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Ms. Wanpen Nicrovanachumrus

President

Board of Directors

Welcome Message

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of the Thai Film Archive (Public Organization), it is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to all delegates to the 2024 FIAF Congress at the Thai Film Archive. This date has particular significance for us, as in 2024 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Thai Film Archive. The FIAF community has played a pivotal role in the realization of the Thai Film Archive, closely collaborating with and assisting its founder, Dome Sukvong. Since its successful establishment, the Thai Film Archive has regarded the FIAF community as the international standard and model for film archiving.

 

Hosting the FIAF Congress provides an excellent opportunity for FIAF affiliates to witness the fruitful outcomes of collaborative efforts within the FIAF community, particularly in assisting a country in establishing its film archive from its inception. Moreover, this marks the second time a FIAF Congress will be held in Southeast Asia since the 2004 FIAF Congress in Hanoi by the Vietnam Film Institute. I am optimistic that the regional film archives and the FIAF Congress will mutually benefit from this gathering.

 

I am looking forward to welcoming each of you in person to the Thai Film Archive during April 21-26, 2024.

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The Venue

Thai Film Archive (Public Organization)
Thailand

The Thai Film Archive (Public Organization) is a state agency tasked with the responsibility to collect, preserve, and give access to the country’s audio-visual and film-related materials. The Archive functions in part as a museum and library, and in part as a cinematheque.

 

The Thai Film Archive was founded in 1984 as the National Film Archive of Thailand. The department was attached to the National Museum and was allowed to use an old, abandoned factory of the Royal Mint in the compound of the National Gallery on Chaofah Road as its office.
 

In 1987, The Fine Arts Department transferred the National Film Archive to the jurisdiction of the National Archive. The National Film Archive began its public service by organizing screenings, exhibitions, and lectures, and giving access to researchers and the general public. That same year the archive applied to be an Associate member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).
 

The National Film Archive of Thailand moved from its original building on Chaofah Road to its present location, a new compound on Phuttamonthon Sai 5 Road, in Salaya, Nakornpathom, a suburb on the outskirts of Bangkok in 1997.
 

 

In 2009, after eight years of campaigning, the National Film Archive was reorganized, becoming the Thai Film Archive (Public Organization). In Thailand, a Public Organization is a form of governmental administrative model that allows more managerial freedom to agencies whose missions require special expertise to improve efficiency. The archive also became a full member of FIAF in 2011.
 

 

Today, the Thai Film Archive (Public Organization) is devoted to its mission to preserve film and film-related materials, as well as those created and stored in digital format, and to provide access to the public and encourage the use of film as an educational tool to young and senior citizens.

Salaya 

Salaya, where the Thai Film Archive (Public Organization) is located, is a small sub-district of the Phutthamonthon district, Nakhon Pathom province, to the west of Bangkok.
 

Despite its proximity to Bangkok, Salaya maintains a serene and green small-town atmosphere with a modest cost of living. It is a popular destination for tourists (mostly from Bangkok) who visit on weekends or holidays. Salaya boasts numerous tourist attractions, including naturally chic cafes and restaurants.
 

Normally, the journey from Bangkok's city center to Salaya typically takes around an hour. However, it's important to note that during rush hours, when traffic is heavy in Bangkok, the journey time may extend beyond the usual duration.

Tourist destinations in Salaya

Phuttamonthon is a Buddhist park in Salaya. Its highlight is the15.87 metre (52.1 ft) statue of Gautama Buddha by Corrado Feroci, a Tuscan-born Thai sculptor, who is considered the father of modern art in Thailand. This 990 acres park was established in 1957 (the year 2500 in the Thai Buddhist Era).

Mahidol University, Salaya campus , is situated on a site of 520 acres. The campus has been developed into a "green campus" providing a favorable environment for learning. The campus is home to the Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park and Prince Mahidol Concert Hall.

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Don Wai Floating Market is the famous riverside market near Salaya. This market is a vibrant local community that extends a long walk into the inner. The pathway is flanked by old wooden shophouses along the riverbank. It offers many products, a number of which are produced locally or fruit obtained from plants in the area.

 

Please note, FIAF Conference delegates will be enjoying excursion at the Don Wai Floating Market on Friday, April 26, 2024.

Accommodation in Salaya

Salaya is a small town and is not widely marketed for overnight tourists. The accommodations here are mostly small hotels. We suggest booking directly with the hotel, as some may allocate only a limited number of rooms to digital travel platforms. You can check the location of these recommended accomodation here.

Apart from the below list options, you can also explore budget hotels and student dormitories that offer rooms for daily rent on the digital travel platform. 

If you encounter difficulties finding an available room, feel free to reach out to us for assistance via fiaf2024@fapot.or.th

Accommodation in Bangkok

The Thai Film Archive (Public Organization) is located in the Salaya area, in the western suburbs of Bangkok and Nakornpathom. The recommended hotels are near landmarks in Bangkok and on the western side. If you choose to stay in Bangkok, please be aware of potential traffic congestion during rush hours. You can take a taxi or any transportation platform. It costs about USD 15-20.

 

These hotels offer special deals for FIAF delegates. You can make a reservation yourself. 

If you encounter difficulties finding an available room
, feel free to reach out to us for assistance via fiaf2024@fapot.or.th

FAQ

Visas
The conditions for entry to Thailand depend on your citizenship. If you are unsure about visa requirements,
 if  we recommend checking the official website of Thailand Electronic Visa (thaievisa.go.th).

