Film co-prodution between Vietnam – India and promoting tourism via cinema

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(Cinet)- In the framework of the Indian film festival in Vietnam last week, a conference held in Hanoi on December 19 between Indian filmmakers and Vietnam Cinema Department discussed opportunities to promote the country`s tourism via the cinema industry. Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has collaborated with Vietnam Cinema Department to facilitate foreign filmmakers in shooting Vietnam's beatiful landscapes such as Hanoi, Halong, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Ha Giang, Da Nang, Hoi An. Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran said that Vietnam is a potential market for India to cooperate closely in cinema industry. In 2016, over 3 million Indian tourists are to visit ASEAN countries, while the number of travellers to Viet Nam is expected to remain at 60,000. "It's a modest number," she continued. "However, it also shows the promising opportunities to develop the tourism industry." Saran said Spanish tourism had increased 32 per cent since an Indian Bollywood movie was filmed … [Read more...]

Vietnamese and Indian filmmakers boost cooperation

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The Hanoitimes - In the framework of the Indian film festival in Vietnam last week, the conference held in Hanoi on December 19 between Indian filmmakers and Vietnam Cinema Department discussed opportunities to promote the country`s tourism through the cinema industry. Vietnam has been welcoming foreign filmmakers to the country to promote tourism sector. Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has collaborated with Vietnam Cinema Department to facilitate foreign filmmakers in shooting Vietnam's beatiful landscapes such as Hanoi, Halong, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Ha Giang, Da Nang, Hoi An. Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran said that Vietnam is a potential market for India to cooperate closely in cinema industry. Ambassador Saran said Spanish tourism increased by 32% since an Indian Bollywood movie was filmed in Spain in 2011. Earlier, the Indian cinema industry caused similar increases in Indian tourism in Switzerland and the UK. At the conference, an Indian director … [Read more...]

Indian directors hope to film in Vietnam

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In discussions between filmmakers and tourism managers on December 19, Indian directors expressed interest in filming movies in Vietnam in the future. Vietnamese tourism managers, however, have called upon the Indian party to spotlight the country's lesser known sides, rather than focusing on subjects, such as cheap labour and popular landscapes. The conference further sought to discuss opportunities to promote the nation's tourism through the cinema industry. "Apparently, the community of young people in Vietnam is more focused on Hollywood movies, or Japanese or the Republic of Korea's films. What happened to Indian films?" asked Indian Ambassador Preeti Saran. In 2016, over 3 million Indian tourists are to visit ASEAN countries, while the number of travellers to Vietnam is expected to remain at 60,000. "It's a modest number," she continued. "However, it also shows the promising opportunities to develop the tourism industry." Saran said Spanish tourism had increased 32% since … [Read more...]

Indian directors hope to film in VN

Remake: In the conference, many directors expressed their interest in making Three Idiots in Vietnamese. — Photo santabanta.com

HA NOI (VNS) — In discussions between filmmakers and tourism managers on December 19, Indian directors expressed interest in filming movies in Viet Nam in the future. Vietnamese tourism managers, however, have called upon the Indian party to spotlight the country's lesser known sides, rather than focusing on subjects, such as cheap labour and popular landscapes. The conference further sought to discuss opportunities to promote the nation's tourism through the cinema industry. "Apparently, the community of young people in Viet Nam is more focused on Hollywood movies, or Japanese or South Korean films. What happened to Indian films?" asked Indian Ambassador Preeti Saran. In 2016, over 3 million Indian tourists are to visit ASEAN countries, while the number of travellers to Viet Nam is expected to remain at 60,000. "It's a modest number," she continued. "However, it also shows the promising opportunities to develop the tourism industry." Saran said Spanish tourism had … [Read more...]

Vietnam films featured at Berlin Film Festival

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(VOV) - Four Vietnam films have been screened during the Vietnam Film Week starting on December 12 at Kino Arsenal Film Haus Cinema in Postdammer Platz, Berlin to mark 40 years of Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties. The best movies include Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (Yellow Flower On The Green Grass), Nha Tien Tri (The Prophet), Trung so (Jackpot), and Quyen (Quyen). During the film week (December 12-15), a documentary on Vietnam’s culture, people and tourism and an exhibition displaying documents, photos and publications on screened films are planned. Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung and Director of the Vietnam Cinematography Department Ngo Phuong Lan briefed on the nation’s cinematographic achievements and development in recent years as well as its contributions to promoting the image of the nation to international friends. … [Read more...]

