Nearly 30 countries will submit films to Vietnam's first International Film Festival which will be held in Hanoi from October 17-21.
Around 60 films have been registered so far. They will be screened at Megastar cinemas, the National Screening Center and the BHD (Vietnam Media Corp.) Cinema Complex.
All of the submissions to the festival were produced in 2009 and 2010 and have never before been featured abroad.
Short film, documentary and cartoon submissions will be judged together in a single category. Feature films and submissions from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) will be judged seperately.
Philip Noyce, director of the award-winning The Quiet American (2002), an adaptation of Graham Green's novel of the same name, will lead the board of judges for feature films.
Vietnam will have three judges: People's Artist Dang Nhat Minh will consider feature films, People's Artist Bui Dinh Hac will review documentaries and film critic Ngo Phuong Lan will sit on the panel evaluating NETPAC films.
During the festival, conferences will be held to discuss possible improvements to Vietnam's film industry and cinematic output.