Vientianale 2017

Welcome to the seventh edition of Vientianale International Film Festival, which will run from 22 to 26 March. Daytime screenings will be held at the Lao Cinema Department and nighttime screenings will be shown at Walking Street, Vientiane’s new outdoor recreation area on the Mekong riverside. All screenings are free and open to the public.


We are excited to announce this year’s programme of 40 feature and short films from around the world. In Love Forever you will see a Lao love story against all odds, in Assassin an action thriller about a female assassin in 9th century China, in Cinema Travellers a documentary about the love for cinema in rural India. With the award-winning films My Life as Zucchini, The Red Turtle, Boy and the World and April and the Extraordinary World, we shine a spotlight on the art of animation filmmaking. With Baby (A)Lone, we offer you a story about growing up in Luxembourg, with Sing Street we follow a young boy’s journey towards love through music in 1980s Ireland, with Captain Fantastic we witness one family’s struggle for happiness in the United States of America. In addition to these and many more outstanding feature length fiction and documentary films, we will screen two short film programmes from interfilm Berlin, Germany’s largest short film festival and our longterm partner, one for adults and one for children.

See our full screening programme HERE or download the programme booklet.

On Sunday, 26 March, the last day of the festival, we will a record number of 41 brand new Lao shorts from our annual short film competition and award the winners. We are thrilled to launch six new award categories within the Vientianale Awards thanks to already established and up-and-coming Lao film production houses. We would like to thank our independent jury of Lao filmmaking and media professionals who had the tough job of selecting the winners among the many great filmmaking talents. Read more about the short film competition, jury and awards HERE.

Once again, we are happy to welcome our international guest filmmakers, producers, actors and festival representatives, so watch out for our discussions and filmmaking workshops.

Last but not least, we have the great pleasure to announce two additional artistic highlights which are part of our film festival:

DANCE PERFORMANCE: MY JOURNEY/ການສະແດງເຕັ້ນ: ການເດີນທາງຂອງຂ້ອຍ

Developed by the Fanglao dance company specially for the Vientianale, My journey is a unique, interactive experience, combining contemporary dance and video. The lives of four teenagers from diverse backgrounds merge into a single journey.
ອອກແບບໂດຍບໍລິສັດຟັງລາວໂດຍສະເພາະສໍາລັບງານວຽງຈັນນານ, ການເດີ່ນທາງຂອງຂ້ອຍ ເປັນການປະສົມປະສານ ການເຕັ້ນແບບປະຍຸກ ແລະ ການໃຊ້ ວິເດໂອ. ຊີວິດໄວໜຸ່ມ 4ຄົນ ທີ່ມາຈາກ ສະຖານທີ່ ທີ່ແຕກຕ່າງກັນ ແລະ ມາລວມຕົວກັນເພື່ອ ເດີ່ນທາງຮ່ວມກັນ.

Sunday, 26th March, at Walking street, 20h/ວັນທິດທີ່ 26 ເດືອນມີນາ ທີ່ຖະໜົນຄົນເດີນ, 8ໂມງແລງ

ງານວາງສະແດງ ສີລະປະ: “ສີ້ນສ່ວນ” ສຽງຂອງຮູບເງົາລາວ

An audio, image and text installation created by Catherine O’Brien. Fragments explores memories of early cinema houses, village outdoor screenings and contemporary film viewing. Based on recorded interviews, discussions with the local community and researched images, this work captures moments from cinema in Laos.
ການວາງສະແດງ ສຽງ, ພາບ ແລະ ບົດຂຽນ ຈັດໂດຍ ກາເຕີຣີນ ໂອບຽນ. “ສີ້ນສ່ວນ” ໄດ້ນໍາສະເໜີ ຄວາມສົງຈໍາຂອງຄົນລາວກ່ຽວກັບໂຮງສາຍຮູບເງົາ, ການສາຍຮູບເງົາຕາມບ້ານ ແລະ ການທົດລອງອື່ນໆ ອີງໃສ່ ບົດສໍາພາດ ແລະ ການສົນທະນາກັບຄົນທ້ອງຖິ່ນ.

Exhibition opening: Friday, 23rd March, 18h/ງານເປີດໂຕ ວັນສຸກທີ່ 23 ເດືອນມີນາ, 6ໂມງແລງ

From 23rd to 29th March, all day, at i:cat gallery/ເປີດລະຫວ່າງ 23-39, ໝົດມື້ ທີ່ ຫ້ອງວາງສະແດງໄອແຄັດ


This year, Vientianale is generously supported by our Gold Sponsors Walking Street and Cornetto Laos (Unilever), our Silver Sponsors, the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Goethe Institute Thailand, and the Delegation of the European Union to Laos and our Bronze Sponsors, the Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of Canada, Suntara Restaurant, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Embassy of the Philippines and the Republic of the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Embassy of Australia, the German Adult Education Association (DVV), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the Swiss Embassy, and the French Cultural Institute. We thank all our generous donors for making this festival possible and free cultural highlight for all of Vientiane.

We would also like also like to extend our gratitude to our Media partners at Chillax productions, Guru, Tholakhong and 1000000 share and the Lao Press Association.

We hope you enjoy the festival!

Vientianale team