125 films compete for Golden Lotus Award in 19th Vietnam Film Festival

The opening ceremony of the 19th Vietnam Film Festival was held at Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on December 1.

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The 18th Film Festival Best Actress Van Trang and best Actor Quoc Thai hoisted Vietnam flag, making the opening of the festival. 

Before the opening ceremony a delegation of artists and officials led by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh offered flowers dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh at his statue in front of the headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh city People's Committee.

This year’s event themed ‘“Vietnam’s Cinema –Ethnicity, Humanity, Innovation and Integration” welcomed about 125 cinematographic submissions, including 20 featured films and others in categories of documentary, cartoon, and science.

It is expected that there are 500 artists, movie makers, movie producers, distributors, representatives of movie companies and media organizations taking part in the festival.

The jury picked up 125 films from hundreds of films to be selected for the main competition sections including fiction movie, documentary and scientific films and animated film and for screening out of competition.

Film director Vu Xuan Hung is selected as the jury chief of feature section, Association Professor- Ph.D. Tran Kim Luan as jury chief of documentary and scientific section and Film Director Ha Bac as jury chief of animated film section.  

The organizers will present the Golden Lotus, Silver Lotus and the Jury Awards for titles such as Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Filmmaker, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Designer, Best Music Designer, Best Sound Designer and Audience Choice Prize.

A series of activities such as a seminar on movies, film market, a gala evening and exchanges between filmmakers and audiences will take place during the festival from now until December 5.

Vietnam Film Festival held every five years is the most prestigious film festival in the country and its prizes are also the most respected.