|The first Asean Film Award was presented to Singapore's Yellow Bird at the 20th Việt Nam National Film Festival. Photo variety.com|
HÀ NỘI — The 21st Việt Nam National Film Festival will be held in the southern province of Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu in November.
During the five-day festival audiences will have the chance to watch new films for free at cinemas in the province and meet famous film directors and actors.
Over 100 films in the categories of motion picture, documentary and science and cartoons will vie for the Golden Lotus awards at the festival.
The festival will include a wide range of activities including talk shows, workshops and film screenings. Workshops will be held with participation of film producers to discuss improving the quality of Vietnamese films in the international arena.
Film weeks will be held at the same time in Hà Nội and HCM City.
With the slogan "Building a national, human, creative and integrated Vietnamese film industry", the festival will promote films about national identity.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be aired live by Việt Nam National Television and Bà Rịa — Vũng Tàu Radio and Television Station.
At the closing ceremony on November 27, the organising board will hand out the Golden Lotus and Silver Lotus awards for the best films and artists.
The 21st festival is expected to gather about 1,600 guests from the film industry.
The Việt Nam National Film Festival was first launched in 1980 in Hà Nội. It has been held every three years since then in different localities.
The 20th film festival was held in Đà Nẵng with the participation of 77 films. Director Lê Thanh Sơn's Em Chưa 18 (Jailbait) won the Golden Lotus for best film. Director Vũ Ngọc Đãng won the Golden Lotus for best director whilst Quý Bình and Katie Nguyễn were the best leading actor and actress.
At the 20th film festival, the first Asean Film Award was given to Singapore's Yellow Bird. Indonesian Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo won the best director and the best leading actor and the best leading actress went to Singapore's Sivakumar Palakrishnan and the Philippines' Mary Joy Apostol. — VNS