From 1990 to 1994, hundreds of local Cambodian movies were released within each year. The most amount of films released at the time were all filmed in 1993, during the time of the UNTAC.However it all ended in 1994 due to the governments demand over Cambodian movies being incomparable to foreign films. Thus, most Cambodian production turned to karaoke in 1995 and by 1996, HD quality cameras were widely available in Cambodia unlike the early 90s.Since the early 1990s, the local industry has started a slow comeback.
One sign of progress is the career of French-trained director Rithy Panh, who escaped Cambodia after seeing his family die under the Khmer Rouge regime. His films focus on the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge, and include the docudrama, Rice People (1994), which was in competition at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was submitted to the 67th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, the first time a Cambodian film had been submitted for an Oscar.
His other films include the 2000 documentary, The Land of the Wandering Souls, chronicling the hardships of workers digging a cross-country trench for Cambodia’s first fiber-optic cable; the critically acclaimed 2003 documentary S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, about the Tuol Sleng prison; and the 2005 drama, The Burnt Theatre, about a theatre troupe that inhabits the burned-out remains of Phnom Pehn’s Suramet National Theatre, which caught fire in 1994 but has never been rebuilt.
Panh has many other projects planned, the chief of which has been developing Bophana, the Audio Visual Center – Cambodia, with an aim towards preserving the country’s film, photographic and audio history.
In 2001 Fai Sam Ang directed Kon pous keng kang (The Snake King’s Child), a remake of a classic 1960s Cambodian film. Though it was a Thai co-production, starring Thai leading man Winai Kraibutr, it was recognized as the first Cambodian film to be released since before the Khmer Rouge era. At the time, Phnom Penh did not yet have any viable commercial cinemas, so the film was screened at the French Cultural Center in Phnom Penh and in outdoor screenings, as well as in a wide commercial release in Thailand cinemas.
The 2003 Phnom Penh riots, prompted by a newspaper article that falsely quoted Thai actress Suvanant Kongying saying that Cambodia had stolen Angkor, resulted in a ban on all Thai films and television programs. To fill the large gap in programming, a resurgence in Cambodian film and TV production began in earnest.
A national film festival was held in November 2005. Many of the films shown were locally made low-budget horror films, such as Lady Vampire, which depicts the krasue, a ghostly flying female head with internal organs dangling beneath it and Ghost Banana Tree which were the hit horror films since the new growing up of khmer film industry. The best movie trophy went to The Crocodile, a tale of the heroism of a man who killed the beast responsible for the deaths of several people in his village. It starred Cambodian pop singer Preap Sovath and veteran actress Dy Saveth as well as The Second prize was received by a legendary Khmer Drama Fantasy film, Moranak Meada and an inspiring true life drama Gratefulness received the third prize in the celebration. The award winning film mostly the big hit.
Several films companies and productions, rewake with starting their job of film producing. The Lead Film Campanys eventually reminds of Angkorwat production after The hit Thriller film, The Weird Villa, also FCI production with their work on Pra Kow Pra Koe and Lady Vampire or Golden Temple Entertainment of Their most successful, Romance Horror, Min Maya and The Snake King’s Grandchild which both directed by Khmer famous director, Fai Sam Ang.
Other recent films include Tum Teav16th and 18th century Cambodian folktale A Mother’s Heart, by Pan Phuong Bopha, one of the few working female writer-directors in Cambodia.
Khmer Mekong Films, a production company started by Matthew Robinson, a former executive producer of the UK’s top-rated drama EastEnders, and former head of drama for BBC Wales, aims to raise the standards both editorially and technically of the Cambodian film industry. The company released its first full-length feature Staying Single When in March 2007 in Cambodian cinemas. The romantic comedy about a young man trying to find a wife in Cambodia.
Camerado SE Asia , one of the more consistently innovative media companies in Cambodia, began operations in 2005. In 2007, Camerado launched Cambodia’s first independent film festival, CamboFest, and in the same year launched CamboTube, a “Youtube-style” video sharing community dedicated to Cambodian and regional issues. Titles by Camerado include: Bookwars (2000), Crisis  (2005), the Cardamom Mountains biodiversity documentary, Have Forest Have Life  (2006), the multicultural road movie, Lost in New Mexico (2007)  , the Vietnam War-era Freedom Deal , Cambodia’s first homegrown Rockumentary,Vuth Learns to Rock  (2008), and many other short form fiction, documentaries and PSAs. Although a private sector entity, Camerado insists on training and hiring Khmer staff for key positions even without an agency or donor mandate to do so.
Camerado, and in particular it’s director, filmmaker and producer Jason Rosette  , who voluntarily drafted an intellectual property guide  for media content orphaned during the Khmer Rouge regime, has been seen to distance itself from the efforts of other foreign-owned media centres who have at time used heavy handed tactics to maintain corrupt local practices in the industry.
Even with growing interest in film making, increased access to equipment and training programs, the film industry still faces challenges, including widespread availability of counterfeit DVDs and lax enforcement of copyright and intellectual property laws, which discourages investment in films.
The creation of the Cambodia Film Commission in 2009 by the ministry of Culture and Fine Arts offers new possibilities for filmmakers to explore Cambodia’s numerous astonishing locations. The large scale productions that have been set in Cambodia (City of Ghosts, Two Brothers, Tomb Raider, the Seawall) proves the Kingdom’s capacity to host international productions.