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Judging the Vientianale

Judging the Vientianale IFF short film competition.

Hanuman Films Director Kulikar Sotho has been invited to join the Vientianale International Film Festival from 15-18 March 2018, in Vientiane, Laos. The festival is part of the celebration of Visit Laos 2018 Year. Kulikar will be a jury member for their short film competition, with over 100 short films from 25 countries being screened at the festival. In addition, her latest film, Beyond The Bridge, will be shown as part of the screening of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections project.

The Last Reel on Rental Platforms

The Last Reel is out now to rent on two online platforms, FilmDoo and Vimeo On Demand.

Finally, after much anticipation, the award-winning film The Last Reel, produced by Hanuman Films, is now available now for your online viewing.

After 8 international film festival awards, including the ‘Spirit of Asia Award’ at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the ‘Founder’s Grand Prize’ from Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival, it is now ready to watch in the comfort of your own home or wherever you may be on the move.

FilmDoo: https://www.filmdoo.com/films/the-last-reel/

Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelastreel

Top 10 Female Directors in South Asia

“The 10 Most Interesting Female Directors In South Asia.”

Sotho Kulikar, co-founder of Hanuman Films and award-winning director of #TheLastReel, is cited as one of the “10 most interesting female directors in South Asia” in FeminismInIndia.com.

“Before the Khmer Rouge seized power, Cambodia used to be renowned for its vibrant film culture. In ‘The Last Reel’, first-time director Kulikar Sotho (the first woman to direct a film in Cambodia since 1970!) revisits these days. This tale of a woman digging in Cambodia’s gruesome history by trying to complete a lost film from the 1970’s, is a beautiful ode to the power of cinema and a poignant account of a young woman’s search for recognition.”

Article: https://feminisminindia.com/2017/04/13/ten-female-directors-south-asia/

Beyond The Bridge World Premiere

‘Beyond the Bridge’ Confirmed for World Premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival 2016.

Part of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror project which brings together three talented directors from Japan and other Asian countries to create a series of short films with a common theme, ‘Beyond the Bridge’ is the second film from award-winning Director Sotho Kulikar.

Sotho Kulikar’s Cambodia episode, ‘Beyond The Bridge’, is a love story that transcends time and borders. Her second film following her award-winning directorial debut, #TheLastReel (Spirit of Asia Award at #TIFFJP2014), it portrays a love story that begins in Cambodia against the backdrop of the nation’s civil war and the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge located in Phnom Penh. The piece stars Masaya Kato, a prolific Japanese actor who is active internationally. Playing opposite Kato is Cambodian dancer-choreographer Chumvan Sodhachivy, who recently appeared in Amon Miyamoto’s theatrical production “The Terrace of the Leper King” in Japan.


Best Film at Traverse City Film Festival

The Last Reel scoops the Grand Prize for Best Film at the Traverse City Film Festival 2016.

Director Kulikar Sotho with Festival Founder Michael Moore.

Below is the livestream video of the Traverse City Film Festival Awards Night 2016. The Grand Prize is announced around the 27 minute mark and Academy Award-winning Director Michael Moore invites Director Kulikar Sotho up to receive the prize. She gives a moving acceptance speech before giving an extensive 5-minute interview around the 32m mark. She dedicates this award to the people of Cambodia.

Festival Founder Michael Moore calls it a ‘beautiful, beautiful film’ and ‘true festival gem’ and hopes to help it secure an indie theatrical release in the US. Thank you to Michael Moore and the people of Traverse City for embracing Kulikar, The Last Reel and a moving Cambodian story.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/TCFilmFest/videos/10157115577630618/

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Check out the Cambodia Town Film Festival 2015 Highlights Video

Cambodian Town Film Festival | Highlights from SIN Media on Vimeo.

If you missed your chance to join the ‪CTFF 2015‬ in Long Beach, California, you can check out some highlights in this video. You will see our main actors, including Ma Ryneth, Dy Savet, Sok Sokthun, Ros Mony and Hun Sothy.

‪The Last Reel‬ also won the ‘Best Narrative Feature’ award at this festival adding up to a total of 7 awards, 2 for the film, 1 for the Director and 4 for the actors.

