Friday, November 27, 2009

Nation’s filmmakers vie for golden prize


HCM CITY — Twenty-nine Vietnamese filmmakers have submitted entries to the 16th Viet Nam Film Festival hoping to snatch the golden prizes this year.

The December 8-12 festival will be held in HCM City for the third time in 26 years, with the first one held in the city in 1977 and the second in 1983. There are a total of 99 films in all categories including feature films, documentaries and cartoons made during 2007 and 2009.

Besides 1,000 Vietnamese film industry delegates, at least eight countries including China, South Korea, US, Finland, Japan, Russia, Laos and Cambodia will be represented with several non-competitive entries being screened during the five-day festival.

The festival will feature screenings of foreign films followed by talks by the film makers and workshops on how to get funding. The festival is an important preparation for the nation’s first international film festival to be held on September 2010 in Ha Noi.

Le Ngoc Minh, deputy head of the Cinematography Department under the culture, sports and tourism ministry, said despite having slightly less entries than previous years, the films’ general quality has improved.

There is less of a distinction between movies made be State-owned companies and private filmmakers with more cartoons and films made from new technologies than other festivals. Also the range of topics has increased, Minh said.

There will be a golden prize for each film category, plus a prize for audience and critics’ favourite.

Filmmakers will showcase their favourite works or filmmaking technologies at a cinematography fair being held during the five days, with displays showing the development of the industry of Viet Nam.

A day prior to the official opening ceremony, there will be a music programme at Hoa Binh Theatre, with performances of songs from popular Vietnamese movie soundtracks. The music programme, opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live on HCM City’s Television. — VNS

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