More than 100 movies in various categories have been entered at the 17th National Film Festival to be held in the central coastal province of Phu Yen in mid-December.
They include 17 entries in the feature film category, 10 of them produced by six private studios, which will, like last year, also compete for the Golden Lotus and Silver Lotus Awards and for awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Script.
Two movies made by state-owned studios, Canh dong bat tan (Floating lives) and Long Thanh cam gia ca (Ballad of a Thang Long musician), have won critical acclaim.
Dr Ngo Phuong Lan, the deputy head of the Department of Cinematography, organizer of the festival, said it would not be wrong to say that both artistic and entertaining films are made by both state-owned and private studios.
"The increasing number of movies produced by private studios shows that the festival is no longer a fiefdom of state-owned studios," said Lan, who replaced Le Ngoc Minh in September following a VND42 billion (US$2 million) fraud.
The 17th festival will also feature a seminar on the local movie industry, an exhibition on the four decades of the festival - it was first held in 1970 - and meetings between film producers and actors with film buffs from remote areas.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live on VTV2 and VTV3.
The department said this year's festival has received 108 entries in the categories of features, videos, documentaries, scientific films, and animation.