FIlm Festival in Vietnam

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The “Water World” Film Festival was held in Hoa Binh and Bac Kan provinces in December 2012 as part of ChildFund’s Connect Project. 18 short movies were selected from the 5 participating countries; Australia, East Timor, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. 4 of the 18 selected films were from Vietnam and were made by the 105 children aged 10 to 15 years old from 4 Child Clubs in Vietnam (Thu Phong, Phu Minh and Hop Thinh communes of Hoa Binh province and Tu Tri commune of Bac Kan province).

Children in Vietnam had made 14 short films, and voted for 4 best films representing 4 Child Clubs to show at the international Film Festivals in other participating countries.

The films focus on the importance of water to human lives. Before making films, children had been trained on project implementation procedure, idea making and task allocation skills. ChildFund staff had supported children to build their confidence to describe their lives in community through flip cams. They also had trained children on how to select sites, customs and filming time to ensure the film quality. Each film lasts 2 to 5 minutes, each with a plot relating to the festival’s water theme.  

The project is a good opportunity to help Vietnamese children improve their film making and teamwork skills, increase global awareness, build self-confidence and make friends with children in other countries. Another important thing is their increased knowledge of the use of natural resources learned in a child-friendly manner.

The “Water World” Film Festival was the 2012 finale of ChildFund’s Connect Project and followed on from the 2011 Our Day Project.  

Below are some photos from this project:ChildFund Connect team working with children to come up with their film ideasChildren working on their storyboardsChildren practice film making in the rice fieldsChildren watching their final films with friends