Ngo Thanh Van (R) on Hollywood Reporter's cover page (Source: VNA)

Hanoi, (VNA) – Director Ngo Thanh Van has brought her most recent film “Tam Cam: The Untold Story” to the 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which runs between October 6 and 15.

The 90-minute fantasy movie is based on Tam Cam, a fairy tale best known as the Vietnamese version of Cinderella.

Van said more than 20 billion VND (nearly 900,000 USD) was invested in filming to ensure high-quality production. It was her second film, after “Ngay nay ngay nay” (The Lost Dragon) in 2014, which attracted more than 500,000 people in HCM City after the first three weeks of its release.

Van performed in several films directed by Vietnamese and overseas Vietnamese directors before becoming a director and producer herself.

Another Asian female directors presented at the event include Hitomi Kuroki from Japan with her directorial debut “Desperate Sunflowers” and Konkona Sen Sharma from India also with her first movie released - “A Death in the Gunj”.

BIFF Programmer Kim Young-woo said Asian female directors are defining themselves and gaining favour with viewers, adding that the trend is clear at the BIFF this year.

The 21 st BIFF screens 301 films from 69 countries. On the opening day, it welcomed 200 VIP guests and about 5,000 fans.-VNA