Kong Director And Tourism Ambassador To Inspire Next Generation
While announcing a USD$90,000 scholarship fund to support two Vietnamese students to further their studies in the arts in America, Jordan Vogt-Roberts talked up two other things close to his heart; the importance of female voices in Vietnamese cinema, and his plans to bring ‘several’ big budget films, as well as a ‘high quality’ TV series to Vietnam.
Contributing a portion of his own money to fund the scholarships, which will be made available in 2018, the Kong: Skull Island director – who has recently moved to Vietnam – was upbeat about several projects he’s begun working on here, and called himself a ‘film geek’ during a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City. Asked about them, he was reticent to reveal details, but was keen to emphasise the need for Vietnam to encourage more female voices in its cinema, singling out close friend and fellow director Ngo Thanh Van as an example. “Female voices are so important,” he said, “and when I look at someone like Ngo Thanh Van, she’s a huge inspiration, so I would hope that’s she’s also a huge inspiration to girls and youth in Vietnam.”
The scholarships will be open to all Vietnamese students with an interest in careers in film, photography, scriptwriting, fashion, acting, dance or design. Vogt-Roberts is in negotiations with several top American universities to host the successful recipients.