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Fifth Hanoi int’l film festival to feature 500 movies

More than 500 movies from nearly 50 countries and territories will be screened during the fifth Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF), announced Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien.

The official revealed the information during a press conference in Hanoi on August 23.

Themed “Cinema: Integration and Sustainable Development”, the festival is slated for October 27-31. It looks to honour outstanding cinematographic works with high artistic and humanitarian value and creativity, while also encouraging new movie talents.

It is also hoping to expand the Vietnamese cinema market, thus promoting the country’s image to international friends.

Films for the competition are selected from many countries and territories around the world, some of which have never competed in international film festivals in Asia.

Meanwhile, non-competition film screenings will be held, introducing new feature films, documentaries, and animations films from Vietnam, along with some of the Iranian films which won awards at the Cannes, Berlin, and Oscar film festivals, as well as works from other countries.

The screenings will take place at the National Cinema Centre, the Kim Dong movie theatre, the CGV Vincom Centre cinema, and the BHD Star Vincom cinema.

A wide range of awards will be presented at the end of the event, including those for best film, director, and actor/actress.

As part of the event, a HANIFF script-writing camp, film project market, free screenings, and film discussions will be arranged. Seminars to share the experiences of filmmakers from Poland and Iran will help local artists, managers, and the public understand more about world cinema.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the event will be broadcast live on VTV2 and VTV1 channels of the Vietnam Television on October 27 and 31, respectively.