Developing a brand for Vietnamese films

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(VOVworld) – Vietnam is developing a brand for Vietnamese films at home and abroad as a way to promote Vietnam’s image to international friends. But this will not be an easy task as it requires greater investments in cinematography by private companies and the state. In 2015, 143 films, 40 of them feature films, were produced in Vietnam. Vietnam now has 140 cinemas with more than 80,000 total seats. They received 36 million moviegoers who bought 110 million USD worth of tickets. Despite these impressive figures Vietnam has not been able to build a brand for its films on the international market over the last 60 years. Vice President of the Vietnam Cinematography Association Nguyen Thi Hong Ngat said Vietnam should have films winning prestigious international awards and selling overseas. Director of the Vietnam Cinematography Department Ngo Phuong Lan said improving the quality of Vietnamese films which embrace Vietnam’s cultural identity is essential to building a … [Read more...]

19th Vietnam Film Festival wraps up in HCM City

The Golden Lotus Award was presented to Yellow Flowers in the Green Grass (feature film).

The Hanoitimes - At the closing ceremony of the 19th Vietnam Film Festival wrapped on December 5 in HCM City, four Golden Lotus Awards were presented to the most outstanding works, including Yellow Flowers in the Green Grass (feature film), the Boy and Reed Grass (animation), the Symphony (scientific film) and the Peak of Victory (documentary). Another nine were presented Silver Lotus Awards, including The Life of Yen, Children of the Village, and Freezing Land. Awards were also honoured to the best director, best screenwriter, best cinematographer, best actor and actress in supporting roles, best actor and actress in leading roles, best production design and best soundtrack - and people’s choice awards. Speaking at the event, Director of the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ngo Phuong Lan hailed the high quality of the awarded works, as well as the love for Vietnamese films. She said the biennial event has inspired the creation … [Read more...]

Four Golden Lotus Awards presented at 19th Vietnam Film Festival

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Four Golden Lotus Awards were presented to the most outstanding works at a closing ceremony for the 19th Vietnam Film Festival on December 5 in Ho Chi Minh City. The awardees are Yellow Flowers in the Green Grass (feature film), the Boy and Reed Grass (animation), the Symphony (scientific film) and the Peak of Victory (documentary). Another nine were presented Silver Lotus Awards, including The Life of Yen, Children of the Village, and Freezing Land. Awards were also presented to the best director, best screenwriter, best cinematographer, best actor and actress in supporting roles, best actor and actress in leading roles, best production design and best soundtrack – and people’s choice awards. Ngo Phuong Lan, Director of the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, hailed the high quality of the awarded works, as well as the love for Vietnamese films. The biennial event has inspired the creation of high-quality cinematic … [Read more...]

Preparations for 19th Vietnam Film Festival basically completed

Director of the Cinematography Department Ngo Phuong Lan (Photo: Sggp)

Preparations for the 19th Vietnam Film Festival has been finished, said Director of the Cinematography Department Ngo Phuong Lan. This year’s event themed ‘"Vietnam’s Cinema –Ethnicity, Humanity, Innovation and Integration" welcomed about 103 cinematographic submissions, including 20 featured films and others in categories of documentary, cartoon, and science. They will be screened at cinemas, CGV, BHD, Galaxy and Mega GS, she added. The event is expected to receive foreign experts from the U.S, thu UK, Denmark, Canada, South Korea, and the Philippines. The 19th Vietnam Film Festival will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from November 30- December 5, by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. A series of activities such as a seminar on movies, film market, a gala evening and exchanges between filmmakers and audiences will take place during the festival. The organization board will offer the titles, including "Golden Lotus Award", "Silver Lotus Award", "The … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s 2015 Film Festival to take place in early December

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The press briefing. Photo: Le Hoang/ Labor and Society newspaper (VOVworld) – The Vietnam 2015 Film Festival will take place in Ho Chi Minh City in early December. Director of the Cinematography Department Ngo Phuong Lan told a press briefing on Friday in Ho Chi Minh City that a jury board will be set up to divide entries into 2 categories – films and panorama films. She said: "We’ve received 60 entries for this year’s festival, which is much higher than in the previous year. The quality of the entries has improved remarkably, reflected in the audience’s recent warm welcome for Vietnamese movies. I think this is very impressive." … [Read more...]

