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Young Vietnamese film makers gain prizes from UNESCO project

Projects by Nguyen Trung Nghia, Dang Thao Nguyen and Nguyen Le Hoang Phuc have won prizes from the non-profit film production course ON THE REEL Film Lab.

At the course’s closing ceremony held on October 27, the “Mulberry Fields” (Mot lan dang do) by Director and Screenwriter Nghia was awarded 2,000 USD, one package of camera, and lighting equipment. Meanwhile, the “Memory Replica” (Ban sao ky uc) by Director and Screenwriter Nguyen obtained 2,000 USD and one audio post-production package.

Producer/Director/Scriptwriter Phuc’s project, namely “Little Tomb on The Prairie” (Nam mo ly tuong) brought him a package of camera and lighting equipment.

They made such achievements by surpassing six selected projects from 100 submissions to the course.

The film lab is jointly organised by UNESCO and the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD) - Vietnam Cinema Association, with the companionship of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, the General Delegation Wallonia - Brussels (Belgium) in Vietnam, HK Film, WallSound, Hanoi Grapevine and Colab Vietnam.

It is part of project E-MOTIONS: Mobilizing film professionals for regional cooperation, which is being conducted by UNESCO and partners, with the support from the Trust Fund of Japan. The project aims to enhance the capacity of filmmakers and empower them in their future careers, as well as to organise activities that connect domestic filmmakers with their peers in the region.

ON THE REEL Film Lab was held in October. In the first part of the course, from October 5 to 8, director Pham Ngoc Lan taught the aesthetics of short films and low-budget filmmaking. After this session, each project had a separate working session with lecturer Lan or guest speaker Truong Minh Quy. From October 21 to 24, director/producer Pimpaka Towira shared information about the international film industry and skills in film production. This was also when the trainees presented their projects to the trainers and their peers./.