Raymond Phathanavirangoon

Raymond Phathanavirangoon was born in Hong Kong but spent his childhood shuttling among places, among them Thailand, Switzerland, New York, Taiwan and California. A computer engineer by degree, he became interested in cinema after he was entranced by the works of Carl Theodor Dreyer and Andrei Tarkovsky. After working as a technical writer, he landed his first film-related position as English editor for the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It was here that his passion for Asian cinema grew. He programmed for the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival before joining Fortissimo Films in 2005. There, he became head of marketing and an acquisition executive for Asian films. He kept a close relationship with regional filmmakers with his involvement in the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong–Asia Film Financing Forum. His new position selecting Southeast Asian films for TIFF marks his return to programming.