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Cambodia Film Office

The Cambodia Film Office of the Kingdom of Cambodia is an office under the Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion of Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts mandated to promote and support the development of Cambodia film industry.

The Cambodia Film Office can handle everything concerning to the shooting as a first point of contact for preparing a shoot in Cambodia. Moreover, it can help you to find a coordinator who could organize all the procedures and all the research.

The History of Cambodia Cinema

Cinema in Cambodia began in the 1950s, and many films were being screened in theaters throughout the country by the 1960s, which are regarded as the “golden age”. After a decline during the Khmer Rouge regime, competition from video and television has meant that the Cambodian film industry is a small one.

As early as the 1920s, documentary films were shot in Cambodia by foreign filmmakers. By the 1930s, King Norodom Sihanouk had a desire for films and dreamed of stardom before the French chose him to be king. Even after his selection, he kept in mind the idea of acting or directing. The first Cambodian-made films were made in the 1950s by filmmakers who had studied overseas. They included Roeum Sophon, Ieu Pannakar and Sun Bun Ly. The United States Information Service held training workshops during this era and provided equipment. One film from this time was Dan Prean Lbas Prich (Footprints of the Hunter), made by off-dutCambodian military personnel using American equipment and containing footage of Cambodian hill tribes.

Sun Bun Ly’s first film was Kar Pear Prumjarei Srei Durakut (Protect Virginity). He also established the first private production company, Ponleu Neak Poan Kampuchea. His success inspired others, such as Ly Bun Yim, to try their hand.