48-hour filmmaking 2011 kicks off

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The international filmmaking contest called 48-Hour Film Project (48HFP) was launched on September 17 in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

It is the first time that the project calls for entries from Hanoi, besides registration in HCMC.

The annual event, first organized last year in Vietnam after reaching more than 80 cities all over the world, has attracted many local movie-makers.

This year's contest panel of judges includes world-renowned director Phillip Noyce as guest judge and two noted local directors Nguyen Vinh Son and Nguyen Quang Dung, who shot to fame with international award-winning movies and box office blockbusters.

The registration in Ho Chi Minh City starts September 19 and September 23 for those living in Hanoi.

The teams are required to make a four to seven minute long movies in two days. Selected films will be screened in both cities after three or four weeks.


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The winner will get US$3000 in cash, Grand Prize trophy and filmmaking equipment. The best films will be screened in International Film Fest 48HFP Filmapalooza and get a chance to take part in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

48HFP was first held in Washington, US, in 2001 and has become a global cultural phenomenon with 130,000 groups of attendees who have produced nearly 9,000 shorts films.

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