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Rangoon will host the first Myanmar Youth Film Festival with selected Burmese films due to be screened publically on 7- 8 August.
The event is being organised by the Myanmar Youth Association (MYA), in collaboration with the publishing group House of Media and Entertainment, and is due to coincide with International Youth Day.
Amateur film-makers have been invited to submit entries before 21 July on any subject under three categories: Documentary Film; Short Film; and Animation.
Zwe Yan Naing, chairman of the MYA, said the event will feature several well-known faces from the world of film and literature. Comedian and film director Zarganar and blogger Nay Phone Latt are founder-members of House of Media and Entertainment, though it is as yet unconfirmed whether they will appear at the festival.
“We are organising this film festival with the aim of promoting knowledge and creativity among Burma’s youth,” he said, “and to help portray their struggle and challenges through the medium of motion pictures.
“We are collaborating with professional artists for this event,” the MYA chairman added. “This is the first time we have organised something like this, and we are excited to be judging the work of Burma’s talented youths.”