Mumbai: The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mumbai in cooperation with the tourism boards of the ASEAN countries and India, inaugurated a three day long film festival at the National Museum of Indian Cinema (Film Division), being held between August 9-11. The ASEAN-Indian Film Festival is one of the events being held to commemorate 2019 as the ASEAN-India Year of Tourism Cooperation. In addition to the common history, cultural celebrations and religious connections; interestingly, the ASEAN countries also celebrate their national days during the month of August. Alongside showcasing the common ties among the countries, the objective of this festival is also to highlight the potential film tourism in these countries.
The festival kick-started with inaugural address by key dignitaries and representatives from each country, followed by mesmerizing cultural performances and screening of Thai movie ‘Ramavtar’. Cholada Siddhivarn, Director, Tourism Authority of Mumbai, shared insights on the growing prospects of film tourism and urged the guests to explore Thailand and ASEAN countries for filming opportunities.
The festival will showcase select films from ASEAN countries which are one of kind and will be a treat for both tourism and film lovers. The festival is entry free for all visitors. Mohd. Hafiz Hashim, Director, Tourism Malaysia; G B Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board; Cholada Siddhivarn, Director, Tourism Authority of Mumbai; Zainal Azlan Mohd. Nadzir, Consul General, Malaysia; Thanawat Sirikul, Acting Consul-General, Royal Thai Consulate General, Mumbai; Rajendra Kumar Bhati, Assistant Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. Of India; Gavin Chay, Consul General, Republic of Singapore; Shelly Chandok, Country Manager, Indonesia Tourism attended.