At a press conference Thursday, the Thai Tourism Authority announced plans for the upcoming Bangkok Film Festival.  Organizers said that unlike last year, the 2007 festival would place more of an emphasis on Asian cinema and make the event more palatable to a Thai audience.  Because of the September coup, rumors persisted in previous months that the festival would be cancelled due to budget constraints.    This year’s event, which runs from July 19 to 29, will operate on a budget of 60 million baht (US$1.5 million) vs. last year's $4.7 million.
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