Bangkok is already preparing to host the 2020 edition of CineAsia, a 4-day convention and trade show organized by the Film Expo Group.
CineAsia is a major date on the movie industry calendar and, in 2020, will be held from the 7th until the 10th of December.
Representatives from major international movie distributors, service providers and manufacturers of technologies and products for the movie industry join together for this much anticipated annual event.
The Thai capital last hosted CineAsia in 2004 and has been selected again for the 2020 edition thanks to its top-of-the-range cinemas, prime hotels, and convention centers.
The exact location of the exposition within the city is yet to be announced.
What to Expect at the CineAsia Convention and Tradeshow
For movie professionals, CineAsia is a valuable networking opportunity and a chance to spread the word about their business, promoting growth.
Attendees at the event can expect screenings of upcoming Hollywood movies, product reel presentations, and educational seminars, as well as announcements related to their oncoming work.
Previous editions of CineAsia have included screenings of upcoming movies such as:
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Wreck-it Ralph
- The Greatest Showman
Although the movie screening schedule for this year’s event is yet to be released, it is expected to include a diverse selection of upcoming titles.
CineAsia Trade Show, exhibiting the latest products and equipment
CineAsia is home to the most innovative new products on the market. Attendees at the trade show can find out about the latest products, equipment, and technology.
The trade show floor is lined with booths assigned to exhibitors showcasing products from popcorn machines and beverages to the latest in audio and screen technology.
Trade show exhibitors for CineAsia 2020 are yet to be confirmed.
CineAsia Awards Gala, recognizing the biggest names of the year
A greatly anticipated feature of CineAsia is the awards gala which celebrates some of the most successful members of the movie industry community.
The awards gala and luncheon take place on the final day of the convention.
Some of the coveted awards presented during the CineAsia gala are:
- Distributor of the Year
- Exhibitor of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement AwardProducer of the Year
- Producer and Filmmaker of the Year
- Humanitarian Award
- Award of Excellence
- comScore’s Box Office Achievement Award
- Asia-Pacific Copyright Enforcer Award (MPA)
- Icon Award
How Much Does it Cost to Attend the CineAsia Convention
Several price packages are available with options to attend either the full convention or selected parts:
Below is an indication of pricing based on previous years:
Full registration: $895
This is the complete package and allows attendees to enjoy every part of CineAsia.
- Trade shows
- Sponsored food functions
- Screenings and product presentations
- Final day awards luncheon
Trade show and seminars only: $300
This package is suitable for those most interested in the educational and informative parts of the event.
- Trade shows
- Food functions (trade show floor only)
Final day awards luncheon: $200
Those only wishing to attend the awards gala should opt for this ticket.
- Final day awards luncheon only
Prices for the 2020 CineAsia convention may vary and will be confirmed closer to the event.
What to do in Bangkok in December
December is one of the best months to visit Thailand thanks to cooler temperatures and dry weather. Despite Christmas not being an official holiday in Thailand, the city of Bangkok takes on a festive feel during the month of December.
CineAsia attendees can make the most of their trip to Bangkok by visiting popular attractions including:
- Snow Town: a theme park with snow-based activities and skiing
- Central World shopping mall: good for Christmas shopping and also the setting for the principal New Year’s countdown
- Sansiri Winter Market: local crafts, food trucks, and vendors
- Sara Buri Sunflower: sunflowers are in bloom during December and Sara Buri, 1.5 hours by car from Bangkok, is one of the best places to see them
How to Obtain the Bangkok Visa for CineAsia 2020
Movie professionals traveling to Bangkok for CineAsia 2020 should check whether they require a visa to enter Thailand.
Citizens of 21 countries are now able to apply for the Thailand eVisa. This is the quickest and easiest way to gain access to Thailand, the application is filled out online in just a few minutes.
The eVisa is valid for entry through both Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
Once approved, the eVisa is sent to the applicant by email, to be printed at home and presented at the border. Holders of the eVisa can use a dedicated fast lane on arrival.
Applicants are encouraged to check Thai eVisa requirements to ensure they are eligible and have all the necessary documentation.
When to apply for the Bangkok eVisa for CineAsia 2020
Thai eVisa requests are processed in approximately 2 days however travelers are strongly advised to apply at least 5 days prior to travel.
The Thailand eVisa is valid for 30 days from the date it was approved. CineAsia guests should consider this when applying and ensure that their eVisa will be legitimate for the duration of their stay.