 

Currency

The official currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB) available in coins and bills. Bills range from 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht, and 1000 baht and coins include baht, 2 baht, 5 baht, and10 baht, as well as smaller denominations called satang. It is advisable to carry smaller bills for convenience. For example, if you pay with a 1000 baht banknote (around 28 euros) for 100 baht street food (around 3 euros), the seller does not have enough change for you.

Transportation from the airport
From Suvarnabhumi Airport
You can take an airport taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport at the official taxi desk on Level 1. The price is up to the meter, which is based on the distance and time traveled. However, to Salaya, it should cost around 700 - 800 Baht. Please note that an airport surcharge of 50 Baht and an additional 75 Baht for the highway. 

From Don Muang Airport
You can take an airport taxi from Don Muang Airport at the official taxi desk on the 1st floor of Terminal 1 Building, Gate 8, or on the 1st floor of the 7-storey car park building which connects to Domestic Arrivals Hall. To Salaya, it should cost around 600 - 700 Baht. Please note that an airport surcharge of 50 Baht.

Please ensure taxi meters are used.


Pre-booking airport pickup

If you want the pre-book airport pickup, there are many service providers that you can find on the website.

This service provider Guarant Service is an example.  

English-speaking receptionist waiting at meeting point, airport arrival exit hall. Holding the “FIAF 2024” placard helps you any way you want before departing the airport including currencies changing, your local SIM card for a cell phone, or even reporting to airport police for losing anything on board, etc.


The service rate is 1,280 Baht (≈US$ 37) per trip (4-seat sedan/SUV) for private transportation. This is a fixed price, no need to pay more for anything else. This rate is for 1 trip, you can share with other 2 colleagues for this trip. Also, they have 10 10-seat passenger vans for groups of 4-9 passengers with 1,880 Baht (≈US$ 57) per trip. Receipt for reimbursement is available.

 

If you want to book, you can contact them by email to guarantservice@yahoo.com with details of your :

Arrival date and time to Bangkok Airport (Thailand local time)

Flight number

Hotel

Accompanying person (if any)

at least 3 days before your arrival date, and then get a confirmation reply.


Transportation within Salaya
For transporting within Salaya, taxis, and ride-hailing platforms are very useful. Or if you want, you can try the motorcycle taxi too.

Public Transportation
Air-conditioned bus No. 515 from Victory Monument to Central Salaya passes by the Thai Film Archive, operating from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Power supply
Electricity is 220 V and 50 Hz. The plug types are C and O.

Bank cards
Major cards like Maestro, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted in larger shops and malls.
 

Currency exchange and ATMs
Bureaux de change is available at the airport. ATMs here can dispense THB, subject to banking conditions. 


Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory in Thai restaurants and bars. Some large restaurants may have a service charge.
 

Internet, wifi
Wifi is available at the Thai Film Archive.


Public hotspots are available in many places (hotels, restaurants, cafés, airports), although you might need to purchase a coffee or food (especially cafes) to get the password.

Data plans can be purchased at the airport or convenience stores.

Weather
The temperatures in Bangkok during April are extremely high, between 32°C - 40°C  (90°F -104°F).  

Tap water

Tap water is considered “safe” but not recommended for drinking. Drinking bottled or filtered water is recommended.

Programme

The complete and detailed schedule will be updated in late February.

Day 1

Sunday 21 April 2024

21 April 2024

Archival film screenings

 

Monday 22 April 2024

Symposium 
Welcome Dinner

 

Day 2

22 April 2024

Day 3

23 April 2024

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Second Century Forum
Committee Workshop

Regional Meetings
 

Day 4

24 April 2024

Day 5

Thursday 25 April 2024

25 April 2024

General Assembly

 

Friday 26 April 2024

Thai Film Archive Tour
Excursion
Farewell Dinner

 

Day 6

26 April 2024

Registration

Registration for the 2024 FIAF Congress is now open on the official FIAF website.

 

Registration fees:

Congress registration of up to 4 Member delegates: Free

Congress registration of up to 2 Associate delegates: Free

Additional delegates of FIAF affiliates: 150.00 USD

Congress registration (except GA) of external visitors: 200.00 USD

Congress registration (except GA) of delegates of FIAF Supporters (non-exhibitors): 150.00 USD
Congress registration (except GA) of international students: 50.00 USD

Congress registration (except GA) of partners of delegates: 150.00 USD

Congress registration (except GA) of selected proposal presenters: free
Congress registration (except GA) of local students: free (subject to availability)

Exhibitors

Exhibitor spaces are available on the fifth floor of the main buildings at the Thai Film Archive, where coffee breaks and lunches will be served.


Each space includes one table, two chairs, WiFi, and 220 V electricity (Thailand uses 220 V and 50 Hz frequency, with C and O type plugs).


Exhibitor stand (FIAF Supporter): 1,200.00 USD

Exhibitor stand (non-FIAF Supporter): 1,500.00 USD

Congress registration of each Exhibitor delegate (access to all Congress except GA): Included up to 2
 

Please note that the number of positions is limited.


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For any inquiries about the Congress generally and your stay in Thailand, please feel free to contact us via fiaf2024@fapot.or.th
 
For enquiries about FIAF activities during the Congress (General Assembly, Second Century Forum, FIAF workshops, Christian Dimitriu Fund, etc), please contact info@fiafnet.org.

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