Amateurs to take part in Tokyo Video Festival

June 13, 2006


In the film 'Bamboo Prosthesis' which won a prize at 28th Tokyo Video Festival.

Amateur Vietnamese video makers will be among the contestants at the 29th Tokyo Video Festival next year.

TVF has grown strongly to become the world’s biggest video festival with more than 40,000 entries from 87 countries and has introduced a number of high-grade videos to the world, each produced in the personal style special to this media.

Amateurs can submit their videos of less than 20 minutes on topics like family relations, social issues, education, culture and environment before the deadline of September 30.

The Tokyo Video Festival began in 1978 a quarter of a century ago by the Japanese-based JVC Corporation, a maker of electronic products, which has sought to popularise video.

The annual TVF is a world festival of citizens’ video where ordinary people can use a video camcorder to express their own ideas and opinions.

Vietnam began to participate in the TVF festival in 2004 with 17 entries.

Previous award winners from Vietnam have included Lam Thanh Quy for Con Di Tren Vet Tre Tron (Bamboo Prosthesis), Pham Viet Phuoc for Nha Tien Tri Ao (Imaginary Prophet) and To Hong Hai for Xin Dung De Mam Song Lui Tan (Please Do Not Let Live Seeds Perish).

Two Vietnamese documentaries by female directors took home excellence prizes at the 28th Tokyo Video Festival with film Vuot Doc (Overcome the Slope) by To Cam and Huong Hoa Giua Doi Thuong (the Scent of Normal Life) by Viet Oanh.

The organisers will award 500,000 yen (US$4,406) for the first prize, 400,000 yen ($3,524) for the second prizes and 100,000 yen ($850) for the third on February 2007 in Tokyo.

For more information, access the website at or contact 088 478 755. (VNS)

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