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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

lives / Bangkok, Thailand

born /
Bangkok, Thailand
Contact/ apichatpong@kickthemachine.com

Secret Love Affair (for Tirana)
video installation
Tirana, Albania

Haunted Houses
60 minutes

Blissfully Yours
145 minutes

16 mm,
17 minutes

Boys at Noon
23 minutes
Like the Relentless Fury
of the Pounding Waves

16 mm
30 minutes
Mysterious Object at Noon
85 minutes


An experimental filmmaker and the most prominent advocate of film art in Thailand.
Well-regarded for challenging ideas, integrity, and skills dedicating to building a new chapter in Thai modern cinema.


Boards of Directors, Project 304: A non profit art space, Bangkok
Member, Association of the Siamese Architect (ASA), Bangkok


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), IL, USA
Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking 1997
Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
Bachelor in Architecture, 1994
(Honorable Mention)


Kick the Machine/Bangkok, Thailand
Director/Mar 2000 to Present
Directed "Blissfully Yours," a feature film of La-Ong Dao Co., Ltd., and short videos.
Organized an independent/experimental film workshop for the public, resulting in a surge of new group of young Thai filmmakers.

Acquired experimental films from emerging filmmakers and artists for promotion and distribution.
Provided low-cost editing facility for independent filmmakers and students.
Cinema Factory Bangkok, Thailand
Director/May 1997 to Feb 2000
Directed and managed "Mysterious Object at Noon," the first independent Thai film.
Produced and promoted the existence of Experimental film in Thailand.
Jury, The 4th Thai Short Film Festival by The Thai Film Foundation, Bangkok, 2000
Curated: Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, (BEFF - formerly known as BIAFF), 1999
Curated: The 1st Bangkok International Art Film Festival, (BIAFF),1997
Film Cage SAIC, USA
Manager/Sept 1995 to Dec 1996
Supervised the film equipment loans.
Handled trafficking of the film department editing and printing facilities
Flaxman Library SAIC, USA
Film Technician/Jan 1995 to Dec 1996
Provided maintenances and repair for film/ classic collection
Controlled the film collection's circulation
The Film Center/The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Assistant/Sept 1994 to Jan 1996
Managed files of international directors and films
Organized office's related tasks.
SJA+3D, (Sumet Jumsai and Associates)/Bangkok, Thailand
Architect, Designer/Mar 1994 to Aug 1994
Designed building's decorative components


Secret Love Affair (for Tirana), video installation, Tirana, Albania, 2001
Blissfully Yours 35mm, 145 minutes, 2001
Boys at Noon/ Girls at Night, video installation, 2000
Boys at Noon video, 23 minutes, 2000
Mysterious Object at Noon 35mm, 85 minutes, 2000
Malee and the Boy video, 27 minutes, 1999
Windows video, 17 minutes, 1999
The Lungara Eating Jell-O video installation, World Artists for Tibet Exhibition, 1998
thirdworld 16 mm, 17 minutes, 1997
100 Years Of Thai Cinema Promotional series for Thai Film Foundation, video 1997
Rice Artist Michael Shawanasai's performance 16 mm, 15 minutes, 1996
Like the Relentless Fury of the Pounding Waves 16 mm, 30 minutes, 1995
Kitchen and Bedroom 16 mm, 15 minutes, 1994
0116643225059 16 mm, 5 minutes, 1994
Bullet 16 mm, 5 minutes (Editor), 1993


Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA, TBA, 2001
Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Japan, October, 2001
7th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, September, 2001
New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand, July, 2001
Tirana Biennale, curated by Giancarlo Politi/ Gridthiya Gaweewong, Albania, June, 2001
Osaka International Film Festival, Osaka, Japan, June, 2001
BAMcinematek, Brooklyn, USA, June, 2001
Walker Art Center, USA, April, 2001
JeonJu International Film Festival, Korea, May, 2001
La Fabrica del Vapore, "Short Stories," curated by Roberto Pinto, Italy, April, 2001
Singapore International Film Festival, (a Retrospective), Singapore, April, 2001
Tokyo Filmex, Japan, December, 2000
Rencontres International de Cinema a Paris, France, October, 2000
London International Film Festival, UK, November, 2000
Viennale Vienna International Film Festival, Austria, October, 2000
Video Worms, by Kinetic Plastic Worms, Singapore, 2000
Euro-Visions, Silpakorn University, Thailand, October, 2000
Cork International Film Festival, Ireland, October,2000
Video Salon, Belgium, 2000
Made in Thailand, by MAP (Moulden Art Project), Darwin, Australia, 2000
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, October, 2000
International Film Forum "Arsenals," Latvia, June, 2000
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, July, 2000
Festival International du Documentaire, Marseille, France, June, 2000
Chulalongkorn University, Alien (Gener) ation, Bangkok, Thailand, May, 2000
Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland, May, 2000
Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, February, 2000
Cities on the Move, "Film Cities," curated by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Thailand, 1999
Up and Coming, Hanover, Germany, November, 1999
Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Japan, October, 1999
Splitski Filmski Festival, Croatia, 1998
Buffalo Media Resources, CH68/ TCI cable CH18, NY, 1998
Project 304, World Artists for Tibet Exhibition, Thailand, 1998
Chicago Cultural Center, Worldviews, 1998
Blackchair International Showcase, Seattle & Bulgaria, 1997
DUTV Cable 54, Philadelphia, 1997
The Sync Internet Video Audio Cybercasting, Maryland, 1997
Cinema Shorts Film Festival, Calgary, 1997
Bangkok International Art Film Festival, Thailand, December, 1997
Chicago Filmmaker's, Chicago, 1996


Artist-in-Residence grant recipient - at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2001-2002
Artist-in-Residence grant recipient - S-Air, Sapporo, Japan, 2001
Grand Prix - Woosuk Award, JeonJu International Film Festival, Korea, 2001
Special Citation, "Dragons & Tigers," Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2000
Listed among "Best of 2000," for Mysterious Object at Noon by Film Comment magazine and Village Voice magazine, USA, 2001
The James Nelson Awards, USA, 1998
Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands, 1998
Film Support Grants, Fuji Film Corporation, Thailand, 1997
Visual Arts Grants, Toshiba, Thailand, 1997
International Student Scholarship. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996

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