Foreign films are sweeping the box office while Vietnamese films are doing badly, with most of them losing money.
On 15 June 2022, the new Cinema Law (the “Law”) was officially passed by the National Assembly of Vietnam. The Law will take effect from 1 January 2023, replacing an older legislation enacted in 2006.
When the opening scene of a cartoon appeared on the screen, children at Tak Po school in Quang Nam Province screamed with delight and Ho Hoang Liem smiled with satisfaction.
One-party state’s Cinema Law bans ‘reactionary ideas and social evils’
A new law requires foreign organizations and individuals producing films in Vietnam to provide abridged versions of the full script and detailed scripts for scenes shot in Vietnam.
Mai Vu, director of the short animated film ‘Spring Roll Dream’, has won the Lights On Women award at the Cannes Film Festival.
‘Spring Roll Dream’, a short animated film by Vietnamese director Mai Vu, is set to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s category for works by film-school students.
The culture ministry wants full scripts submitted for foreign films shot in Vietnam, but National Assembly (NA) delegates feel such stipulations can push filmmakers away from the country.
When the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam announced Ha Le Diem as the winner, the Vietnamese director was surprised.
‘Uncharted’ starring Mark Walhberg and Tom Holland — best known for playing Spider-man — had been set for release in Vietnam on March 18
Bui Kim Quy’s ‘Mien Ky Uc’ (Memoryland) is Vietnam’s entry at the Berlinale in Germany this week and Doc Fortnight in the U.S. later this month.
Vietnamese cinema has seemingly not evolved beyond motifs seen in South Korean movies of the last century.
Though cinemas have reopened in most parts of the country after a months-long lockdown, filmmakers are hesitant to release their movies, fearing losses.
Vietnam’s first sci-fi fantasy film for children Maika has been selected to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the United States.
A Vietnamese short film and two directors won awards at the 32nd Singapore International Film Festival.
Diverse aspects of the human condition are key drivers of the projects from Vietnam selected at the Southeast Asia Film Lab, which is part of the Singapore Media Festival.
Ha Le Diem has won the Award for Best Directing at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for her film ‘Nhung Dua Tre Trong Suong’ (Children Of The Mist).
Victor Vu’s 2019 commercial hit ‘Mat Biec’ (Dreamy Eyes) has been awarded the Golden Lotus, often dubbed the Vietnamese Oscars, for best picture at the 22nd Vietnam Film Festival.
The banning of a few films has provoked ideas about how to improve local film censorship, from better classification to eliminating censorship altogether.
‘Mien Ky Uc’ (Memoryland) by Vietnamese director Bui Kim Quy has been praised for its artistic plot and poetic images.
Organizers of the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea have turned down a request by the Vietnam Cinema Department to cancel screenings of ‘Vi’ (Taste), a controversial Vietnamese film that was banned domestically despite winning several international…
Filmmakers have called for classifying movies based on viewers’ ages instead of censoring them or prohibiting their screening.
Artists and other industry insiders have indignantly rejected a lawmaker’s accusation that gangster movies give rise to crimes in society.
A major general has proposed films that promote “law-breaking” behavior or themes of selfishness and unpunished crimes should be banned in Vietnam.
‘Nguoi Lang Nghe: Loi Thi Tham’ (Listeners: The Whispering) has scooped five prizes, including for Best Thriller, at the Vegas Movie Awards in the U.S.
“Memento Mori: Water” and “If Wood Could Cry, It Would Cry Blood” will represent Vietnam at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)’s Asian Project Market (APM).