates the following funding amount to each grant:

  1. Open Grant: THB 90 million
  2. Strategic Grant: THB 180 million
  3. Collaborative Grant: THB 30 million

Application period is during 20 January to 19 February 2021 at 16.30 (GMT+7).

For those who are interested in submitting the project please visit:   www.thaimediafund.or.th

The report launch “Hate Speech in Southeast Asia: New Forms, Old Rules”

The Thai Media Fund supports Asia Centre in doing a report “Hate Speech in Southeast Asia: New Forms, Old Rules,” which is one of the projects under the 2019 Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between Thai Media Fund and Asia Centre.

 

The report describes the status quo and current issues leading to discrimination, violence, and communal strife in the region. It examines the legal framework, in particular, a slew of “harmony” bills aimed at securing social, racial or religious harmony as well as non – legal measures to foster social cohesion, interfaith dialogues, and social harmony.

 

It also evaluates states in Southeast Asia that signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The study recommends a range of measures to alleviate the challenges arising from hate speech. Among them is a primary recommendation to officially recognize newer forms of hate speech and a set of secondary recommendations to promote understanding and diversity.

 

On 22 July 2020, Asia Centre has organized the report launch

“Hate Speech in Southeast Asia: New Forms, Old Rules”

with Dr. Robin Ramcharan, Executive Director, Asia Centre, the presenter, and 3 discussants:

 

  1. Nukila Evanty: Executive Director, Women Working Group (WWG)
  2. Nur Judy Binti Abdullah: Founder & Executive Director, Project Women and Girls Development
  3. Rowan Reid: Project Director for Journalist Safety, Internews

 

There were 108 attendees at the session.

 

This launch is a part of the webinar series prior to the upcoming “International Conference on Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions,” which is scheduled on 7 – 9 October 2020, Bangkok, Thailand.

TMF strongly supports and promotes digital and media literacy in Thai society with the aim to accomplish its vision which is “People can access, understand and be able to use media wisely, safely and constructively within a good media ecosystem”.

 

Momng na jae is one of shortlisted projects for ACB Asia

Momng na jae is one of 19 shortlisted projects for The Asia Content Business Short Film Project, Project 19.

The Asia Content Business Short Film Project, Project 19, is an initiative to promote the film industry in Asia by gathering and curating short film videos (under 5 minutes) under the topic of COVID-19 and how their communities have responded to the health crisis.

The winner of the competition will receive a paid trip to Hong Kong to attend the FILMART and the ACBS Award presentation (subject to travel restriction circumstances), courtesy of Salon Media Lab.

 The Ministry of Culture of Thailand and Content Thailand is generously sponsoring US$3,000 as prize money for this competition.

 

Synopsis: The owner of a guesthouse wants to close his place and discharge the only employee Mong because of the decline of business during COVID. However, he is actually a good employer because although there have been months without any guest, he paid Mong his salary on time. Mong is very grateful and decides to take this opportunity to upgrade the service of the guesthouse. The owner does not want to fire Mong but Mong accidentally overheard that the owner has such thoughts one day. Mong understands that decision, but also shares his feels with the owner: the pandemic has taken so much away from the Thai people, but he can still see the beauty of the country that cannot be taken away: people’s smile, hospitality and generosity. The owner in the end changes his mind and wants to get this through together with Mong.

Momng na jae is a winner of the “New-Normal Short Film Contest” under the concept of “Charming Thai lifestyle in a New-Normal Era” which is the collaborative project between Thai Media Fund and Thai Film Director Association.

The project’s objectives are

  1. Produce a short film/ television program to raise awareness, stimulate motivation and create participation in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in Phase II so that the general public can understand the situation in self care in New-normal lifestyle.

  2. Communicate to promote people having knowledge and understanding of patient’s care, disciplines and follow new regulations to prevent COVID-19 infection in Phase II.

To view Mmong na jae, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3o1TGhi8Vg

For more information about Project 19, please visit: https://www.acbsasia.com/project-19

“TMF Public Hearing: Grants for Change 2021”

The Thai Media Fund has held the “TMF Public Hearing: Grants for Change 2021” in 4 different regions of Thailand as follows:

  • Central: 12 October 2020 at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladproa Bangkok
  • North-East: 16 November 2020 at Khonkaen International Convention and Exhibition Center (KICE), Khon Kaen  
  • South: 4 Dec 2020: Bunjongburi Hotel, Surat Thani 
  • North: 18 Dec 2020: Mae Joe University, Chiang Mai   

The purpose of the event is to set the guideline and principle for our next year fund, Annual Grant in 2021. 

Since there were a lot of feedbacks from the applicants of the Annual Grant Year 2020, TMF would like to offer the opportunities to the public and stakeholders to share their opinions and experiences. This is to collect their advices which will be the benefit of our criteria for Annual fund year 2021.

9 Temples to heaven is one of 33 shortlisted projects for HAF

The Script Development Project for a Feature Film “9 temples to heaven” is a project by Mr. Sompot Chidgasornpongse who received 2018 fund from Thai Media Fund. It is one of 33 shortlisted projects for the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) which was supposed to be held during 25 – 27 March 2020 in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society has announced the postponement of the 18th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF18) in response to the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

HAF director Jacob WONG said plan is on track to hold HAF 18 during 24th Hong Kong International FIlm and TV Market (FILMART), which the Hong Kong Trade Development Council has just postponed to 26 – 28 August 2020.

The selected projects include leading Asian filmmakers such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand, Giddens Ko from Taiwan, Naoko Ogigami from Japan and Yeo Siew Hua from Singapore.

The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is the award for the leading film producer in Asia. The HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event.

Review

This draft script will reflect the dimension of change and exchange of beliefs among people of different ages. Through the story line that tells a family of 9 members traveling together in a van from Bangkok in order to make merit to 9 temples in the central region.

The whole story begins in the evening of one day, and the whole next day, the family will make merit to nine (9) temples from dawn until dusk when returning to Bangkok.

With the goal of having the story line, it leads the audience to explore relationship, idea, attitude, hope, happiness, suffering, and perspective of life and spirit of the family that differs according to gender, age and role in each family with a relaxing atmosphere and hidden humor but still full of deeply complex social aspects.For information about HAF18, please visit the official website www.haf.org.hk