The Short Film Corner of the 66th Cannes Film Festival will save a spot for the Vietnamese short, "16:30," which took top honors last year in the international online film fest Yxine (Yxine FF).
Actress turned film producer Hong Anh, who represents Yxine FF, and the young director of "16:30" Tran Dung Thanh Huy, will both be part of this year's Vietnamese delegation to Cannes, set be held in France from May 15 to 25.
The Voyage à Cannes program, which selects Vietnamese delegates to Cannes and supports young local filmmakers, has also invited actress, tycoon and Vietnam's former tourism ambassador, Ly Nha Ky, to attend the prestigious international film fest.
At a press conference on May 6, Anh said that attending the Cannes film fest is a great honor for any artist, especially those like Huy, who are fortunate enough to have their film being screened there.
It is the third time that Anh has been invited to Cannes, but the first time she will promote a Vietnamese film there.
"16:30," which follows the lives of local street kids struggling to survive, won "Press vote for best picture," as well as three YxineFF awards last year.
Huy will also get a chance to discuss his career in filmmaking with Jane Campion, who heads the Cannes film fest's Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury.
Before going to France, the Vietnamese delegation will attend a cinema banquet organized by the French Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on May 10.
Acclaimed Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung will be the banquet's special guest. Hung's first feature film, "The Scent of Green Papaya," won the Camera d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards that same year.
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