Vietnamese film industry struggles to attract domestic audience
Vietnamese film industry, inspite of the appearance of many high-earning films recently, is wrestling with a fact that domestic audiences are turning their back on home-made movies.
A majority of film-goers said they do not appreciate Vietnamese films as they lack arresting details and fail to mention youth's current problems, therefore foreign films are their choice when they want to relax or amuse themselves.
People's Artist Tran The Dan, Vice Secretary of the Viet Nam Cinema Workers' Association, said it is important to make films entertaining to meet the public's demands, yet he rushed to add that it does not mean it is acceptable to lower the artistic quality to attract larger audiences.
According to Vice General Director of the Viet Nam Cinema Department Nguyen Thi Hong Ngat, the industry's main problem is a lack of quality scenarios; film makers continue to exploit old and easy themes such as the war and country life, while avoid issues of the modern society. A number of recent films popular among young people, which deal with modern issues, are only copycats of Chinese and Republic of Korea films.
Director Vuong Duc said the Vietnamese film industry is in need of new blood, both film makers and actors and actresses. He said there should be a long-term plan to seek and foster talents.
Filmmakers' congress closes without breakthrough solutions
The sixth congress of the Viet Nam Cinema Workers' Association in Ha Noi from July 28-30 is an opportunity for Vietnamese film makers to find solutions to these pressing issues to win back domestic film watchers.
The sixth congress of the Viet Nam Cinematography Association (VNCA) closed in Ha Noi on July 30 without introducing long-awaited solutions to attract larger audiences.
Participants at the congress pointed to the fact that Vietnamese audiences have turned their backs on locally-made films for films made in Korea, China or Thailand.
Declining audiences are a result of to poor scripts, dull themes, out-of-date technology, and a shortage of money, talented filmmakers, actors and actresses.
The congress approved a 14-point proposal to be submitted to the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee (CPVCC), the CPVCC Commission for Ideology and Culture, and the Ministry of Culture and Information. The proposal pointed to the need to conduct a research to reform the management of the Vietnamese film industry, introduce incentives for the country's talents, and develop film studios in big urban areas.
The participants also proposed the establishment of an association of film producers and a cinematography-publishing house, and collection fees for broadcast films.
They re-elected Prof. Tran Luan Kim as VNCA president for the 2005-2010 term, who will be assisted by his three deputies Dang Xuan Hai, Nguyen Khai Hung and Duong Cam Thuy, and a 10-member VNCA executive board.-Enditem
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