If you need a concise synonym of Sithen SUM, take “a Cambodian positive change agent, with a global mind“. To understand his definition, read his biography below!
Leading Kon Khmer Koun Khmer film (4K) since 2009, Sithen has mobilized thousands of Cambodian youth and film enthusiasts to build their professional foundations. These were made possible through production of short films, first-work showcases, intensive film workshops and trips. Since late 2017, he has rebranded 4K into Sunflower Film Organization (SFO) to upgrade its activities. The organization has ever since pursued its annual flagship Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (CSFF), founded since 2012. Throughout this film community work, his main roles have been to finance its operations, to maintain and to expand its industrial relations.
The latest projects of high impact he has (co)produced, include: “Pram Ang” (2014), “Mother’s Blood” (2016), “Family and You” (2017). 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“. The company specializes in production/distribution/sales of content and film equipment like ARRI. 2019 saw him as Director of CSFF to revive its community legitimacy. The same year marks his new flagship project of SFO, called “Let’s Document Cambodia“. He is now starting up a news website dedicated to start-up and technology in Cambodia, named “ByteShare“.
Despite his varied activities in Phnom Penh, Sithen spends most weekends in Siem Reap, with his small family. And through JCI Chaktomuk, he is looking to positively impact Cambodian communities.
Check out his introductory video about being a movie producer below: