Curator: Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa
Filmvirus is a loose group of Thai cinephiles found by Sonthaya Subyen since 1995 working as a non – profit community screening films and publishing books about films. On the 13th anniversary of Filmvirus (2008), we decided to select Thai short films that was overlooked and screened it in a program called ‘ FILMVIRUS WILDTYPE’. This has since become an annual project.
FILMVIRUS WILDTYPE is not just another short film festival. It focuses on rescuing films that are overlooked, rejected, and unrecognized. Admittedly, these films are often unpolished and raw, yet they are full of adventure-ness and sincerity – the exhilaration, the ennui, the bawdy humor, and the carefree attitude of these films make us realize the power of the cinematic medium. The medium now finally escapes from the hands of professionals, film students, financial backers, studios, or experts. These films have now fallen from the heavens and into the hands of common people with the aid of new technology that makes cinematic equipments cheaper and easier to operate.
Some of the films are made by high school students who are use a camera for the first time in their lives, while others are ordinary people who have never experienced formal film education. Some films are made just to entertain families and friends, while some were made to teach moral lessons. These films represent the voices of people who are often overlooked or discriminated upon while recording their own personal and intimate realities that reflect their contemporary sociopolitical situation with utmost immediacy and truth. They allow us to experience a different kind of aesthetics and teach us new ways to experience the same old world.