Film fans flock to Hanoi festival

28th Nov 2012

Culture vultures have been heading to Vietnam on holiday for the Hanoi International Film Festival.

The event started at Hanoi's Friendship Palace with a prestigious red carpet ceremony and a film premiere of Hot Sand, directed by Le Hoang.

The movie by Giai Phong Film Studio features Vietnamese film stars Nha Phuong, Quach Ngoc Ngoan, Kim Tuyen and Diem Mi.

Travellers in Vietnam would have been able to watch the start of the festival on the country's state television channels VTV1 and VTV4 along with up to 50 million other viewers.

This year's film festival, known as HANIFF, has a focus on cinema in Vietnam both now and in the country's history. It includes movies set in and about Hanoi, films created throughout the "renovation period" and some modern titles from the past two years.

Competitions are also running to find the best international features and shorts.

Fourteen full-length films and 13 short films produced in the Middle East and Asia Pacific will go up against one other with the winners being named when the festival finishes.

Last year the festival also held a contest for documentaries, although this has not been included in this year's event.

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