Vietnam Cinema denies missing chance to promote tourism

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The Vietnam Cinema Department has never missed any opportunity to promote the country via films, its director said on Monday, answering a complaint that though Vietnamese landscapes have been used to create Neverland in the newly released Pan, the fact is unknown to moviegoers around the world. lent the beauty of its Ha Long Bay, En Cave and Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex to the making of the magical world of Pan in the US$150 million Warner Bros. Pictures film. Local tourism experts and businesses have called it "an opportunity wasted." Having its natural landscapes featured in Hollywood movies is the kind of free publicity Vietnam should be taking advantage of, according to insiders. But Ngo Phuong Lan, director of the Vietnam Cinema, said people cannot be accused of missing and wasting a chance if they have no knowledge of it. "With regard to the movie Pan, we never received any script or filming request, so I will not say anything about the so-called … [Read more...]

Vietnam to rate movies screened at theaters

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Vietnam will have different labels for movies shown at theaters in the near future, especially those for adults only, according to a piece of draft legislation that is expected to take effect soon. According to a meeting the Vietnam Cinema Department organized in Hanoi on Friday to discuss the promulgation and implementation of a circular to amend regulations on the evaluation and dissemination of films licensed in Vietnam, there would be four levels to rate movies screened in the country. The four levels include movies for all ages (labeled ‘P’), films restricted to those 13 years of age or older (‘C13’), flicks that are not for people under 16 (‘C16’), and movies for adults only (‘C18’), according to the circular that has been prepared since 2008. The classification of the movies permitted to be shown at local theaters is based on theme, content and the level of many elements like violence, nudity, sex, drug use, language, and … [Read more...]

Hot debate: Vietnam weighs ban on movie sex scenes longer than 5 seconds

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A scene from the film "Ngoi nha trong hem" (The house in the small alley) Film censors in Vietnam have proposed a new controversial rule that will ban any steamy sex scenes that last more than five seconds in local films. Ngo Phuong Lan, head of the national movie bureau, added that a film will not be allowed to have "more than three hot scenes." The proposed rule was announced at a meeting in Hanoi on Friday, and filmmakers and producers have strongly criticized it, saying it will limit artistic freedom. Nguyen Van Nhiem, head of Studio A Vietnam, said that it is just too difficult to limit the length of a movie scene to only five seconds. He also said sex is a natural activity and there is no need to ask artists to keep artful sex scenes short. Award-winning director Nguyen Thanh Van said that a movie scene should be judged for its production and artistic value, not how technically long it is. "Some shots are under a second but they are unbearable anyway," said Van. The … [Read more...]

Russian film festival opens in Vietnam

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A scene from "On the Road to Berlin" (Photo: VNA) (VOVworld) – The Russian Mosfilm Week 2015 themed "Venue for Russian films’ lovers" began in Hanoi on Thursday to introduce Vietnamese audiences to the best of Russian cinematography. The film week is part of activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Russia. The films to be screened include two war films – "On the Road to Berlin" and "White tiger" – one comedy called "Girl prisoner of the Caucasus", and a drama called "Ward number 6". Ms. Ngo Phuong Lan is Head of the Vietnamese Cinematography Department: "Russian cinematography has had a special place in Vietnamese hearts for more than half of a century. For Vietnamese film makers, Russian cinematography is a teacher and a friend who has given inspiration and invaluable knowledge. The annual Russian Film Week is a must-see for Russian cinematography lovers." The event will run until September 23 in Hanoi and Da Nang. … [Read more...]

Establishing Organization Board of the 8th honouring festival of “People’s artist and Meritorious artist”

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(Cinet)- Decision No.2938/QĐ-BVHTTDL on August 31, 2015 of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism relates to establish the Organization Board for the 8th honouring festival of People's artist and Meritorious artist. Based on Law of Emulation and Awards on November 26, 2003; Law on adjusting and supplementing some articles to Law of Emulation and Awards on June 14, 2005 and Law on supplementing and adjusting some articles of Law of Emulation and Awards on November 16, 2013; Regulation No.89/2014 NĐ-CP on September 29, 2014 of the Government about regulating to honour some titles of People's Artist and Meritorious artist. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism decides to establish the Organization Board with 12 members as follows: 1. Le Khanh Hai, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as head of the Board; 2. Phung Huy Can, head of Department of Emulation and Awards as vice-head of the Standing Board; 3.Le Hong Quang, head of Department of Emulation and … [Read more...]

Film festival – A way to promote cinematography

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(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...]

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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...]