This initiative will offer professional training by leading Vietnamese creators to 30 participants.
Netflix has announced its sponsorship of a programme led by Chanh Phuong Films in Vietnam, with the objective of discovering and nurturing the next generation of talented Vietnamese filmmakers.
Scheduled to begin accepting applications from October 5, this initiative will provide 30 participants with professional training led by prominent Vietnamese creators. Additionally, it aims to create opportunities for one exceptional team to produce a limited series while identifying participants who currently face challenges in accessing high-quality film and television training.
The programme is made possible through the support of the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity.
Speaking about the programme, Charlie Nguyen, a Vietnamese film director and producer and the programme lead, said: “Every meaningful story holds the power to inspire and transform lives. Through storytelling, dreams take flight and hearts are touched. When I first learned about the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, it became evident that we had an incredible opportunity to collaborate and support young aspiring filmmakers in Vietnam. By offering them practical training, mentorship, and valuable resources, we can nurture their unique artistic voices and ignite their creative spark. As they find their voice and share their stories with us, we are helping them discover the courage to pursue their passion and dreams in the world of filmmaking.”
Since its establishment in 2021, the fund has empowered more than 700 filmmakers across the Asia-Pacific region to create and share their stories through over a dozen Netflix-backed film programmes, camps, and workshops.
In 2021, Netflix supported the Cinema Beauty – Vietnam Creative Economy Grant, which enabled 10 filmmakers to create short films focused on underrepresented communities in Vietnam. One of these films, Pao’s Forest, received the award for Best Short Film at the Hanoi International Film Festival in 2022.
Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Head of External Affairs (APAC) at Netflix, added: “We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere and we know from some of our research that inclusion behind the camera can lead to more inclusion in front of the camera. The Netflix Fund for Creative Equity in Asia-Pacific programmes offers a unique opportunity to help train and set the next generation of talent in our region up for success in the entertainment industry, including people who may not have access to quality training.
“I’m excited that we can continue this work in Vietnam and train another 30 filmmakers.”