តើអ្នកអាចស្វែងរកតួអង្គក្នុងរឿង”ដុំហ្វីលចុងក្រោយ” នៅក្នុងវីឌីអូនេះដែររឺទេ?

បើអ្នកខកខានឱកាសចូលរួម អ្នកអាចមើលសកម្មភាពសង្ខេបៗមានដូចជា ការចាក់បញ្ចាំង រឿងខ្មែរល្បីៗ វេទិកាសំណួរចម្លើយ និងការកម្សាន្តនានានៅក្នុងមហោស្រពភាពយន្តក្រុងកម្ពុជា (CTFF) តាមរយ:វីឌីអូនេះ។

The Last Reel is Nominated for the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris, will present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Fellini Medal awarded to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO.

The Last Reel is nominated for the  ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award

The Last Reel is nominated for the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award

‪The Last Reel‬ has been nominated for this prize and is one of 12 films in the running. The Last Reel will screen at 4.30pm on Monday 23 November at the 46th International Film Festival of India in Goa, which takes place from 20-30 November 2015.
The broad guidelines for the selection of the films are:
“The film shall exhibit artistic excellence in screenplay, music, and filming technique.
The film shall promote the common good, which is defined as a society in which persons and communities care for one another’s well-being.
The film shall exhibit sensitivity to the human situation, promoting the dignity of all.
The film shall cultivate a realistic hope of creative transformation.
The film shall reflect the ideals of peace, love, tolerance, harmony and friendship.”
Fingers crossed for yet another award for The Last Reel.

The Last Reel is Cambodia’s Official Selection for the 2016 Oscars

The Last Reel, directed by Sotho Kulikar, has been officially chosen by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC) to represent Cambodia for the Foreign Language Film Award of the 88th Oscars ceremony.

Director Sotho Kulikar on set with actors Sok Sothun and Ma Rynet in The Last Reel

Director Sotho Kulikar on set with actors Sok Sothun and Ma Rynet in The Last Reel

The Last Reel has already won several awards at major international film festivals, including the ‘Spirit of Asia’ Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 in Japan and the ‘Black Dragon’ Award at the Far East Film Festival 2015 in Udine, Italy.

“I am so grateful to the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee for choosing The Last Reel to represent Cambodia for the Foreign Language Film Award at the 2016 Oscars,” said Sotho. “This film was made by Cambodians with a Cambodian audience in mind, but the themes are universal and it has been embraced around the world, as well as here at home,” she continued. “I am extremely proud to represent Cambodia, the Cambodian people and the Cambodian film industry at the 88th Oscars,” she added, “I love my country and an award for The Last Reel is an award for Cambodia.”

The Last Reel Director Sotho Kulikar receives the Spirit of Asia Award.

The Last Reel Director Sotho Kulikar receives the Spirit of Asia Award.

The Last Reel is about a lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields which reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.

The Last Reel is one of the first feature films to be directed by a Cambodian woman, debutante Director Sotho Kulikar, and was shot entirely on location in Cambodia during 2013 with a cast of leading local talent, including Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, Sok Sothun, Hun Sophy and Ros Mony. It is a Hanuman Films production.

The Last Reel Premiere CIFF 2014

The Last Reel Premiere Cambodia International Film Festival 2014

Each year the Oscars are hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Hollywood. Each country may submit one film and only the sanctioned organization may choose the film. “It is an honor for our committee members to take part in this prestigious event,” said Ms. Mariam Arthur, chairperson of COSC. “Their expertise in the Khmer film industry makes the members the best qualified to choose which film should represent Cambodia.”

Recently, Cambodia has submitted Lost Loves by Mr. Chhay Bora in 2012, and The Missing Picture by Mr. Rithy Panh in 2013. In 2014, there were no films submitted to COSC. In order for films to qualify, they must have a theatrical release between Oct 1st and Sept 30th of each year, among other requirements. Filmmakers are required to notify COSC by July 15 of each year of their intention to submit. “We encourage filmmakers to contact us before the post-production of their film, so we can review the requirements with them and help make sure they meet all of The Academy qualifications,” said Ms. Arthur.

