"Feeling' to air on online film festival

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YxineFF, Vietnam's first online short film festival, will feature a short entitled "Feeling" today (August 6 at 9 p.m.) on its website at www.yxineff.com.

"Feeling," produced by 21-year-old Nguyen Minh Hieu, is one of more than 60 films that have been accepted by the judges of the seven-month competition, which concludes at the end of this year.

At 9 p.m. every Friday, YxineFF screens a new movie. The showings are followed by an online discussion between the filmmaker and the audience.

Organized by the Saigon Media Company and Galaxy Studio, YxineFF was initiated by Marcus Manh Cuong Vu, a 32-year-old Vietnamese who works as researcher and teaching assistant at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Vu sought to provide an online playground for young and independent filmmakers; the contest's slogan is "Sharing, Love, Cinema."

"Feeling" was produced and directed by a multimedia college student from RMIT Ho Chi Minh City. The short portrays young love in the heat of summer.

According to Hieu, the story of "Feeling" centers on a college student who spends his mornings drawing in a chair on a desolate road. Another man jogs down the same road during his morning exercise regimen, but the two never interact. The pair finally meet as they attempt to seek shelter in a downpour. The story unfolds from there.

Filmmakers can submit features, documentaries and animated films to the competition until September 15. The festival has attracted more than 30 films from Vietnamese filmmakers at home and abroad.

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