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Student filmmaker receives scholarship from Korea

Mr Thananhsen Khamvixay, an outstanding student from the Mass Communication Department of Faculty of Letters at the National University of Laos (NUoL) has received a scholarship from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) after winning the best short film and short film production award.

The Mass Communication department with KOICA last month held a student training on short film production for selected students in order to boost their students efforts to become great short filmmakers, directors, and producers.

Mr Thananhsen Khamvixay at work.

KOICA provided the scholarship and experts for short film and feature production to the students of this department.

The training received a lot of interest from students, many of whom love taking photos , making short films, and producing video output, and this training programme was limited to just 50 qualified students.

Only outstanding students who also are talented in making short films specifically were selected.

In practical terms, the selected students must have creative ideas to support the development of short film narratives, while also being able to choose the performers and managed the chosen performers, and take on a myriad of different production tasks as needed.

Mr Thananhsen Khamvixay explained that he attributes his success, at least in part, because he knew this programme right from the announcement at the Mass Communication Department. Then he registered to join the programme with all five members of his team entering the contest together. His team consists of Mr Thananhsen, Mr Bounpasert Lartsavong, Mr Vilaxay Vivasarn, Ms Phonemany Phommavong and Ms Thipphavong Phonepadit.

The training began in September of last year and ran until May of this year, with the training including the short film production contest and the feature production contest.

Mr Thananhsen and his teammates agreed to create a short film telling the story of a poor father, working for little money as a bottle collector and his daughter, who doesn't like this occupation that her father has.

The film is about 5 minutes long, and Mr Thananhsen's team also produced a 5-minute long feature video about dirty water, for the contest. “I received certificate of achievement of 1st prize of short film with certificate of achievement of best director and scholarship from the programme,” he said.

He also received a two-year scholarship from KOICA that will provide him US$ 50 every month.

“I was very happy and proud that I received a scholarship from KOICA and with two certificates of achievement from the programme.”

Mr Thananhsen said that he likes studying about mass media as he loves taking photos, reporting news to society as well as every step in producing news, movies, music videos and short films.

“From now I will continue to improve my skills in film production by sharing my experiences with professional film producers as much as possible,” he said.

 




By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update July 22 , 2017 )


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