The Last Reel wins the 'Best Narrative Feature Award' at the Cambodia Town Film Festival inLong Beach, Los Angeles

The Last Reel wins the ‘Best Narrative Feature Award’ at the Cambodia Town Film Festival inLong Beach, Los Angeles

Now that The Last Reel has been submitted to The Academy for consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category of the Oscars, everyone must wait to see if it will be chosen as a final nominee for an Oscar. First, all the films in this category are reviewed and nine films are shortlisted. Of these, the final 5 official nominees are chosen, which will be voted on by Academy members for the Oscar-winning film. The Oscar ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, 28 February 2016. Broadcast live on Monday morning 29 February 2016, the COSC will be hosting the 7th annual Hollywood Awards Live event in Phnom Penh.

The Last Reel is out now in all leading Cambodian cinemas, including Major Cineplex by Cellcard at Aeon Mall; Legend Cinemas at TK Avenue, City Mall and Stung Meanchey; and Platinum Cineplex Sorya and Platinum Cineplex in Siem Reap.

The Last Reel Film Poster, out now in all cinemas in Cambodia

The Last Reel Film Poster, out now in all cinemas in Cambodia

The Oscars are the Olympics of the film industry and Cambodia has a medal hope in the shape of The Last Reel. The Last Reel has already won 6 awards at international film festivals. Will there be another award?

Visit The Last Reel website (www.thelastreel.info) to learn more about the film, including a fullscreen trailer and lots of online film stills, behind-the-scenes and award photos, plus an online brochure.

There is also an official The Last Reel Facebook page for breaking news: href=”https://www.facebook.com/The-Last-Reel-1581309628755913/timeline/” target=”_blank”>The Last Reel

The Last Reel Wins ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at Film Festival in the US

The Last Reel brings home its first American award from Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Last Reel Award Best Narrative Feature Award

The Last Reel Award Best Narrative Feature Award

This weekend saw the Cambodia Town Film Festival at the Art Theatre, Long Beach and the The Last Reel was honoured as the ‘Best Narrative Feature’ or the best feature film at this year’s festival. The lead actors were all on hand to collect the award in person, including Dy Saveth, Ma Rynet, Sok Sothun, Hun Sophy and Ros Mony, plus Producer Nick Ray. The legendary Dy Saveth picked up a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her contribution to the Cambodian film industry, making it a double header for The Last Reel.

Dy Saveth Lifetime Achievement Award

Dy Saveth Lifetime Achievement Award

‪The Last Reel‬ screened to a sellout audience of 380 as the opening film of the 3rd Cambodia Town Film Festival on Saturday 5 September. After a moving screening, the cast and crew went on stage for a Q & A with the festival organisers.

Many thanks to the Cambodian-American community in Long Beach for their incredible hospitality which included taking the actors on a tour of the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ on Friday and a tour of Long Beach sights on Sunday, including the Aquarium of the Pacific and the venerable Queen Mary.

The Last Reel Cast on the Queen Mary, Long Beach

The Last Reel Cast on the Queen Mary, Long Beach

There were also lots of social events by night, including a ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ evening at Thunder Studios, an opening party at landmark Sophy Restaurant, a ‘rom vong’ session at Legends Seafood Restaurant and an on-on to the even more legendary Dragon House nightclub, made famous by the Dengue Fever album, ‘Enter the Dragon House’.

Ros Mony and Ma Rynet on the Walk of Fame

Ros Mony and Ma Rynet on the Walk of Fame

A huge thanks to all those involved in the Cambodia Town Film Festival, including Festival Directors Caylee So and praCh Ly, and all the members of the festival committee who chose The Last Reel as the ‘Best Narrative Feature’. Thanks also to the army of volunteers helping with the event who helped ensure the actors had an incredible time in Long Beach and Los Angeles. The welcome and friendship was very much appreciated by all those involved in The Last Reel. They will never forget the experience.

Dy Saveth Ma Rynet Yeak Attack

Dy Saveth Ma Rynet Yeak Attack

Thank you also to the all-important sponsors who made CTFF 2015 possible and managed to assist with funding the actors to join this celebration of Cambodian film, including the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, the Nancy Lee Show in Los Angeles and the Cambodia Town Film Festival team. And Hanuman Films of course, who coordinated the whole trip.

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