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Vietnamese film wins prize at children’s international film fest in Canada

Vietnamese film wins prize at children’s international film fest in Canada

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 14:22 GMT+7

A Vietnamese film has won a significant prize at an international film festival for children in Canada.

‘Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh’ (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), a film by Victor Vu, was named the winner of Young People's Jury Award – Best Feature Film at the 2016 TIFF Kids International Film Festival, held from April 8 to 24.

The film is based on a novel of the same name, written by Nguyen Nhat Anh, a best-selling author whose books are popular with young Vietnamese readers.

‘Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass,’ premiered in Vietnam on October 2, 2015, tells the story of two brothers who live happily in a small coastal village during the late 1980s.

Famously filmed in Phu Yen Province just north of Nha Trang, in the story the brothers unwittingly compete with each other for the affection of the same little girl.

The TIFF Kids awards, presented annually in April, are among the largest children’s film festivals in the world, according to their own website.

The jury members include children aged 8-13 who assess films based on their age classification and category.

This year, there were 157 films from 39 countries and territories shown at the festival, including Russia, the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Vietnam, South Korea, and Malaysia.

The event’s website also said that it offers a diverse range of programs from Canada and around the globe, using the power of films not just to entertain children and parents, but also to foster new ideas about the complex issues facing young people today.

Previously, the Vietnamese film was named the winner of ‘Feature Films of 2015’ at the Silk Road International Film Festival in Fujian Province, China on September 26, 2015.

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