“Because I am human”

director /

- based in berlin

Sarnt Utamachote © 2021


/ film-video producer, director

/ production manager - project manager

/ curator

/ founder - president of

Sarnt UTAMACHOTE (1992, Thailand, he/they) is a queer filmmaker, and curator. Having the focus on postcolonial urban studies, Cold War narratives, Southeast Asian diaspora and intersection between cinema, music and mental health, they aim to curate or archive (cinematically/intermedially) the fragments; the humane subtleties often overlooked in everyday life.

They co-founded collective “un.thai.tled” (of Thai-German diasporic critical creatives), through which they curated critical cultural exhibitions such as “Beyond the kitchen: Stories from the Thai Park” (2020) as well as film screenings “un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin” (2019-annual). With organisation Sinema Transtopia/bi’bak Berlin, they regularly curate programmes about Southeast Asian cinema and film archives across Germany. They furthermore research and collect the archive of Thai migrations and movements in Berlin/Germany. They are a part of the selected participants at Young Curators Workshop of 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 2020, and at Whole Life Academy Workshops 2021 of Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

They audiovisual works (as director/producer/editor) represent collaboration and mutual care with local queer/BIPoC communities in Berlin. Their video installation “I Am Not Your Mother” was exhibited at International Rotterdam Film Festival 2020 and nominated for “R.D. Pestonji Award” at Thai Short Film and Video Festival Bangkok 2020. Their short film “Soy Sauce” was screened in many international film festivals, including OutFest Fusion Los Angeles 2021 and Xposed Queer Film Festival Berlin 2021. They are the 2020 recipient of Xposed Short Film Fund, granted by Xposed Queer Film Festival Berlin.

photo by Kantatach Kijtikhun

“Because I am human”

I believe artists must have manifesto;
and mine is currently in the state of making

    Thai; Mothertongue
    English; Very Fluent, Academic (IELTS 7.5)
    German; Very Fluent, Academic (DSH 2, C1)

    Adobe Premiere, Adobe Lightroom,
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop
Google Drive, Slack, Trello
    Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

    Communication, Organisation, Patience
    Design, Handwork (Painting-Drawing, Sewing-Patternwork)
   Conceptual/Critical Thinking

Piano & Electric Cello

 Education Background

- Chulalongkorn University (2010-2014)
   Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture

     Topic: “Performative Jewelry-Design for queer Bodies” 

- Freie Universität Berlin (2016-2021)
     Filmwissenschaft (Cinema Studies) &
     Literaturwissenschaft (Literature Studies),
     Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities 

     Topic: “Suicide, Urban Vertical Liminality, Financial Crisis in Southeast Asian Cinema”



[Film programme with discussions and performances, Filmmaking, Podcasting workshop]
“Imagining Queer Bandung” (June-Aug 2021)
- with bi’bak and Queer Asia (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Festival programme, Digital performances and discussions]
“Non Native Native Fair” (June 2021)
- with Non Native Native, Amsterdam

[Film programme and discussion]
“Critical Conditions” (postponed)
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Film programme, Film workshop and discussions]
“un.thai.tled Film Festival & un.thai.tled Filmworkshop for young BPOCs 2020” (Sep-Oct 2020)
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Film programme and discussion]
“Restart: Sinema” (Sep 2020) - with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Exhibition, archive research and publication]
“Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park” (March-July 2020)

- with/at district museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in der Villa Oppenheim, Berlin

[Exhibition, film programme and public intervention]
Thai Film Screenings Berlin 2019 at Kino Moviemento, Berlin
Thai Evening in Berlin 2019 at Schalet, Berlin
- Kick-off events of un.thai.tled collective (June-Aug 2019)


FILMOGRAPHY (selected)

I Am Not Your Mother (Video Installation/Short Film) ; Producer, Director, DOP, Editor
︎ “Sacred Beings” programm - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020, Interface Video Festival Zagreb 2020, Nominated for “R.D. Pestonji Award” at Thai Short Film and Video Festival Bangkok 2020. 
Liberty & Death (Music video for ASLAN) ; Producer, Director, Editor
Soy Sauce (Short Film) ; Producer, Director, Editor
︎ Reelout: Queer Film Festival Ontario 2021, Papaya Rocks Film Festival London 2021, OutFest Fusion Queer Film Festival Los Angeles 2021, Changing Perspectives Film Festival Istanbul 2021, Korean Queer Film Festival Seoul 2021

Fifty Three (Music video for Alex’s Hand) ; Director, DOP, Editor
Kitchen Heroine (Video Clip/Short Film) ; Producer, DOP, Editor, Colorist / Director : Wisanu Phu-artdun (Bauhaus University)
Whiskey Store (Music Video) ; Director Assistant / Director : Klaus Salminen (Nordic Media House)
Tea Time: Ethics of Design (Promo Clip) ; Gaffer / Director : Ben Mergelsberg (Wrangelfilms)

Winter Rain (Poetry video for Alex Wolf) ; Director, Script, DOP, Editor, Color
Deep Talk (Music video for Coco Elane) ; Director, Script, Editor, Color
︎ Winner “Best Feminist Shorts” Bucharest Film Awards 2018
Kannst du mein Kangaroo sein? (Music video for Erik Leuthäuser) ; Director, Script, Editor, Color
︎ Bucharest Film Awards 2018
Rhino (Trailer for Body Movement Theater Piece by Salber Lee Williams) ; Video
Escape from the devil (Music video for Henning Richter) ; Director, Script, Editor, Color
Trash #2 Glass (Short Film) ; Producer, Director, Script, Editor, Color
SEEN (Video installation by Pierre Depaz & Salber Lee Williams) ; Video
Yesterday still lies between the floorboards (Music video for Erik Leuthäuser & Arta Jekabsone) ; Director, Script, DOP, Editor, Color
︎ ShortCuts Cinefest Bucharest 2018
Exposed ; Gaffer / Director : Leonor von Salisch (XO Berlin)
Eily Tham Portrait (Instagram Clip ConverseGenX for Converse Thailand) ; Videographer

Love ; Director Assistant, Gaffer, Editor, Color / Director : Wisanu Phu-artdun (Bauhaus University)
It doesn’t suit me (Collaboration with Nicole J. Waller) ; Director, Script, Editor, Color
︎ Canadian Fashion Film Festival 2018, Miami Fashion Film Festival 2018

SM-Les Sadiques ; Co-Script, Executive Producer, Director Assistant / Director : Alexander Bakshaev
Monster in the room ; Director, Script, Editor, DOP
Trash #1 Plastic ; Director, Script, Editor, Color, DOPFremde ; Extra / Director ; Tim Dünschede, Producer : Patrick Schorn (Friendship Films)

The Romance Lesson ; Director, Script, Editor
Clever boy, this country needs you ; Director, Script, DOP, EditorHeart of darkness ; Director, Script, Editor

Piece of me ; Script, Director Assistant / Director: Thanchanok Thamja
Piece of hat ; Script, Co-Director / Director: Thanchanok Thamja
Requiem #1 Introitus ; Director, Script, Editor

photo by Jessica Sattabongkot / by Sophie Hess