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Asian cinema leads Vietnam’s first international film festival

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Asian cinema will take the spotlight at Vietnam’s first international film festival, which takes place on October 17-21 this year.

The event will be held in Hanoi, in celebration of the 1000 year anniversary of the establishment of the capital city.

Thirty films, as directed by Asian filmmakers, are to be featured at the festival belonging in one of the three categories of feature film, documentary and short film.

Films submitted to the festival have to be produced in the last two years, and must not have been broadcast on television or the Internet although previous screenings at alternate venues is acceptable.

The festival’s jury will pick ten films for each of the festival’s three categories.

Jury members include Australian director Philip Noyce, director of the Venice Film Festival Marco Muller, French cameraman Francois Catonne, Korean actress Kang Su-Yeon, and Vietnamese director Dang Nhat Minh.

The jury also extends to include key members of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and members of the journalistic society who cover cinematic issues.

There will be three film seminars focusing on the Vietnam film industry, outdoor film screenings, photography exhibitions, and a music gala lined up for the five-day event.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the festival will also be broadcast live on Vietnam television channel VTV3.

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