“Lan” (forgetful), directed by Nguyen Ngoc Mai, made a loud victory after pocketing three lotus bud awards for the best documentary voted by viewers and judges and the best maiden documentary of a director.
In the short film category, Tran Huu Thanh won the best maiden film of a director with “Dem Giat Ui” (laundering night), while the panel and audiences voted to honour two best short films – “Muon” (late) by Ho Thanh Thao and “Chuyen Anh Hung” (heroic story) by Hoai Nam.
“The Unknown Game” by Nguyen Vu Huyen Linh became the best teen-made category picked by audiences, while “Tam Ve Cuoi Cung” (the last ticket) by Thao Linh was chosen by the jury in the category.
With this year’s theme of Kaleidoscope, the awards respected the diversity in people’s personalities and points of view. Oscar-winning director Mark Jonathan Harris, director Arnaud Soulier, actress-producer Hong Anh, and director Phan Dang Di were among judges.
There were seven documentary, seven short-film and five teen-made film nominees selected from 83 documentaries, 25 short films and 18 films produced by secondary school students. Each film is 12-20 minutes long, with budget limits set at VND5 million ($250).
The annual award has been organised by Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD) since 2009.