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


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


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


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


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

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


A scene of the film "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Photo: 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


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


A scenery in the film (Photo: 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


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 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...]