Pham Thien An, left. Photo: Pham Thien An@Facebook.

A short film produced by Vietnamese filmmakers won an award at the Cannes Film Festival 2019, which took place this year from May 14 to 25.

The plot of ‘Stay Awake, Be Ready’ deals with a traffic accident that intertwines the lives of three young people. Pham Thien An, the director of the short film, told French media that he came up with the idea when he went drinking with his friends one night, VN Express reported.

Pham’s adviser Hong Anh said the seven-minute film was shot within one single take. He complimented Pham’s ability and technique and added that he will go far in his career.

Pham had previously won the second prize at the 48 Hours Short Film Competition that took place in Vietnam in 2014. In 2018, his short film ‘The Mute’ was screened at the Palm Spring International Short Film Festival and chosen for more than 10 international film festivals.

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