Film festival – A way to promote cinematography

fItalian actress Valeria Solarino will attend the 2015 Italian film festival "Moviemov" in Vietnam

(VOVworld) – The Italian Embassy in Hanoi and the Cinematography Department held a seminar in Hanoi on Wednesday to share experience in developing cinematography by film festivals in Europe and Southeast Asia. Agreeing with seminar participants that film festivals will encourage high-quality film productions, Ngo Phuong Lan, head of the Cinematography Department, said film festivals play a key role in promoting and opening a new way of development for Vietnamese cinematography. Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Cecilia Piccioni said the Italian government has developed a comprehensive strategy to promote Italian films abroad, especially in ASEAN countries. She expected that there will be more film screening exchanges between Vietnam and Italy. … [Read more...]

Film festivals – tool to develop Vietnam’s cinema

Vietnam’s Cinematography Department and the Italian Embassy in the country jointly held a workshop in Hanoi on July 22 to share experience in using film festivals to develop the film industry and promote cinematic achievements. Delegates to the event agreed that developing cinematography capacity through film festivals is an essential initiative in not only Vietnam and Italy, but also in Southeast Asia and Europe. They said holding festivals encourages film-makers to provide quality products that meet the increasing demands of audiences. Director of the Cinematography Department Ngo Phuong Lan gave an overview of Vietnam’s cinematography. The country held the first Vietnamese Film Festival in 1970, but similar events were not organised regularly for the following three and a half decades until 2007, when it has been biennially organised. In addition, the country has held three International Film Festivals in Hanoi with more films screened each year. The third … [Read more...]

Revolutionary films to be screened nationwide

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A scene of the film "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Photo: cinet.gov.vn) A film month screening works on war and revolutionary topics will be arranged nationwide from April 20, as part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification (April 30, 1975- 2015). Organised by the Cinematography Department in collaboration with film studios and localities’ Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the event is also to mark the 125th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh. Screened films during the month will include feature films: "Duong xuyen rung" (Roads through the forest), "Nhung dua con cua lang" (the children of the village); "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Thau Chin in Thailand); "Nhin ra bien ca" (Looking to the sea); "Tieng khen" (the sound of flute); and the documentary film "Dinh cao chien thang" (the peak of victory). According to Ngo Phuong Lan, Head of the Department, audiences throughout the country will enjoy cinematographic … [Read more...]

Establishing the Council to honour an award of literature and arts 2011-2015

(Cinet)- Recently, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism promulgated Decision No.750/QĐ-BVHTTDL on March 17, 2015 about establishing the Council to honour some awards of literature and arts themed "Studying and following moral example of Ho Chi Minh" in 2011-2015 periods. Accordingly, the Council comprises as follows: 1. Vuong Duy Bien-Deputy Minister of the MOCST as a chairman of the Council; 2. Phung Huy Can, head of Department of Emulation and Awards as vice-head of the Council 3. Nguyen Dang Chuong, head of Performing Arts Department as member of the Council; 4.Ngo Phuong Lan, head of Cinema Department as member of the Council; 5. Vi Kien Thanh, head of Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition as member of the Council. The Council complies with regulation to ensure object, quantity and quality as regulated in Resolution No.06-QC/BTGTW on January 26, 2015 of the Direction Board of Awards and use signal of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to fulfill the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/2

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Old Quarter exhibit recalls Hanoi's rich past An exhibition is highlighting daily life of the past in Hanoi's Old Quarter. More than 100 photographs and artefacts will be on show from February 2-15, giving an insight into life in the 36 streets of the Old Quarter during the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Highlights include an exploration of the area's unique architecture and traditional two-wheeled carriages that once plied the narrow streets. Historian Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition would help visitors better understand the significance of the Old Quarter in Hanoi's history. The precinct is undergoing major redevelopment, succumbing to expansion pressures of modern Hanoi. Chef club debuts in central city The city's tourism association has debuted its Chef Club with the participation of 250 head cooks from hotels and resorts in the city. The club will host regular competitions and cuisine festivals for chefs to show off their skills and promote local food. School … [Read more...]

Seminar highlights culture’s role in promoting tourism

A seminar on the role of culture in developing tourism was organised in central Phu Yen province on February 4-5, during which participating researchers agreed that culture is a product to develop tourism and tourism, in turn, is a motivation to preserve culture. They urged localities to intensify the conservation of traditional festivals and relic sites in order to attract more tourists. They also pointed out that biological degradation, urbanisation and industrialisation are leading to a decrease in cultural diversity. Associate Professor-Doctor Ngo Phuong Lan from the Institute of Literature suggested improving the management capacity of personnel working in the tourism sector, while researcher Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham of the Institute of Cultural Studies emphasised the need for the tourism and culture sectors to coordinate in diversifying tourist products. The two day seminar was co-organised by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education, … [Read more...]

