Pimpaka Towira is a film director, producer and programmer who is a pioneer among female film directors in the Thai independent film scene since the early 1990s. She received international acclaim for her first feature One Night Husband which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her second feature, The Island Funeral, won Best Asian Future Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. She has also directed award-winning winning fiction, experimental and documentary short films. She has been a professional film programmer for more than 15 years. Since 2015, she has been the Programme Director for the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival. From 2017-2018, she was the Program Director for Singapore International Film Festival. She was honoured with the national Silpathorn Award in 2009 by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand. Pimpaka has led the Deep South Young Filmmaker Project I and II with young people from the provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat that are considered conflict zones.
Department of Visual Studies, Southeast Asian Seminar Series, Cinema Studies Institute, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival