Photo Credit : Kissada Kamyoung


Sompot Chidgasornpongse (Boat) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Chulalongkorn university, and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His films explore the possibility of representing everyday life in a creative, critical, and thought-provoking way. They were shown at various international film festivals around the world, such as Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Viennale, Visions du Réel, Indielisboa, Signes de Nuit, etc. He’s also a Berlinale Talents, and Talents Tokyo alumnus. His first feature documentary, 'Railway Sleepers' had its world premiere in Documentary Competition at Busan International Film Festival, European premiere in the Forum section at Berlinale, and later at True/False, Sheffield, Melbourne IFF, RIDM, TIDF, and many other festivals worldwide.


Sompot has also been working closely with Apichatpong Weerasethakul as assistant director in many films, including 'Tropical Malady', 'Syndromes and a Century', 'Cemetery of Splendour', and most recently ’Memoria’. Sompot is now based in Bangkok and currently working on his new feature film.


2006 - 2010 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts, MFA in Film/Video)

1998 - 2002 Chulalongkorn University (Bachelor of Architecture)

1995 - 1997 Triam Udom Suksa School

1992 - 1994 Satit Patumwan Demonstration School


2016 Railway Sleepers (102 minutes)

2010 Home Video (Made in Thai Town) (21 minutes)

2009 Storytelling (5 minutes)

2008 The Act of Repeating as a Basic Life Lesson (3.45 minutes)

2008 Diseases and a Hundred Year Period (20 minutes)

2008 Yesterday (13 minutes)

2007 Physical Therapy (1 minute)

2007 Landscape 101 01 1101 01... (28 minutes)

2006 8241.46 Miles Away From Home (6 minutes)

2006 Naoko Is Trying to Teach Me How to Make 'Tonkatsu' in 1 Minute (1 minute)

2006 ABC (3 minutes)

2005 Andaman (17 minutes)

2005 Bangkok in the Evening (16 minutes)

2004 To Infinity and Beyond (11 minutes)

2003 Auad Dee (10 minutes)


2015-2018 Fever Room (2015-2018, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as assistant director / project manager

2015 Vapour (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as first assistant director

2014 Cemetery of Splendour (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as first assistant director

2005 Syndromes and a Century (2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as second assistant director

2005 Worldly Desires (2005, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as first assistant director / co-writer

2005 Ghost of Asia (2005, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Christelle Lheureux) as assistant director
2005 Rescue Dawn (2006, Werner Herzog) as crowd organizer
2005 Typhoon (2005, Kyung-Taek Kwak) as crowd organizer
2004 Holly (2005, Guy Moshe) as casting assistant
2004 3 Needles (2005, Thom Fitzgerald) as second assistant director

2003 Tropical Malady (2004, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as second assistant director

2002 The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) as second cameraman / intern


2020 New Narratives Film Festival, Taipei, Taiwan

2020 Thai Film Festival Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2018 TIDF - Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 DocYard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
2018 Hainan International Film Festival, China
2018 Northwest Film Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
2018 Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, USA
2018 First Look Festival - Museum of the Moving Image, NY, USA
2017 Luang Prabang Film Festival, Laos

2017 HumanDoc Documentary Film Festival, Poland (In Competition)

2017 RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, Canada

2017 Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (In Competition extra muros)

2017 The 14th Beijing Independent Film Festival, China
2017 Wathann Film Festival, Myanmar
2017 Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017 Alliance française de Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Black Box - Kino im Filmmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany

2017 Bertha DocHouse - ‘On the Line’ program, Sheffield, UK

2017 ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts), London, UK
2017 Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
2017 Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore
2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
2017 Salaya Documentary Film Festival, Thailand
2017 True/False Film Fest, USA
2017 Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
2017 World Film Festival of Bangkok, Thailand
2016 Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
2016 ’Weaving The Asian Democracy’, Casa Asia in Loop, South Korea
2015 Asian Arts Space Network Exhibition, South Korea

2014 Nam June Paik Art Center,  Gyeonggi–do, South Korea
2014 ‘The Mirror and Monitor of Democracy’, Asian Art Space Network, South Korea

2014 Alternative Space LOOP, ‘Censorship The 7th Move on Asia', Seoul, South Korea

2014 ANTITUBE, Canada
2012 ’TRACES’, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2011 "Hotel L. 140" Project, Paris, France

2011 'City Net Asia 2011', Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

2011 'Personal Ethnographies', Echo Park Film Center, CA, USA

2010 Visions: Realism in Asia - Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2010 Harpur Cinema, Binghamton University, NY, USA

2009 the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival– Curta Cinema, Brazil

2009 The 7th Signes de Nuit Festival, Paris, France

2009 The 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

2009 The 6th Indielisboa International Independent Film Festival, Portugal

2009 The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2008 Viennale: Vienna International Film Festival, Austria

2008 The 12th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Thailand

2008 The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Thailand

2008 Selected for Asian Film Archive (

2008 Southeast Asian Digital Cinema, Singapore

2008 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Thailand

2007 Root & Culture gallery, Chicago, USA

2007 'Confronting Paradise', The Tank, NY, USA

2007 REDCAT: selected in CalArts School of Film/Video Showcase, USA

2006 Vision du Reel Festival, Nyon, Switzerland

2006 The 7th International DARKLIGHT Festival, Ireland

2006 The 7th Busan Asian Short Film Festival, South Korea

2006 Cityzooms: Hannover, Germany

2006 Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, Portugal

2006 REC ROOM : Videotage, Hong Kong

2006 REDCAT: Bangkok Democrazy at Walt Disney Concert Hall, CA, USA

2005 The 4th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Thailand

2005 The 3rd World Film of Bangkok 2005, Thailand

2005 The 10th Busan International Film Festival, Busan, South Korea

2005 Digital Barcelona Film Festival, Spain

2005 'Re-write the City', Bangkok, Thailand

2005 The 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2004 The 8th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2003 The 7th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Bangkok, Thailand