Film Festivals bridge the gap between the countries- Consul General of India, Ms Smita Pant
New Delhi, The Indian Film Festival Vietnam (IFFV) that took place in Vietnam from 18th December-23rd December 2015 concluded in a grand style in Ho Chi Minh City on December 23, 2015.
The six-day fest was aimed at bridging the gap between the two entertainment industries in the world – Vietnam and India.
According to Consul General of India Ms Smita Pant,” Film Festivals bridge the gap between the countries,we have received huge applause from the audience and we are going to soon screen “3 Idiots” again in Ho Chi Minh City. We want to introduce to Vietnamese audiences our best films from the Indian cinema. Entertainment industries of two countries-Vietnam and India can generate over US$5 billion by 2019. “
Eight Indian movies including “3 Idiots,” “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,” “Paheli,” “Taare Zameen Par,” “Dil Chahta Hai,” “Wake Up Sid,” “Oh My God!” and “Jodhaa Akbar” were screened as part of many activities of the film fest, co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and the Directorate of Film Festivals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India.
Mr. R C Dalal – the co-curator of IFFW says,”A film festival is a celebration of artistic excellence. Film festivals are an eye into another world of cinema; these films take you to a different world. It really expands the horizons and understanding between the two countries. Vietnam has got great locations to offer from film point of view and at the same time, film festival promotes tourism between the two countries.”
Many Indian directors have planned to shoot parts of their movies at some locations in Vietnam next year, according to the head of the Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City.