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The Wathann Film Fest (Burmese : ဝဿန် ရုပ်ရှင်ပွဲတော်)is a film festival held annually in Yangon, Myanmar, during the rainy season in September. With its launch in 2011, in a time of political transition after the general elections in 2010, it is the first film festival in Myanmar. [1] Entries to the competition are categorized as Short Fiction, Documentary Film, or Other (in 2011 called "New Vision"). [2] Winners of the competition for each award are selected by a jury. The length of films is limited to 15 minutes for fiction, animation, experimental film or video art or 30 minutes for documentary film.

Burmese language language spoken in Myanmar

The Burmese language is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Myanmar where it is an official language and the language of the Bamar people, the country's principal ethnic group. Although the Constitution of Myanmar officially recognizes the English name of the language as the Myanmar language, most English speakers continue to refer to the language as Burmese, after Burma, the older name for Myanmar. In 2007, it was spoken as a first language by 33 million, primarily the Bamar (Burman) people and related ethnic groups, and as a second language by 10 million, particularly ethnic minorities in Myanmar and neighboring countries.

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Yangon Metropolitan City in Yangon Region, Myanmar

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is the capital of the Yangon Region and commercial capital of Myanmar. Yangon served as the administrative capital of Myanmar until 2006, when the military government relocated the administrative functions to the purpose-built city of Naypyidaw [nèpjìdɔ̀] in central Myanmar. With over 7 million people, Yangon is Myanmar's largest city and its most important commercial centre.


The design of the Wathann Film Fest was inspired by the Berlin International Film Festival. [3] The primary mission of the festival is, according to its director and co-founder, Thu Thu Shein, "to improve the standards of local films and inspire directors to produce higher-quality and more artistic films." [4]

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In its 2012 edition, the Wathann Film Fest features a writing contest organized by the NGO Burma Center Prague. [5]

Burma Center Prague organization

Burma Center Prague (BCP) is a non-profit Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Prague, Czech Republic. It has been founded by two individuals in 2006. Its main goal is to achieve human rights, civil rights and democracy in Burma.

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  5. "ဒုတိယအႀကိမ႙ ၀ႆန႙႐ုပ႙ရွင႙ပဲြ႘တာ႙ တြင႙ ခရီးသြား အ႘ၾကာင႙းအရာႏွင့႙ ပတ႙သက႙သည့႙ ၀တၴဳတိုၿပိဳင႙ပဲြႏွင့႙ အက႙႘ဆးၿပိဳင႙ပဲြပါ ထည့႙သြင႙းျပဳလုပ႙မည႙". News-eleven.com. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-06-14.