|Carrying on: A scene in Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh, based on the Korean drama Miss Granny. Remade films can be featured at the 20th Việt Nam Film Festival, but cannot win its major awards. — Photo aphim.co|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The 20th Việt Nam Film Festival is set to become a favourite rendezvous for cinema lovers as the best entries will be presented for free, organisers said yesterday.
The biennial event will take place in the central city of Đà Nẵng on November 24-28, said Ngô Phương Lan, head of the culture ministry’s Cinema Department.
The festival will feature the best Vietnamese best films and filmmakers and introduce the country’s culture and tradition to the world. This year, the theme of the festival is “Building a Modern and Humane Cinema Industry”.
The festival will be a great opportunity for filmmakers, distributors and producers to exchange and promote Vietnamese cinema, Lan said.
The five-day event will include free outdoor screenings of films, seminars introducing the ASEAN film industry and an exhibition on Vietnamese cinema.
The highlight of the event this year is the ASEAN Film Award, introduced for the first time by Việt Nam. It aims to introduce the best movies in the region to the world and affirms the role of the cinema industry in strengthening friendship among the ASEAN community.
Various films will be screened in Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and HCM City.The Việt Nam Film Festival, founded in 1970, is considered as the major event of the national cinema department with awards for numerous categories including feature films, documentary films, scientific films and animations.
The most prestigious prize of the festival is the Golden Lotus, followed by the Silver Lotus and the Special Jury Prize.
Films remade from foreign works (based on foreign films’ scripts) can be sent to the festival but won’t have a chance win the top awards, Lan said. — VNS