Audience of the 2014 Cambodia International Film Festival (Photo: cambodia-iff.com)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodia International Film Festival will take place in Phnom Penh from December 4-10 with 130 films of 34 countries expected to be screened.

Hollywood star and director Angelina Jolie Pitt was confirmed to be the honorary president of the festival.

Festival adviser Cedric Eloy, who is head of the Cambodian Film Commission, said Jolie Pitt's role would provide moral support and help bring attention to the rebirth of the Cambodian film industry.

In the 1970s, the country's film industry was devastated by the murderous reign of the Khmer Rouge, which executed artists, writers and filmmakers as part of its efforts to eliminate the educated elite.

According to statistics, over 1.7 million people were killed during the Khmer Rouge time.-VNA