Hoa Hoc Tro Magazine and RMIT University Vietnam have teamed up to search for creative teens wanting to gain hands-on experience in the digital film industry and become the next generation of star filmmakers. 

Get some friends together and explore your flare for film in the 2021 Filmmaking Talent Search competition!  


Teenagers who are studying at high schools in Ho Chi Minh City or surrounding provinces are eligible. 

Participants can enter as a team representing their high school (with each high school having one team) or as an independent team. Teams can consist of up to five members. 



The whimsical father of box office sensations Blood Moon Party, Go-Go Sisters


Actress – Director

The muse of Vietnamese cinema, director of The Way Station (Asean International Film Festival’s Best Film).



The whimsical father of box office sensations Blood Moon Party, Go-Go Sisters.


Preliminary round:

  • Step 1: Register your information (as the team leader) in the sign-up form.

  • Step 2: Submit a video with a duration of up to one minute, introducing your team and everyone's passion for filmmaking in a creative way. Send the video submission to Include the following details in the email: the names, email addresses and phone numbers of each team member; the name of each team member’s school.

Submission deadline: 23:59, 14 March 2021


About the competition:


From the submissions, a panel of judges will select up to 45 teams/individuals to participate in three online training sessions delivered by RMIT lecturers and industry experts. You will then apply your new knowledge to produce a short film, with a maximum length of three minutes and focusing on one of the topics provided by the judges. These online training sessions offer a rare chance to be guided by mentors who have strong reputations and experience in the digital film industry.  

The judges will select 10 teams and individuals for the final. At an award ceremony, you will all have the chance to receive direct comments and feedback from well-known industry experts. The audience will vote (online) for their favourite film as the ‘People’s Choice Award’. 

Your information will be used for admission and not shared with third parties.


Submitted videos will be marked by the judges according to the following criteria: 

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Themes and messages

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Filmmaking techniques

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Storytelling techniques

  • Best film: one film-making camera set, including a DJI Pocket 2, plus entry into a short IELTS preparation course at RMIT for each member

  • Runner-up: one RODE Wireless Microphone for each member

  • People's Choice Award: One-year free cinema voucher for each member

  • The submitted film must be an original work with full credit given to the creator(s), who, in this case, are the competition’s participating student(s). Any form of copyright infringement and plagiarism will not be tolerated. If caught infringing on copyright or plagiarising, the participating student(s) will be immediately disqualified from the competition.

  • The submitted film must be deemed appropriate for the age group of participating student(s) and must not go against the culture as well as the moral values of Vietnamese society. That means: no excessive use of coarse languages; no encouragement of extreme thoughts and ideas; no incitement of violence and social discrimination; no sensitive contents, such as sex and nudity; no input of political opinions.

  • Students are encouraged to compete with their own filmmaking efforts. Participating films with professional intervention from outsiders during production and postproduction stages will receive little to no appraisal from the judges.


The decisions of the judges are final. 

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