The Northern city of Hanoi will host the country’s first film festival this October.

Vietnam’s ministry of culture, sport and tourism has announced that the first edition of the Vietnam International Film Festival will take place in Hanoi from October 17-21.

It was previously announced that the festival, which celebrates Hanoi’s millennial anniversary, would run Oct 27-31.

Organisers, including the Vietnam Cinema Department and Vietnam Media Corp, also announced that the event will screen about 60 films in seven sections: In-Competition, Short & Documentary, World Cinema Today, Vietnam Cinema Today, Country in Focus, Surprising and Tribute.

It aims to promote film-makers from South-East Asia and also introduce a cinema-going culture to Vietnam, where box office is starting to grow due to the building of new multiplexes. As the first major cinema event in Vietnam, it also aims to develop cooperation between regional and international film-makers.

There will be a total of eight prizes awarded in all categories: best feature film, best short film, best documentary, best director, best actress, best actor, Netpac awards and the Media Award.

At a party hosted by the Vietnam delegation in Cannes on Saturday night, the festival signed an agreement to cooperate with the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), which this year runs just before the Hanoi event from October 7-15. The agreement was signed by Vietnam festival director Lai Van Sinh and PIFF chief Kim Dong-ho.