YxineFF co-founder wins Young Creative Entrepreneurs Award

Kieu Giang

Phan Gia Nhat Linh, winner of the British Council Vietnam's Young Creative Entrepreneurs Award 2013, at a ceremony on Wednesday in District 1 - Photo: Kieu Giang

Phan Gia Nhat Linh, winner of the British Council Vietnam's Young Creative Entrepreneurs Award 2013, at a ceremony on Wednesday in District 1 - Photo: Kieu Giang

As part of his prize Linh will make a dream trip to London to participate in a week-long U.K. Tour including two days at the London Cross Media Forum 2013 which brings together a cross section of leading international creators, thinkers and practitioners from the fields of film, TV, interactive, online, mobile, gaming, publishing and live events.

In addition, there will be a specially-curated program of networking events and master class sessions introducing the YCE winners to U.K. peers and media experts. The winner will have a chance to engage with the U.K. market and lay the groundwork for future creative business collaboration.

Linh, who graduated from
HCMC’s University of Architecture, was formerly the managing editor for Vietnam’s Movies & Theatres Monthly Special Issues Magazine and administrators for Vietnam’s two biggest movie forums – Moviesboom & Yxine. In 2006, he became the first Vietnamese to receive a Ford Foundation fellowship in Film Production when he accepted a place in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

In 2010, Linh and two of his friends founded YxineFF which has developed into a hub and platform for new and innovative film-makers to develop through screenings, seminars and workshops about film-making. The festival has become an important initiative making a difference in the film community.

The YCE first runner-up was Tran Hoang Hai, also from HCMC. Hai is the founder and production team leader of LumiGrade Media Vietnam.

The event had the participation of Lord David Puttnam, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Trade Envoy for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia who is a legend in the movie industry with 10 Oscars and 25 BAFTAs.

“Our winner and runners up clearly demonstrate their creativity, flair and originality. We aim to harness their ability and their inspiring stories to further influence young people to follow in their footsteps. From what we have found, from a creative sense at the very least, the future for Vietnam is very bright indeed,” said Chris Brown, director of the British Council, said at the event.

This is the fourth time British Council Vietnam has run the International Young Creative Entrepreneur award organized by the British Council globally. The organization of the Award this year follows British Council’s success with a Fashion Award in 2007, a Screen Award in 2010 and Design Entrepreneurs Award in 2011/2012. This year, British Council and Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism are promoting the International Young Screen and Multimedia Entrepreneur Award to celebrate the achievement of young creative entrepreneurs working in the screen and multimedia sector.

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