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 programme of international feature and short films, emerging as an important platform for local filmmakers to screen their works. All Vientianale are free and open to the public.
THAT’S A WRAP: 2016 MINI VIENTIANALE CLOSES WITH LAO FILMMAKING TALENT
The 2016 Mini Vientianale Short Film Festival saw hundreds of Vientiane community members view more than 90 short films from 30 countries over three days, March 11-13.
The festival screening program aims to share the best of recent international short filmmaking with Vientiane, and to showcase Lao filmmakers to the world.
Across two venues, day and evening screenings at the Cinema Department and the Short Film Competition at the Cultural Hall, audiences were treated to a broad and exciting program of shorts which inspired, delighted, educated, challenged and entertained.
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, Lao Asia Pacific Breweries, Seng Lao Café, the German Development Bank (KFW), the German Adult Education Association (DVV), RB Pharmacy, Lao Consulting Group, the British Council and the French Cultural Institute.
SEE OUR FULL SCREENING PROGRAM HERE
2016 VIENTIANALE SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Following a fantastic screening of all 39 entries into this year’s Vientianale Short Film Competition, along with six shorts created in the Art of Short Filmmaking workshop run throughout the Mini Vientianale, the winners were announced at the Cultural Hall on Sunday, March 13!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Vientianale Short Film Festival:
1st Prize: Without Mindfulness ຂາດສະຕິ, directed by Novice BOUASY ສຳມະເນນ ບົວສີ
2nd Prize: Sinh ສິ້ນຜືນສຸດທ້າຍ, directed by Mitpasa SITTIHANKPANYA ນາງ ມິດປະຊາ ສິດທິປັນຍາ
3rd Prize: Smack That Mosquito ຕົບຍຸງ, directed by Soukthavone PANYAPHONE ທ້າວ ສຸຖາວອນ ປັນຍາພອນ
3rd Prize: Don’t Tell Me How To Be Perfect ຢ່າບອກຂ້ອຍວ່າຈະເຣັດແນວໃດໃຫ້ສົມບູນແບບ, directed by Sophie VONGKHAMSAO ນາງ ໂສພີ ວົງຄຳຊາວ
Audience Prize: The Office ຫ້ອງການ, directed by Souphalack KEOMANEEKONE ທ້າວ ສຸພາລັກ ແກ້ວມະນີກອນ
Lao New Wave Special Award for Promising Filmmaker: Monk Noy ສຳມະເນນນ້ອຍ, directed by Hutsadee OUTHATHIP ທ້າວ ຫັດສະດີ ອຸທາທິບ
Lao New Wave Special Award for Promising Filmmaker: Your Choice ທາງເລືອກ, directed by Pongphone LAMMANGGOUN ທ້າວ ປອງພອນ ລຳມັງກຸນ
Special Mention for Outstanding Technical Achievement: 300 Seconds 300 ວິນາທີ, directed by Palinya XAYYAMONGKHOUN ທ້າວ ປະລິນຍາ ໄຊຍະມົງຄຸນ
Special Mention for Outstanding Cinematography: Melody of Bamboo ສຽງດົນຕີຈາກໄມ້ໄຜ່, Ka XIONG ທ້າວ ກາ ຊົງ
Thank you to all our 39 entrants – we loved watching your films and so did our packed house audience!
SEE THE FULL LIST OF ENTRIES AND MEET OUR GUEST JURY HERE
This year Mini Vientianale welcomed guest filmmakers and festival representatives from across the globe who led workshops and discussions across the festival. Heinz Hermanns, director of interfilm Short Film Festival Berlin, led a three-day workshop in short filmmaking alongside Lao filmmaker Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, and also presented a curated selection of interfilm shorts for both adults and children; Binisaya Film Festival representative and film professor Paul Douglas Grant led a screening and discussion in Cebuano short film; Filipino filmmakers Petersen Vargas and Martika Ramirez Escobar presented their latest short films ‘Lisyun qng Geografia (Geography Lessons)’ and ‘Pusong Bato (Stone Heart)’; director Somchanrith Chap from Cambodia presented his film ‘A Fistful of Pebbles’; and German filmmaker and film professor Michael Brynntrup presented a screening and discussion on experimental filmmaking.
MEET OUR GUESTS HERE