East Winds Film Festival is delighted to announce the first special invited guest to this year’s event!

We have the honour of welcoming to Coventry the director of the record breaking ‘Pee Mak’ – the multi-award winning Banjong Pisanthanakun will be making a very special appearance.

An acclaimed director and scriptwriter, Pisanthanakun has been responsible for some of the breakout films from the horror genre of Thai cinema, including‘Shutter’ (2004) and ‘Phobia’ (2008).

Director Pisanthanakun will be present to introduce his film ‘Pee Mak’ and take part in an exclusive audience Q & A at East Winds Film Festival 2013.


Banjong Pisanthanakun graduated in Film from Chulalongkorn University in the year 1999.  His first short film ‘Plae Kao’ was a Finalist Best Picture & Best Screenplay for Click Radio comedy short film competition in Bangkok, 2000.

He later wrote and directed ‘Colorblind’, a short film that has been screened at many international festivals. He had worked as a film critic for Starpics Magazine (a popular film entertainment magazine in Thailand) and his first feature film ‘Shutter’ became Thailand’s highest grossing box office hit in 2004. ‘Shutter’ was embraced by both critics and audiences worldwide, and the film was remade in Hollywood in 2008.

His other films includes ‘Alone’ (2007)‘4BIA (Phobia)’ in 2008 and ‘Phobia 2’ (2009), and his last ‘Hello Stranger’ is the highest B.O Thai film in 2010 in Thailand. ‘Hello Stranger’ also has had hugely successful releases in Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia. His latest film ‘Pee Mak’ has surpassed all expectations to become the largest B.O of all time in Thailand.

He is now also working as a DJ for a special program on Saturday for 89.00 Chill FM for a 2=hour program talking about movies. Additionally, Banjong also does voice talent for many TV commercial and direct several commercial TV advertisements as well.


Short film
  • 2000   Plaw Kao, 8 minutes
  • 2002   Colorblind, 13 minutes
Feature films
  • 2004    Shutter
  • 2007    Alone
  • 2008    4bia (episode In the Middle)
  • 2009    Phobia 2 (episode In the End)
  • 2010    Hello Stranger
  • 2012    ABCs of Death (Short film)
  • 2013    Pee Mak

Recognition and Awards

Short Film – ‘Colorblind’
  • 6th Thai short film & video festival 2002
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Special Mention Award

International Short Film Festival (French/Asian) 2002  (Held by Alliance Francaise, screening In Bangkok , Shanghai and Paris)

Asian Film Symposium, Singapore

10th Raindance film festival 2002, England

“Asiexpo” 8th Asian Film & Culture Festival 2002, France

  • 2nd prize for jury award best short film
  • 2nd prize for audience award

6th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2002, Canada

THE Fourth USM International Film Festival 2002, Malaysia

21st  San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2003, USA

4th Edition Asian Film Festival, Spain

Thai Takes: Contemporary Thai Film, New York

Busan Asian Short Film Festival 2003, Korea

1st  Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia

“L’Isola del Cinema” , Rome’s 9th International Cinema Festival (Isola Tiberina),Italy

3rd Georgetown Independent Film Festival 2003, USA

Jakarta International Film Festival 2003, Indonesia


FantAsia International Film Festival, Canada (2005)

  • Best Asian Film


  • Silver Medal For Best Feature
  • Special Jury Prize For Best Director
  • Special Jury Prize For Best Actress

Toronto After Dark 2007

  • Audience Award for Best Feature Film (Gold)

Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2007 (USA)

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing

Fantasia International Film Festival 2008 (Canada)

  • Public’s Prizes
  • Best Asian Film: Bronze

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2008 (Canada)

  • Audience Awards: Best Feature Film: Bronze

Hello Stranger at Osaka IFF 2011 

  • The Most Promising Talent
  • The Most Entertaining Film