The Vientianale International Film Festival celebrates the art of film and the diversity of Lao culture in the country’s capital, Vientiane. The annual festival showcases an exciting program of international feature and short films, emerging as an important platform for local filmmakers to screen their works.
The Mini Vientianale International Short Film Festival returns to the silver screen from March 11-13 2016. The festival showcases an exciting line-up of national and international short films to the Vientiane community both indoors for daytime screenings and under the stars in the evenings at the Cinema Department, off Khouvieng Road.
The final evening of the festival on March 13 will be held at the Cultural Hall for the screenings and awards ceremony of the annual Vientianale Short Film Competition.
All screenings are free and open to the public.
This year’s program is shaping up to be as diverse and captivating as ever, with 90 short films from more than 30 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. The short films span multiple genres including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, storytelling and experimental – and none run longer than 30 minutes.
Special features include award-winning films from the Berlinale International Film Festival, British Academy of Film and Television, Binisaya Short Film Festival in Cebu (Philippines) – along with a discussion on Cebuano film from Binisaya director Paul Douglas, Chaktomuk Short Film Festival in Cambodia, and a selection of shorts from Interfilm Berlin – Germany’s biggest short film festival – handpicked by Interfilm director and festival guest Heinz Hermanns.
Families will not want to miss the Spotlight on Luxembourg on Saturday afternoon which showcases some of the country’s finest animated films, including Oscar winning short Monsieur Hublot. The children’s program also includes whimsical shorts from KuKi International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth, and Kids Docs – a collection of short documentaries.
Mini Vientianale Short Film Festival, in partnership with the Cinema Department and DokLao Media Centre is generously supported by the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Goethe Institute, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Lao Coca Cola Bottling Company, the Delegation of the European Union to Laos, the British Embassy to Laos, the Embassy of the Philippines, the Republic of the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Heineken Beer Company, Seng Lao Café, the German Development Bank (KFW), the German Adult Education Association (DVV), the British Council and the French Cultural Institute. With thanks to Vidéographe, Yangon Film School, Chaktomuk Film Festival, Chomp-a, Tuk Tuk Safari.