16th Vietnam film festival opens in HCMC

Artists, directors, and producers from several generations gathered in Ho Chi Minh City for the opening ceremony of the 16th Vietnam Film Festival at the White Palace Convention Center City December 8.

Actors and actresses take part in the grand opening ceremony of the 16th Vietnam film festival on December 8 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Titled “For the renewal and integration Vietnamese film industry,” this year’s festival will celebrate the Vietnamese film industry’s golden jubilee.

“The Vietnam film festival is a chance to honor movie talents as well as raise the national film industry to the standards of the world film industry. I hope the 16th Vietnam film festival will be a memorable event,” Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said in a letter she wrote to organizers.

Delegations from Cambodia, China, Finland, Laos, Korea, and the US are attending the event.

Organized by the Department of Movies and the city Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the five-day festival will screen 99 pictures.

There will also be a fair titled “Movies and Audiences,” an exhibition with booths set up by 17 local production companies, and seminars, including one on introduction of high-definition (HD) technology.

Beside the usual Golden Lotus and Silver Lotus awards, it will offer two new awards this year to films chosen by the audience, and the jury and media.

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By Ha Giang, Nhu Hoa – Translated by Kim Khanh

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