Film on late President’s activities in Thailand to be screened

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A scenery in the film (Photo: cinet.gov.vn) The screening of "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Thau Chin in Thailand) depicting the time late President Ho Chi Minh spent in Thailand will kick off a film week celebrating the 85 th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The 100-minute film, shot by the Vietnam Cinema Association, features revolutionary activities undertaken the late President, who was at the time known under the name Nguyen Ai Quoc, in Thailand during 1928-1929. The film week, which will run from January 30 to February 15 nationwide by the Cinematography Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, contributes to further popularising the nation’s history, culture as well as national sovereign and territorial integrity, said Ngo Phuong Lan, head of the Department. On this occasion, "Nguoi Tinh Nguyen" (The Volunteers) will be also screened, exclusively for ethnic minority people in far-flung areas and islands. The opening ceremonies will … [Read more...]

Film “Blind knight” awarded the most beloved prize

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PANO – The film "Blind knight" was granted with the prize for the most beloved film, voted by the audiences through Nam Viet Company’s switchboard, at a ceremony held on December 8th in Hanoi. "Blind knight" was among 40 films screened during the freshly-ended Hanoi International Film Festival that attracted a large number of audiences. … [Read more...]

Russian movie triumphs at Hanoi int’l film fest

Top prize: Russian actress Anna Levanova, representing the crew of Two Women, receives the Best Feature Film award at the third Ha Noi International Film yesterday.

VietNamNet Bridge – Russian film Two Women won the best feature film award at the third Ha Noi International Film (HANIFF) that closed in the capital city yesterday, Nov 27. Directed by Vera Glagoleva, the film is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, it tells the story of the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son's tutor. … [Read more...]

“Two Women” triumphs at Hanoi film fest

Actress Anna Levanova (Source: VNA) Russian film Two Women won the best feature film award at the third Hanoi International Film (HANIFF) that closed in the capital city on November 27. Directed by Vera Glagoleva, the film is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, it tells the story of the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son's tutor. The film has garnered high praise for its humanistic and artistic values, winning several awards at film festivals across Russia. … [Read more...]

Film festival attracts long queues

Movie-lovers wait to get tickets at the CGV Vincom City Tower, as the third Ha Noi International Film Festival gets underway. — Photo vietnamnet.vn Hundreds of people queued up at the National Cinema Centre to get free tickets to the third Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) from 9am November 25. Students, office workers and the elderly stood impatiently waiting for their turn to get the tickets. Many wished to watch the Vietnamese film Huong Ga (Rise), the only Vietnamese film to be shown on November 26 at the cinema, but tickets quickly ran out. … [Read more...]

First film project market opens in Hanoi

Vietnam’s first ever film project market is taking place in Hanoi on November 24 and 25 as part of activities of the third Hanoi International Film Festival 2014. Coorganized by BHD-Vietnam Media Corp and the Cinema Department, the market aims to provide a chance for filmmakers from Vietnam and other countries to introduce and promote their ideas to producers, distributors and potential investors. Ngo Phuong Lan, Director of Cinema Department said the event also hopes to attract international distributors and film festivals. … [Read more...]

Ha Noi fest to fete Asia-Pacific filmmaking

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The Hanoitimes - ​A total of 130 films from 32 countries and territories will be screened at the third Ha Noi International Film Festival (HANIFF). The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism organised the biennial festival, an important cultural event in the country that opened at the Friendship Cultural Palace here yesterday, to honour Asia-Pacific cinema and promote the development of co-operation and cultural exchange between filmmakers in the region and the world. "The film festival aims to honour excellent cinematic works of high humanity and artistic value. It's also an opportunity for Viet Nam's actors to enhance cultural and professional exchanges and learning experiences, contributing to the development of Viet Nam's cinema as well as the regional and international film industry in a new stage," said Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh. … [Read more...]

Hanoi fest to fete Asia-Pacific filmmaking

A total of 130 films from 32 countries and territories will be screened at the third Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF). The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism organised the biennial festival, an important cultural event in the country that opened at the Friendship Cultural Palace here on November 23, to honour Asia-Pacific cinema and promote the development of co-operation and cultural exchange between filmmakers in the region and the world. "The film festival aims to honour excellent cinematic works of high humanity and artistic value. It's also an opportunity for Vietnam's actors to enhance cultural and professional exchanges and learning experiences, contributing to the development of Vietnam's cinema as well as the regional and international film industry in a new stage," said Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh. … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host int’l film festival

Indie film: A scene from director Mel Chionglo's feature film Lauriana, one of six independent works from the Philippines to be screened at the 3rd Ha Noi International Film Festival. - Photo courtesy of the filmmakers

VietNamNet Bridge - Hundreds of films from 32 countries and territories will vie for the Best Work award at a large-scale fete next month. The third Ha Noi International Film Festival, Cinematography - Integration and Sustainable Development, will run from November 23 to 27. All participating films will be screened at the National Cinema Centre, August Cinema, Kim Dong Cinema, CGV Vincom Centre, and CVG Mipec Tower. … [Read more...]

Hanoi int’l film festival to run next month

The 3rd Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF), set to run in late November, will showcase more than 300 films from 32 countries and territories. The biennial festival, to run in Hanoi from November 23 to 27, will feature 327 films, including internationally competing ones. The films come from countries and territories with robustly developed movie industries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, France, the U.K. and U.S. The festival's opening and closing is set to take place at Viet Xo Cultural Center, at 91 Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, at 8pm on November 23 and 27 and will be aired live on national television VTV1 and VTV4. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]