​Vietnam’s young filmmakers live comfortably, but their films are gloomy

VietNamNet Bridge – Three outstanding short documentaries made by young Vietnamese filmmakers were screened yesterday evening (May 27) in Ha Noi, as part of the closing ceremony of the 10 Months 10 Docs project. The project was carried out by the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD), and sponsored by the United States embassy in Viet Nam. "Tonight's event honours Vietnamese talents. Making a film is like telling a story. I am glad that the young filmmakers here succeeded in telling the stories that interest many Vietnamese people. It's interesting when the world outside can also know…... [read more]

HCM CITY (VNS) — Short films with innovative content made by independent young enthusiasts who form groups to produce them remain popular."Filmmaking equipment is cheaper and we can achieve our dream of making films easier," Nguyen Trong Thuy Khanh, head of HCM City-based S&T Media, said.The films are not only screened online and at schools and universities but also shown at many festivals in Viet Nam and abroad. From making shorts revolving around school activities when the trend first started a few years ago, the young filmmakers are now turning to a range of social issues. Tan (Scattering), the latest…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)— Young filmmakers throughout the country have been invited to join a new movie project launched by the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD).Filmmakers, aged 18 to 35, have been asked to apply to participate in the 10 Months 10 Documentaries project, which will support the 10 best filmmakers to film their documentaries. Topics can include social issues such as sexual equality, LGBT, women's rights, the environment or traffic.The 30 best movie ideas will be chosen, as the candidates move ahead into further rounds. All candidates will have the opportunity to attend short courses to…... [read more]

Among108 documentaries and 17 short films, the organiser selected 10nominees for each category. These entries, between 12 and 20 minuteslong, will be screened this weekend at the Cong Nhan (Workers) Cinema."The entries express filmmakers' angles on different issues in everyday life," director Bui Thac Chuyen said. "Besidefamiliar subjects like family and school, this year the filmmakersapproached harder topics such as child marriage, domestic violence andgender equality.""As the motto of the award is ‘I see, I feel, Ishare,' we expect the audience to see the filmmakers' lives throughtheir eyes," Chuyen said.Chuyen and some other including Frenchfilmmaker Julie Beziau, director Nguyen Hoang…... [read more]

In Hanoi, showings will take place at TPD (The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents) while, in Ho Chi Minh City, films will be shown at Hoa Sen University.Shakespeare Lives in Films is part of the global Shakespeare Lives programme launched by the British Council to celebrate 400 years since the death of the Bard of Avon. Vietnamese audiences will be delighted by the timeless values in Shakespeare works through a fine collection of movies which include Romeo and Juliet (1968), Much Ado about Nothing (1993) and Richard III (1995). The 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet was…... [read more]

A young man in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau was questioned by police after live streaming a new movie on Facebook from the cinema.The 19-year old man was taken to the local police. The young man who was detected live streaming the film "The Tailor" (photo taken from the internet) The Vietnamese film The Tailor (Co Ba Sai Gon) directed by Tran Buu Loc and Kay Nguyen was first screen on November 10. However, just three days later the entire film was available to tens of thousands of viewers.The film producer, actress Ngo Thanh Van commented on the…... [read more]

Young creative filmmakers are invited to send their productions to compete at the online short film festival YxineFF that was kicked off recently in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City.The entries, which can be movie, documentary, animation or any other cinematography type, will be presented in three categories. The categories include "Competition" for new films, no longer than 15 minutes; "Panorama" for films made over the past three years, no longer than 30 minutes; and "In Focus" for the selected films. All the entries should be sent to the contest's organisation board by August 28, 2011. The movies then…... [read more]

This year's Universal Postal Union (UPU) champion Ho Thi Hieu Hien has won big again. Her short film won first prize at the national film competition for students.The contest was held by local authorities and the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam. The competition asked student's to make films about family issues. Hien's three-minute film, Buoi Hoc Cua Thuy (The Class of Thuy), centres around Thuy. The main character is a high school student who never has enough time to study because her parents frequently ask her to run errands, while her younger brother teases her for having fun.Hien said that the…... [read more]

The contest, called Hanh Trinh Cua Lua (Journey of Fire), will feature stories related to young people and their hopes and dreams.Contestants will compete in different categories, such as short films (15 minutes or less), short documentary films or videos (eight minutes or less), and trailers (one minute or less). Theo VNA... [read more]

After the success of the first German Film Festival last year, the Goethe Institute will bring another month of films to Vietnam. “Goethe!” depicts the life and love of the great German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when he was young A selection of the latest and most successful films from Germany will be shown in Hanoi, Haiphong, Hue, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, from September 16 to October 17.This year’s German Film Festival will offer a selection of highlights from renowned directors and surprise successes by young filmmakers.The opening film, Almanya – Welcome to Germany, marked…... [read more]