“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, photographer and curator. He is interested in deconstructing the “surfaces”. Having the focus on postcolonial urban studies, cold war narratives, Southeast Asian diaspora and cinema, music and mental health, he aims to curate or archive (cinematically/intermedially) the fragments; the humane subtleties often overlooked in everyday life.

He co-founded collective “un.thai.tled” (of Thai-German diasporic critical creatives), through which he 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). He researches and collects the archive of Thai migrations and movements in Berlin/Germany, in attempt to redefine how migrant informal spaces are relevant to the postcolonial urban discourses. He is part of the selected participants at Young Curators Workshop for 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 2020.

His audiovisual works (as director/producer/editor) represent creative collaboration and mutual care, by being involved with local queer/BIPoC communities in Berlin. His 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. He is 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

artists must realize the privileged position we are in;
to be able to present or twist the reality as we see fit,
thus artists must be true to the subject matter and bring one’s own artistic self down, to serve the subject matter

artists must rather ask “why must this work be made”
rather than “why should I be the one who makes it”
artist should not fixate on “what it was” or “it is”
and rather “what it can be, could be”
or best of all “what does “it” - the subject - want to be”

    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,

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



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

[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)

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

[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

[Exhibition, film programme and public intervention]
Thai Film Screenings Berlin 2019 at Moviemento
Thai Evening in Berlin 2019 at Schalet
- Kick-off events of un.thai.tled collective (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, Zegreb 2020, Nominated for “R.D. Pestonji Award” for best Thai short film 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.

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