Children’s films on their dreams


A hundred Vietnamese children joined a group of 600 children from Laos, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Australia in a project to made films to express their own dreams.


Children and their parents watching their own films in the Film Festival in Hoa Binh on 30 December 2014. 

Before the Children’s Film Festival, Hien, a 13 year old girl from the Muong ethnic group in Tay Phong commune, spent a few months at free time making a short film named “A dream of a girl seller” with her friends. Her six-member group composed, acted and edited the film by themselves. The film tells about an orphan girl’s dream to be a teacher and has a happy ending.

Together with hundreds of children aged 10 to 15 from youth journalist clubs in Hoa Binh, Bac Kan and Cao Bang, Hien had chance to share her film in the provincial film festival as part of the Child Connect Program in Vietnam.

Short films fulled of children’s dreams

ChildFund’s children’s film festival project helps children to create short films to tell people about their ideas and thoughts. The project theme in 2014 was Our Dream. To make films, they learnt about idea brainstorming and film making techniques such as composing, filming, acting and editing. They also learnt how to use electronic equipment and movie applications to make short films.

Children in Cao Bang learning the meaning of dream

Children and youth from Vietnam made fourteen films. The films expressed many children’s dreams, from personal expectations such as becoming a teacher or doctor to bigger wishes for the world such as no war or a clean environment. These aspects were revealed in a range of styles, showing the children’s imagination and creativity.

A child-friendly way to increase children’s confidence

Before joining the project, Hien was a shy girl who rarely partcipated in class activities with her friends or contributing while learning lessions. Now she has changed a lot. “My husband and I are busy to work and we can not spend much time to be with Hien. Luckily, after a few months since she joined ChildFund’s project, we have seen positive changes in her study and daily life”, shared Huong, Hien’s mother. “She smiles more often and told me excitedly about funny stories about making her film. She also studied better, especially in Literature.”

Children in Hoa Binh and Bac Kan making films on dreams

Making a film is really a good chance for children to increase their confidence and communication ability through developping their language usage. Working in a team environment, they are encouraged to raise their voice and share their dreams with other friends in Vietnam and different countries.

The  project has been implemented in Vietnam since 2010. 2014 is the final year of this Child Connect program’s project funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the overseas aid program. In Vietnam, it is an important component of the Child Rights and Child Protection program. In addition to Vietnam, the project has been implemented in Laos, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Australia, enhancing global connections and sharing among children.

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