Mosquito Films Distribution is a sales and festival distribution company founded by leading Thai independent filmmakers Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pimpaka Towira, Aditya Assarat, Soros Sukhum, Anocha Suwichakornpong, and Lee Chatametikool. The company aims to maximize the potential of each individual title it represents while also presenting curated film programs for festival and museum exhibitions with an interest in Southeast Asian cinema.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul began making films and video shorts in 1994. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressing personal politics and social issues. They have won him widespread international recognition and numerous festival prizes, including a Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival. Recently he received the Sharjah Biennial Prize at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE. He’s also a recipient of the Fukuoka Prize, Japan, 2013. He’s currently working on a new feature, Cemetery of Kings.
Pimpaka Towira is the first female Thai director to be noticed by international viewers and critics. International acclaim came with her feature debut One Night Husband. Towira writes, directs, and produces all her films. In 2007, she founded Extra Virgin, a company aiming to nurture and give voice to talents, both emerging and veteran alike. Moreover she was the program director for the Bangkok Film Festival in 2001, 2008, and 2009. She has been invited as a jury member for many film festivals and received the national Silpatorn Award in 2009, presented by the Ministry of Culture for contributions to Thai cinema.
Aditya Assarat is an independent film director and producer through his company Pop Pictures. His 2007 debut feature Wonderful Town won the New Currents Award in Busan and the Tiger Award in Rotterdam. His second feature Hi-So in screened in Berlin, Busan, and Tokyo. He produced Sivaroj Kongsakul’s debut Eternity, which won the Tiger Award in 2011 and Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s debut 36, which won the New Currents Award in 2012. Besides his films, Assarat was the directing mentor for the 2013 Asian Film Academy in Busan. Finally, he is the recipient of the 2010 national Silpatorn award.
Soros Sukhum is an independent film producer who has helped guide the careers of most of the current generation independent directors in Thailand including Aditya Assarat, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Sivaroj Kongsakul, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, and Lee Chatametikool. The films he has produced have won many awards including three Tiger Awards from Rotterdam and two New Currents Awards from Busan. He is a frequent film lecturer and jury member at international festivals. His new projects include both those of established directors as well as young talents.
Anocha Suwichakornpong graduated from an MFA film program at Columbia University. Her thesis, Graceland, was the first Thai short film included in the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation). Anocha’s first feature Mundane History won numerous awards including Rotterdam (Tiger Award Winner), Transilvania (Grand Prix), New Horizons (Grand Prix), Mumbai (Best Director). Anocha founded Electric Eel Films, a production house based in Bangkok, and is active as both a director and producer. She is currently working on her second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark.
Lee Chatametikool is an award-winning editor and filmmaker. His move back home to Bangkok in 2001 – for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first feature, Blissfully Yours – was the start of a decade of fruitful collaboration with Thailand’s new generation of filmmakers. He was twice awarded Best Editor at the Asian Film Awards, for Syndromes and a Century and Karaoke. The Bangkok Film Critic’s Assembly also named him Best Editor in 2008 for Wonderful Town. He took a break from editing to direct his debut feature film, Concrete Clouds, which premiered in Busan and is in competition in Rotterdam.
Sompot Chidgasornpongs graduated with an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He worked as an assistant director on many films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul including Tropical Malady, Worldly Desires, and Syndromes and a Century. His personal shorts were shown at various international film festivals such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Viennale, Vision du Reel, Signes de Nuit, and Indielisboa. His films explore the possibility of representing everyday life in a creative and thought-provoking ways. He is currently working on his first feature Railway Sleepers.