Vietnam Film Festival

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Liên hoan phim Việt Nam
(Vietnam Film Festival)
LocationVietnam
Founded17 August 1970; 51 years ago (1970-08-17)
AwardsGolden Lotus
No. of films74 in 2019
LanguageVietnamese
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Vietnam Film Festival (Vietnamese: Liên hoan phim Việt Nam), founded in 1970, is a domestic film festival of Vietnam. It is considered as the major event of Cinema of Vietnam with awards for numerous categories ranging from feature film to documentary film, animated film. The festival is held for each two or three years in different host cities all over Vietnam.

History[edit]

The first Vietnam Film Festival was held from August 18 to August 25, 1970 in Hanoi following an issue of Vietnamese Ministry of Culture with the purpose of "encouraging the development of the national cinema". For each festival, there are several juries of 7 to 11 members for different categories of feature film, direct-to-video, animated film and documentary film. The most prestigious prize of the festival is the Golden Lotus (Bông sen vàng) following by the Silver Lotus and the Jury Prize.

1970–1975 period[edit]

In this time, the country was in a period of war. Film festivals are simply organized. The first festival was held in 1970 with the criterion of summarizing four years of resistance against the US (1965–1969). The second festival in 1973 was just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vietnamese Revolutionary Cinema. In addition to awarding awards to films produced after the first festival, the organizers also opened an award system for films produced before 1965.

1976–1985 period[edit]

The 1977 film festival in Ho Chi Minh City was the first festival after the National Reunification Day. From then until the 7th festival in 1985, the country struggled with economic difficulties. However, the film industry is still supported by the State. The film "When the Tenth Month Comes" directed by Đặng Nhật Minh emerged as a phenomenon, winning many domestic and international awards.

1986–1999 period[edit]

This is the Renovated Era of the country with many economic and cultural reforms. During this period, feature films were no longer supported by the State as much as before, overwhelmed in number by the emerging direct-to-video feature film line. With the common theme of couple's love, the cast of young and beautiful actors, this type of film, although not of high artistic value, attracts a large number of fans. The film festival officially opened an award system for this type of film in 1990. Its heat peaked in 1993 but quickly faded into the past and was replaced by television series.

2000–2013 period[edit]

The film industry during this period received many new trends with the participation of private studios. The number of feature films produced is higher than before, but the quality is often not high. The industry's human resources are in a struggle between old and new ways of thinking. Film festivals of this period received a lot of criticism in their organization for that reason.

2014–present[edit]

The number of films produced during this period increased steadily over the years and the quality gradually improved. Film festivals are also more organized. Direct-to-video feature films were officially removed from the festival in 2017 by the organizers to focus entirely on the cinematic element. The festivals are held regularly every two years, alternating with the Hanoi International Film Festival.

Festival Year Host city Note
1st Vietnam Film Festival 1970 Hanoi [1]
2nd Vietnam Film Festival 1973 Hanoi [2]
3rd Vietnam Film Festival 1975 Haiphong [3]
4th Vietnam Film Festival 1977 Ho Chi Minh City [4]
5th Vietnam Film Festival 1980 Hanoi [5]
6th Vietnam Film Festival 1983 Ho Chi Minh City [6]
7th Vietnam Film Festival 1985 Hanoi [7]
8th Vietnam Film Festival 1988 Đà Nẵng [8]
9th Vietnam Film Festival 1990 Nha Trang [9]
10th Vietnam Film Festival 1993 Haiphong [10]
11th Vietnam Film Festival 1996 Hanoi [11]
12th Vietnam Film Festival 1999 Huế [12]
13th Vietnam Film Festival 2001 Vinh [13]
14th Vietnam Film Festival 2004 Buôn Ma Thuột [14]
15th Vietnam Film Festival 2007 Nam Định [15]
16th Vietnam Film Festival 2009 Ho Chi Minh City [16]
17th Vietnam Film Festival 2011 Tuy Hòa [17]
18th Vietnam Film Festival 2013 Hạ Long [18]
19th Vietnam Film Festival 2015 Ho Chi Minh City [19]
20th Vietnam Film Festival 2017 Đà Nẵng [20]
21st Vietnam Film Festival 2019 Vũng Tàu [21]
22nd Vietnam Film Festival 2021 Huế

Programme[edit]

The Vietnam Film Festival is organized in various sections:[22]

  • Official Selection: The main event of the festival
    • In Competition: Films were selected to compete for the Golden Lotus
    • Panorama Program: Films were not eligible to compete but selected to present to the public
    • Short Film section (expected)
    • First Film section (expected)
  • Events
    • Film week to celebrate the Vietnam Film Festival
    • Seminar: Discussing issues of contemporary Vietnamese cinema
    • Exhibition: Exhibitions often have the theme of connecting cinema with the host city or an anniversary occasion
    • Exchanges: Artists with students, with the local public, with soldiers
    • Visit the scenic spots in the host province
  • ASEAN Film Awards: The award was established in 2017 to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN

Awards[edit]

The Film Festival's current awards are:[23]

Official Selection: In Competition[edit]

Feature film only[edit]

Documentary/Science film only[edit]

  • Award for Best Narrative

Animated film only[edit]

  • Award for Best Shaping Animator
  • Award for Best Acting Animator

Official Selection: Panorama Program[edit]

  • Audience Choice Award for the Most Favourite Feature Film, voted by the audience

Past awards[edit]

  • Technique Award for the Feature showing new and impressive cinema technique. The award was only enabled in the 14th Vietnam Film Festival (2004).
  • Press Choice Award for the Best Feature Film, voted by journalists. The award was only enabled in the 16th Vietnam Film Festival (2009).
  • Best Film on the subject of War and Revolution, awarded by the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army. The award was only enabled in the 19th Vietnam Film Festival (2015).
  • Grand Jury Prize (or Special Jury Prize), awards depending on the year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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