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New project targets young filmmakers

Update: February, 24/2014 - 09:03

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 equip them with knowledge about modern social matters, as well as skills needed to present a documentary film making project.

A judges board consisting of famed movie directors Bui Thac Chuyen, Phan Huyen Thu, Pham Thi Hao, cameraman Ly Thai Dung, French film editor Julie Beziau and sound expert Arnaud Soulier, will select the 20 best entries to compete at the final round.

The ten best entries, which will receive financial support, will be announced on April 13. These 10 finalists will be offered the chance to attend courses on filming techniques and using digital equipment.

After completing the filming process, all the documentaries will be presented to the public.

Speaking at the project's launching ceremony in Ha Noi on Friday, director Chuyen, whose movies have won significant national and international awards, said: "I hope the young filmmakers will showcase their youth and enthusiasm through their fresh ideas about their movies and will have the chance to turn those ideas into worth-to-see movies."

The project, which will conclude in October, has received the financial support of the US Embassy in Viet Nam.

Terry White, a representative from the US Embassy, said the project will offer young filmmakers more than the chance to make films.

"By joining the project, the young filmmakers will also have the opportunity to practice and improve life skills, such as becoming more independent, increasing their confidence, communication skills, the ability to work independently, as well as working in a team," he said.

To join the project, candidates are required to send a brief describing the content of their documentary, samples of their movies, along with their CV to or by post to the TPD office, Level 4, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ha Noi, before March 1. — VNS

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