The final round of Van Lang Film Festival 2021: Beyond expectations for the first season

(VLU21/10/2021)On October 17, 2021, the final judging of Van Lang Film Festival season 1, 2021 was filmed at the 5th-floor LV building - the main campus of Van Lang University. The jury worked diligently and efficiently to select the awards for the 19 finalists of the Film Festival.

As a meaningful art playground for young people who are passionate about filmmaking, Van Lang Film Festival has gained enthusiastic support from the Board of Directors of Van Lang University, media agencies, businesses, and the student community. With over 700 students registered to participate in all categories with 89 scripts, going through 2 preliminary rounds and semi-finals, 19 best works were selected and competed in the final award in both A and B panels.

The final round of Van Lang Film Fest 2021 will be held on October 17, 2021, connecting online with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu – Rector of Van Lang University, Head of Organizing Committee of VLFF 2021; Director Nguyen Tuong Phuong - Chairman of the Art Council of Ho Chi Minh City Cinema Association, member of the Jury of the Final Round of VLFF 2021.

The remaining 5 members of the Jury were present at the main campus of Van Lang University, including:

  • Director, People's Artist. Dao Ba Son - lecturer at Van Lang University, Head of Jury of VLFF 2021, director who has won 16 national awards and owns many works to attend the International Film Festival
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Meritorious Artist Phan Thi Bich Ha – Dean of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts & Film – Van Lang University, Vice President of the City Cinema Association. Ho Chi Minh City
  • MSc. Phan Quan Dung - Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts & Design - Van Lang University, film designer of Vietnam Feature Film Enterprise (1982 - 1989)
  • Actor Kieu Minh Tuan - the best actor in the Golden Kite 2020, a familiar face through the films Bui Doi Cho Lon, You are not 18, Blood Moon Party, ...
  • Mr. Ngo Thanh Phong - Founder & CEO Cuong Phim - Review (Fanpage with more than 2 million followers), media companion of VLFF 2021; Alumnus of Course 19 of Public Relations at Van Lang University.

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Connecting online with the event, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu - Rector of Van Lang University said: "Van Lang Film Festival is not only a playground to connect young talents but also an investment of the school in accordance with the educational philosophy of "learning through through experience”; not only for students who are studying at Van Lang's Department of Dramatic Arts, but also connecting with students of other disciplines, faculties, other schools, and alumni of the school, creating a reputation for the arts sector, making VLU a special multidisciplinary university".

From Binh Duong, Director Nguyen Tuong Phuong - Chairman of the Art Council of the Ho Chi Minh City Cinema Association shared: “Van Lang Film Festival offers a valuable opportunity for students to showcase their talents... Looking through the movies, I have many different emotions. There are films that convey the human story well that you want to convey to the viewers, there are films that show creativity, there are also films that still have the "silly" features of inexperienced students, etc. But in general, they all worked hard to do their roles well, creating interesting products for me.”

The session lasted nearly 6 hours, dramatic with arguments, views and fair evaluation from the Jury. General comments for 19 films, the judges expressed surprise by the seriousness, passion, thoughtfulness in each frame and creative efforts of young people who first hit the art lane.

vlu lhp bbThe jury of the final round of VLFF 2021 commented on 19 works in turn

vlu lam sang cDirector, People's Artist. Dao Ba Son – Head of the Jury of VLFF 2021 – chaired the discussion sessions of the Jury

Director, People's Artist. Dao Ba Son highly appreciated the humanity of some screenplays, which carried meaningful messages and many positive values ​​for life, and affirmed: "This is a game that shows passion and at the same time is also a game of passion to challenge your students' abilities. The biggest and most meaningful reward is that you guys worked together to make a movie with your own name, contributing to each member's efforts and imprinting in different roles."

vlu lhp cMSc. Phan Quan Dung – Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts & Design, Van Lang University

It took place at a difficult time due to the development of the epidemic, but we still have many ways to connect and work together. Believing that in the end, the film festival will definitely be successful, we will meet at the awards gala, creating an impressive film festival in the country". MSc. Phan Quan Dung - Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts & Design, Van Lang University expressed.

vlu lhp dActor Kieu Minh Tuan

When he first came to Van Lang as a judge of the Film Festival, actor Kieu Minh Tuan revealed: "When I feel that I am "overburdened" at work, Tuan often goes to school to watch students studying and watching how teachers correct your homework, or attend student graduation concerts to regain positive energy. After watching 19 films of VLU student, I feel that there are many young people with great potential. The serious investment competition is really a good opportunity for you to show and practice your passion".

vlu lhp eeMr. Ngo Thanh Phong – Founder & CEO Cuong Phim – Review, alumnus of Van Lang University

Every contest has its own criteria. All the works of the students are not only limited to the framework of this film festival but also have the potential for future development. The journey of a film is very long, let's move on to other platforms to develop" - Mr. Ngo Thanh Phong - Founder & CEO Cuong Phim - Review encouraged the teams after the final round.

vlu lhp fAssoc. Prof. Dr. Meritorious Artist Phan Thi Bich Ha - Dean of Faculty of Dramatic Arts & Cinematography Van Lang University - Vice President of City Cinema Association Ho Chi Minh City.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Meritorious Artist. Phan Thi Bich Ha expressed her wish that there would be many other film festivals, attracting young people to the cinema playground, diversifying "flowers", "colors" and "fragrances" for "art flower gardens".

For the sake of confidentiality, the results of the final round will be kept confidential and announced on the night of the Van Lang Film Fest 2021's Gala night. Hopefully, Van Lang Film Festival will be the first step to give wings to young people's passion for art, affirming students' values ​​and talents, contributing to the country's art scene.

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