Netflix, BHD host dubbing contest in Vietnam

October 21, 2021 | 01:30 am PT
Netflix has partnered with BHD to launch a dubbing talent program called "Voice of Wonder" in Vietnam, with the casting call open from Oct. 18.

"Voice of Wonder" marks Netflix’s first-ever dubbing contest in Asia Pacific, aimed at supporting the development of Vietnam’s dubbing and creative industry and raising greater awareness of dubbing expertise in the film industry.

The national program creates a platform for Vietnamese passionate about dubbing to learn from some of the leading experts in the country.

The contest also aims to celebrate the return of Vietnam Film Festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Vietnam Cinema Department, with the finals taking place next month in Hue.

Anyone over 16 years old are welcome to participate. Contestants could also stand the chance to become voice actors for future Netflix and BHD projects.

"Dubbing is not just about localizing the voice of a character. The voice actor also needs to know how to act and express emotions," an organizer said.

poster of Korean Cultural Centers Covid-19 design contest. Photo courtesy of the center.

"Voice of Wonder" poster. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Deputy Director of Cinema, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, said this is an opportunity for the audience, especially young people, to further understand dubbing.

"We hope there would be many more projects like Miracle Sound co-organized by foreign companies like Netflix to help develop Vietnamese cinema."

Dennis Chau, director of Dubbing - APAC, Netflix, said: "Dubbing is a key element in enabling entertainment fans to enjoy content from all around the world, and bringing local stories to a global audience. With our first-ever national Dubbing Contest in Asia Pacific taking place in Vietnam, we look forward to hearing the voices of Vietnam and supporting the development of the local creative community."

Dennis Chau, Director of Dubbing - APAC, Netflix

Dennis Chau, director of Dubbing - APAC, Netflix. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Nguyen Phuong Hoa, director of the Department of International Cooperation, said the initiative underscores international cooperation between Vietnamese and foreign companies like Netflix, bringing new opportunities for Vietnam's dynamic film market.

"Voice of Wonder" is held in celebration of Vietnam Film Festival. Started in 1970, the long-standing film festival honors excellent cinematographic works of various genres in Vietnam.

This year, due to the pandemic, the film festival will be shortened to only three days, from Nov. 18 to 20.

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