RMIT Bachelor of Digital Film and Video Program Manager Dr Nick Cope was tremendously excited to see the energy and enthusiasm from the participating students and the quality of work produced.
“One of our judges last year, the Director of the award-winning film Rom, Tran Thanh Huy, commented that the competition is a great way to support and encourage a new generation of Vietnamese filmmakers, a view I hold too, which is why we wanted to run the competition again this year,” Dr Cope said.
A 2020 participant and RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar Duong Thi Bang Lang who is now studying Bachelor of Digital Film and Video at the University praised the competition for its inspiration.
“The competition helped me to reinforce my passion and confidence in choosing to study film,” Bang Lang said.
“Compared to other filmmaking competitions, RMIT’s Filmmaking Talent Search competition provides young filmmakers with a solid foundation and quality learning experience which enables them to reinforce their passion and confidence in their career choice.
Aside from selecting the outstanding recipients for the awards, the two industry judges Director Nguyen Quang Dung and Director and actress Hong Anh also shared insightful and valuable advice to all young participants.
While congratulating the organisers on the success of the event and all participating teams, Director Nguyen Quang Dung encouraged students to pursue a career in filmmaking if they have the passion and capability.
“The competition is a critical stepping stone for your future career,” he said.
“The network you have built today will create a healthy competitive environment for you to learn from each other and to flourish.”
Director and actress Hong Anh said that she was thrilled seeing the passion, ambition and compassion in the young participants.
“I hope RMIT and Hoa Hoc Tro can maintain the annual event to showcase more unique and emerging works from across the youth of Vietnam,” she said.
And to future filmmakers, she emphasised that their very first work, especially with short film, is where they can freely express themselves to the fullest, so “be courageous and confident”.
Dr Cope stressed that the competition is a great exemplar for a successful initiative that engages the university in the wider community, city, region and beyond.
“The creative, digital and media industries have so much potential for growth and development here in Vietnam, and to support and foster a new generation of enthusiasm and talent to drive these developments is very rewarding,” he said.
“It is great to see the effort, creativity and hard work the students have put into their productions, and to encourage and support them for their future dreams and aspirations.”
Story: Ha Hoang