“Because I am human”

director /

- based in berlin

Sarnt Utamachote © 2020


/ 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”; what rendered the “humans” behind invisible, by highlighting/curating the fragments; the humane subtleties often overlooked in everyday life - possible sources of social dignity and subject positions.

He studied Industrial Design (BA) at Chulalongkorn University, and Cinema Studies and Literature Studies (BA) at the Freie Universität of Berlin. He co-founded collective “un.thai.tled” (of Thai-German diasporic critical creatives), through which he curates critical cultural exhibitions such as “Beyond the kitchen: Stories from the Thai Park” (2020) as well as filmscreenings “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 spaces and micro-histories 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, organized by Pip Day.

His film-related profession (as film producer/director/ editor) furthermore utilizes cinema as a means for social engagement and an exercise of creative freedom, beyond social conditional realities. His video installation “I Am Not Your Mother” was commissioned and exhibited at International Rotterdam Film Festival 2020 and nominated for “R.D. Pestonji Award” for best short fillm at Thai Short Film and Video Festival Bangkok 2020. He is the 2020 recipient of Queer Short Film Fund, granted by Xposed International 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 



un.thai.tled Film Festival & un.thai.tled Filmworkshop for young BPOCs 2020 (Sep-Oct 2020)
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia)
supported by Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken aus Mitteln der LEZ und SDG, Berilner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, Purin Pictures and Goethe-Institut Thailand (September-October 2020)

Exhibition/Publication “Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park” (March-July 2020)

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

supported by Senatsverwaltung für Europa, Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Abteilung Bildung, Schule, Kultur und Sport and Goethe-Institut Thailand

Thai Film Screenings Berlin 2019 at Moviemento
Thai Evening in Berlin 2019 at Schalet
Kick-off events of un.thai.tled collective (Aug 2019)

supported by UCity Thailand, Thai Airways, Singha Beer, ExBerliner, I-Heart-Berlin



I Am Not Your Mother (Video Installation) ; 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. 
Liberaty & Death (Music video for ASLAN) ; Producer, Director, Editor

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