Short film by Vietnamese-American director sweeps online int'l film fest

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A scene from "Dawn."

A short film by Vietnamese-American director Leon Le has won three "best" awards last Saturday at this year's Yxine Film Fest ceremony, VnExpress reported.

Le's "Dawn" earned titles for The Best Directing, The Best Film in the international competition category, and The Best LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Themed Film an award that was presented for the first time.

Through its ten-minute length, Dawn tells a story about a male victim of robbery who volunteers to hand his car to a gang of robbers in exchange for his robbed wallet which contains the proof of his identity.

Leon Le, born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City until he moved to the US with his family at the age of 13, was praised by head judge Phan Dang Di for depicting profound psychology in his film.

In 2011, Le became the only Vietnamese-American to act in a Broadway musical, and the only Asian actor to take part in the blockbuster musical "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark."

He returned to Vietnam a few years ago, and appeared in several comedies such as "De Mai Tinh" (Fool for Love), and "Nhung Nu Hon Ruc Ro" (The Brilliant Kisses) the country's biggest box office hit in 2009.

Yxine is an international online short film festival founded by businessman Marcus Vu in 2010. This year's theme was the "Individual," for which 66 films were screened. The awards have attracted three million viewers to its website since its first event.

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