A short film made by a Ho Chi Minh City student about how trash thrown carelessly could overwhelm the city has won the top prize but possibly at the wrong film festival, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Un petit message (A small message), made by Dao Minh Nguyet, a second-year student of direction at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Stage and Cinema, got the Philips Lighting award at the 27th Science Frontières Festival in Marseille, France, earlier this month by beating 24 other films on the environment, according to the paper.
Nguyet made the 4:20-minute film along with her sound lecturer, FranÃ§ois Serre of the High school of Image and Sound in France, who also helped her edit it and send it to the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, Tuoi Tre said.
So it came as quite a surprise to student and teacher to hear that Un petit message had won the first prize at Science Frontières.
The film opens with Nguyet asking "Have you ever asked yourself why this city is full of garbage" and goes on to show several photos of trash piled up around the city.
Its message is that if everyone throws just a single piece of trash, the city will soon be under rubbish.
"My message to people is that we should give up bad habits, not just throwing litter," Tuoi Tre quoted Nguyet as saying.
Nguyet's video clip "˜Someday' won the Best Choreography award at the 2009 Canon Photo contest in Vietnam.
The Science Frontières Festival is organized by the Association of Science Frontières, Terre (Earth) TV, the city of Marseille, and S.E.R.E (the European Association of Environmental Film Directors).
This year seven documentaries won awards.
All 25 that made the finals can be seen on www.terre.tv.