DA NANG, 30 November 2017 – The 20th Viet Nam Film Festival was held on 24-28 November in Da Nang, Viet Nam. With the theme “Building up a modern and humane film industry,” a total of 77 Viet Nam films including feature films, documentaries, scientific and animated films were selected to win the Golden Lotus Awards under the Viet Nam Film Festival.
In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, the ASEAN Film Awards was also presented for the first time as part of the festival. Singaporean actor Sivakumar Palakrishnan won Best Actor for his role in “A Yellow Bird” and Filipino actress Mary Joy Apostol won Best Actress for her role in “Birdshot.” The Best Director award went to Indonesian movie director Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo for his movie “Turah,” while “A Yellow Bird” from Singapore won the Best Film.
A roundtable discussion on “ASEAN Film Industries—the Access to the World” was held at the sidelines of the festival. It discussed how films can connect people and promote the ASEAN identity to the world.
In his welcome speech at the roundtable, Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community said that even though each ASEAN country has unique characteristics, the ‘we’ feeling as ASEAN citizen needs to be instilled, so the people of ASEAN can be proud of their shared identity. Further he said that Film Festivals can be a vehicle to promote ASEAN awareness and intercultural understanding regionally and internationally.
The roundtable was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, ASEAN Secretariat, Korean Film Council, Film ASEAN Foundation, as well as film agencies and film makers from ASEAN and other countries.
The 20th Viet Nam Film Festival was organised by the Viet Nam Cinema Department, under the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam.