DMC Student Wins Award at Science Film Festival in Bangkok
January 24, 2011
Chum Sophea, student at the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (where I teach), won the Third Prize at SEADocs, a science film festival in Bangkok. His short film "My River, My Fish, My Life" deals with the pollution of the Mekong and its impact on local fishermen.After a one-week workshop in Phnom Penh, Tha Piseth, Tith Chandara and Chum Sophea, all media students from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, were selected as national winners to compete in Thailand, where Sophea bagged the award and a cash prize. All three of them were invited to join an international documentary workshop in Thailand. The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award (SEADocs) is a competition to encourage the art of documentary film making on environmental issue in the region. Funded by Unesco, the Gesellschaft fuer technische Zusammenarbeit and the Goethe Institute in Thailand, the competition focused on issues of climate change and biodiversity this year. The award is open to students aged between 18 and 25 from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Winner Chum Sophea is currently working on his thesis project for his BA in Media Managment.