The official poster for 3 Srikadi (Three Female Archers), an Indonesian film presented by MVP Pictures to be introduced at the film festival.

Hanoi (VNA) - The fourth Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF), themed “Cinema-Integration and Sustainable Development,” will take place from November 1 to 5.

The event will present around 500 films, including more than 300 feature length films and over 200 shorts from 40 countries and territories such as India, Poland, Brazil, Colombia and the Republic of Korea.

Organised every two years, each HANIFF is an occasion to promote the Vietnam’s cinema, people and image to international friends, according to Ngo Phuong Lan, Head of the Cinema Department, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

“The festival honours excellent works and filmmakers and encourages new movie making talents,” she said.

“It enhances the cooperation between cinema industries and supports the development of world cinema.”

This year’s festival will feature three new categories, including Best Feature Length Movie, People’s Choice Feature Length Movie, and Audience’s Favourite Vietnamese Movie.

All films will be screened free of charge at the National Cinema Centre, Kim Dong Cinema, August Cinema, Ngoc Khanh Cinema, CGV Vincom Nguyen Chi Thanh and CGV Mipec Tower. The schedule and free tickets can be collected at the sites.

The 2016 HANIFF will include an outdoor film screening in collaboration with a Vietnam - Italy fashion show at Cach Mang Thang Tam Square (in front of the Hanoi Opera House) on November 2, 3, and 4.

The opening ceremony on November 1 and the awards ceremony on November 5 will be broadcast live on VTV2 and VTV1 channels, respectively.

Three jury boards of the HANIFF will grant awards for Feature Films, Short Films and NETPAC’s Best Films. The NETPAC Award is awarded to the best Asian feature film by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.

The judges includes big names of the world and local cinema such as Régis Wargnier (France), Geraldine Chaplin (US), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (India), Maria Izadora Calzado (Philippines) and Dao Ba Son (Vietnam).

The fest will host workshops and talk shows focusing on Indian cinema, the cooperation between filmmakers in ASEAN countries and the integration of Vietnamese cinema to the world.-VNA