Born in Thailand in 1976, Anocha Suwichakornpong, also known as “Mai”, spent the nineties living in England where she received her BA and MA. In 2006, she graduated from an MFA film programme at Columbia University, New York, where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. That same year, Anocha attended the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her feature-length script, “The White Room”, was among the fifteen scripts chosen to participate in their Script Clinic. In 2010, it also received PanStar Cruise Award at Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) at Pusan International Film Festival.


Anocha’s thesis, “Graceland” became the first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation). She also directed “Lunch”, as part of “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner” trilogy, a feature co-directed by Asian female directors (China, Thailand, and Singapore), scheduled for release in 2011. Anocha’s first feature "Mundane History" (Jao Nok Krajok) received the Hubert Bals Fund from International Film Festival Rotterdam and post-production support from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF). The film won the 6 awards from international film festivals including the Tiger Award at Rotterdam 2010, as well as first prize from Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) and Grand Prix from Era New Horizons International Film Festival (Poland).


A few years ago, Anocha and her friend, Soros Sukhum, established Electric Eel Films, a production house based in Bangkok. She has produced numerous short films and is currently producing Lee Chatametikool’s first feature “Concrete Clouds”. Her next film, “By the Time It Gets Dark”, which received the Prince Claus Fund from CineMart (Rotterdam) and financial support from Ministry of Culture (Thailand), is scheduled to go into production in late 2011/early 2012.


Selected Filmography



2010 Lunch (HD, 30 min) - currently in post-production


2009 Mundane History (35mm, 82 min) Premiered at Pusan International Film Festival (New Currents Award Competition)

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Tiger Awards Competition)

World Film Festival of Bangkok (Opening Film)


2007 JAI (DV, 15 min) Premiered at 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam

13th Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards -- Awarded Grand Prize

54th Internationale kurzfilmatage Oberhousen -- Awarded Spacial Mention


2006 Graceland (35mm, 17 min) Premiered at 59th Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation) and screened at over thirty film festivals



Sundance Film Festival 2007

Telluride Film Festival

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films

Tampere Film Festival - Awarded Diploma of Merit

Busan Asian Short Film Festival - Awarded Best Film

Thai Short Film & Video Festival

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

Jakata International Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

Brisbane International Film Festival

Fukuoka International Film Festival

Prague Short Film Festival

Encounters Short Film Festival (UK)

International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand