The Vientiane International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Originally founded as a bi-annual event in 2009 by a group of German film-buffs, Vientianale became the country’s first film festival. Vientianale has already run six successful editions, with a combined audience of more than 10,000 people. Organised by a team of Lao and international coordinators, the event has the full support of the Lao government as well as local and international organisations and embassies.
Due to popular demand, in 2013 the festival launched Mini Vientianale, Laos’ first dedicated short film festival. The first Mini Vientianale attracted audiences of 800 people over two nights, and the event returned to Vientiane on Friday 11 to Sunday 13 March 2016 with even more films, workshops, an artistic side programme and a huge audience.
Both Vientianale and Mini Vientianale screen a wide range of Lao and international films, with the aim to bring the best in filmmaking to the Vientiane community. From experimental shorts to acclaimed feature films, animation to documentaries, the festival celebrates the art of film and the diversity of Lao culture, emerging as an important platform for local filmmakers to screen their works.
In 2013 the festival launched its provincial outreach programme, Vientianale On The Road, which brings the best of Lao cinema and filmmaking workshops to remote areas of the country. Mobile screenings have so far been conducted in schools and villages in eight Lao provinces in 2013-2014, with audiences of over 15,000 people. The 2015 Vientianale On The Road focused on five provinces in the south of Laos. We extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The next round of Vientianale on the Road will start at the end of 2017.
Vientianale is facilitated by a dedicated team of Lao and international volunteers with a passion for sharing world cinema with Laos and promoting and developing local filmmaking talent.
The core organising team of Athixay (Ding) Boundaoheaung, Hélène Ouvrard and Margarete Magiera are supported by a team of invaluable volunteers including filmmakers, students and enthusiastic community members.
So here is a big kop chai lai lai (thank you) to all our well-wishers, supporters and active volunteers who help bring Vientianale to the Vientiane community!