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Winners of Panasonic Kid Witness News 2018 announced

Released at: 18:46, 24/11/2018

Winners of Panasonic Kid Witness News 2018 announced

Photo: Panasonic

Awards ceremony held recently in Hanoi.

by Doanh Doanh

The 2018 Panasonic Kid Witness News (KWN) Awards Ceremony has been held by Panasonic to complete this year film-making journey with new emotions and experiences among more than 11,000 students from 35 schools in Hanoi.

Teams from the Thinh Quang Elementary School and the Archimedes Academy Secondary School won first prizes in their respective age levels and will represent Vietnam at the Global Final Round and Awards Ceremony in Japan in the summer of 2019.

For Vietnamese students aged 10 to 18 and conducted over the last 12 years, KWN 2018 broke many records compared to last year. The number of students increased 2.5 times, with 122 attractive scenarios focusing on three topics: the environment, communications, and sport, reflecting their innocent, fresh and unique way of expressing life.

“The Panasonic KWN has attracted over 17,000 students from nearly 100 schools in Vietnam since 2006,” said Mr. Kazuhiro Matsushita, General Director of Panasonic Vietnam. “We look forward to contributing to the development of Vietnam through our efforts to accompany children - the future of this country.”

With careful investment in scripting, this year there were different film genres, including short films, documentaries, and reportage combined with professional image quality supported by Panasonic’s leading audio and visual products.

At KWN 2018, students for the first time participated in a field trip to Ban Lac, Mai Chau commune, in northern Hoa Binh province, in June. “This was a special opportunity for the kids to practice outdoor filming skills that support training provided in the studio,” said Mr. Anh Tuan, Director of the Hanoi Academy of Theater and Cinema. “Moreover, they met famous artists and exchanged knowledges with other teams.”

Fully convincing the judges with good scripts and quality images, the first prize at the primary level went to a team from the Thinh Quang Elementary School with its film “Happy Birthday”, telling the story of an emotional boy called Nam who shared “The day we were born” with his teachers and friends after sulking with his parents. On his mother’s birthday, he prepared a small gift and a full-of-love-whisper: “My birthday is also Mother’s Day, mom.”

The first prize at the secondary level went to a team from the Archimedes Academy Secondary School, thanks to their creativity in script and expression.

In Vietnam, in addition to investment in production and business expansion, Panasonic has also been a pioneer in many social responsibility activities in the field of education and the environment, such as the continuous development of Panasonic Risupia Vietnam, which has welcomed more than 600,000 visitors since 2010, the Panasonic Scholarship program, fostering technological passion among many Vietnamese students and with a total value of more than VND51 billion ($2.1 million), and Global Eco-learning programs, attracting tens of thousands of students around the country.

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