Davy Chou: biography

Davy Chou is a French Cambodian filmmaker. He is the grandson of Van Chann, one of the greatest producers in Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2007 he directed his first short film, Davy Chou’s first film.

His second short film Expired, shot during his first trip to Cambodia in 2008, was selected at Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival  2008.

In 2009, Davy Chou created in Phnom Penh a filmmaking workshop with 4 schools and 60 students. The result was a 50-minute collective film named Twin Diamonds that was screened in Cambodia.

In October 2009, Davy Chou curated “Golden Reawakening”, a film festival and exhibition about the golden age of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s and the 1970s.

He is the founder of Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, a group of young Cambodians students and artists.

The documentary film Golden Slumbers (Le sommeil d’or) is his first feature length film. It was screened or in competition in many festivals including:

  • Busan International Film Festival 2011
  • Cambodia International Film Festival 2011
  • Cinemanila International Film festival 2011 (Philippines): best South-East Asian Film
  • Asian Connection 2011 (Lyon, France): Grand prix du public
  • Entrevues, Festival International du Film de Belfort 2011 (France): Prix One+One
  • Forum of Berlin International Film Festival 2012
  • San Francisco International Film Festival 2012
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012
  • Sydney Film Festival 2012
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2012
  • Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival 2012 (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
  • Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains 2012 (Geneva)
  • Salaya Documentary Film Festival 2012
  • Festival International du Film de Fribourg 2012
  • Festival International du Film de la Rochelle 2012
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012
  • New York Asian Film Festival 2012
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2012
  • Perth Revelation Film Festival 2012
  • Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2012
  • Busan International Film Festival 2011
  • Cinemanila International Film Festival 2011 (Philippines): Prix du Meilleur Film de la compétition Asie du Sud Est
  • Asian Connection de Lyon 2011: Grand prix du public
  • Cambodia International Film Festival 2011
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2012
  • Milano Film Festival 2012
  • Oz Asia Festival (Adelaide) 2012
  • Festival des Films du Monde Montréal 2012
  • Traffic Film Festival (Brazil) 2012
  • New Zealand International Film Festival (Welington and Auckland) 2012
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
  • Festival Paris Cinéma 2012
  • Tokyo International Film Festival 2012
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2012
  • Singapore Southeast Asian Film Festival 2013
  • Le Festival du Film sur l’Art, Montréal, 2013
  • Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Video Film Festival, 2013
  • SEA Arts Fest 2013, London

Golden Slumbers was released in French theatres on September 2012 and on DVD on April 2013 in France.

In 2014, his short film Cambodia 2099 premieres at Cannes International Film Festival at the Directors’ Fortnight.

He is currently working on a feature film entitled DIAMOND ISLAND.




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4 Responses to Davy Chou: biography

  1. chan nga says:

    I wonder have you been publicly show the khmer movies you have made so far in the you tube or any other web site? Also , if there a volunteering person want to act in one of your film what the qualification for to be an actor and actress? And where the most movie making take place? In Cambodia or USA and Europe? Please be advised ..
    Your reply is appreciated…

  2. davy chou says:

    I just have made this documentary film in Cambodia, and it’s not finished yet: the film is still in postproduction.
    So it’s not yet available on the Internet.
    For the future, I guess I’ll make some films in France and Cambodia, let’s see…
    Thanks for your coment,

  3. sovannarith says:

    I has been read and watch your presentation on youtube from VOA radio about your plan want to make Khmer film . I think you will become the same your grandma …………………..

  4. davy chou says:

    Thank you Sovannarith!

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