This year’s festival will showcase art and performances from a diverse range of countries. Participating countries include the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland, Belgium (Wallonie-Brussels Delegation), and Vietnam, the host country.

Our projects primarily revolve around the critical issues of climate change, environmental pollution, gender equality, and sustainable ways to protect and harmoniously coexist with nature.

This highly anticipated cultural event is a collaboration between the prestigious National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio, a division of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and the esteemed European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).

Director Trinh Quang Tung, deputy head of the esteemed National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio, emphasized the significance of the festival as a captivating cultural exchange endeavor that has consistently delighted audiences.

During the festival, cinephiles will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the rich culture and heritage of Vietnam and various European countries, while also exploring the profound connections between humanity and pressing global issues, as mentioned by Tung.

The 13th edition of this event aims to provide Vietnamese artists and film producers with a valuable opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise in the film industry. It is expected to foster creativity and innovation, allowing participants to generate fresh ideas.

The festival will showcase a selection of esteemed international works, including award-winning and nominated pieces such as ‘The Happy Worker,’ ‘Sous Le Nom De Tania,’ ‘Die Unbeugsamen’ (Femocracy), and ‘Living Proof: A Climate Story.’

‘Vesuvio’ or ‘How They Learn To Live Between The Volcanoes’ by Italian director Giovanni Troilo will be presented at the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival

‘Vesuvio’ or ‘How They Learned To Live Between Volcanoes’ by Italian director Giovanni Troilo will be presented at the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival.

The selection of films from European Union countries showcases important themes such as climate change, environmental conservation, and harmonious coexistence with nature. Notable titles include ‘Vesuvio’ or ‘How They Learned To Live Between Volcanoes’ from Italy, ‘Living Proof: A Climate Story’ from the UK, and ‘Matter Out Of Place’ from Austria.

Film enthusiasts can also delve into stories about other important global issues such as employment in ‘The Happy Worker’ from Finland, and women’s rights and gender equality in ‘Sous Le Nom De Tania’ from Wallonie-Brussels, as well as ‘Die Unbeugsamen’ from Germany.

Donna McGowan, the Director of the British Council in Vietnam, expressed that the film festival would provide us with the opportunity to contemplate and explore contemporary global issues.

Participants at a press meeting to announce the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival in Hanoi, September 18, 2023. Photo: Dau Dung / Tuoi Tre

Participants at a press meeting to announce the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival in Hanoi, September 18, 2023. Photo: Dau Dung / Tuoi Tre

“Vietnam is highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. During this presentation, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the specific challenges that the country is currently facing.”

The event showcased a collection of 12 Vietnamese films that explore themes such as environmental pollution, the post-war era, cybercrimes, wildlife conservation, epidemics, and gender equality.

The festival will showcase documentary films created by independent filmmakers, including ‘Children Of The Mist’ (Vietnam), ‘Road Back To The Wild’ (Vietnam), and ‘I Want To Breathe’ (Vietnam).