If you need a concise synonym of Sithen SUM, take “a Cambodian multi-hyphenated positive change agent, with a global mind” with his core passion in movies. If you wish to learn more what “he” means, read his biography below!
Leading Kon Khmer Koun Khmer film collective (4K) since 2009, Sithen has mobilized thousands of Cambodian youth and film enthusiasts to build their foundations through production of short films, first-work showcases, intensive film workshops and trips. Since late 2017, the collective has been rebranded into Sunflower Film Organization to upgrade 4K’s activities. His main role for Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (CSFF), the (4K’s) annual flagship event founded since 2012, has been to seek funding and liaise with major local stakeholders and partners.
The latest projects of high impact he has (co)produced, include: “Pram Ang” (2014) on children and education and “Mother’s Blood” (2016) on blood donation, “Family and You” (2017) on family values. He went on to manage PuPrum Entertainment, the only Cambodian movie distribution company in the Kingdom (2016-2017). Submitted to Busan Asian Film School, one of his current feature film projects, “The Precious Pond”, has entitled him to a producer scholarship in Batch 2018.
After his graduation from South Korea, he has set up a one-stop production house called “DancingRains“, to cater to production/sales of content and film equipment like ARRI. As part of his new professional challenge, Sithen currently heads marketing at RiichMe Co., Ltd, providing innovative e-commerce platforms and digital solutions to Cambodian and regional businesspeople and organizations.
Despite his varied activities in Phnom Penh, Sithen spends most of his weekends, where he invest quality time with his small family and through JCI Angkor, a local organization looking to improving its own members and Siem Reap province.
Check out his introductory video about being a movie producer below: