About Festivals

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The Vientiane International Film Festival is a film festival held in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Founded in 2009 as the country’s first international 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.

Originally a biannual event, 2014 marked the inaugural edition of the Mini Vientianale, a festival dedicated to short film. March 2016 saw the second Mini Vientianale Short Film Festival roll out in Vientiane, attracting audiences of over 1,500 people over a full three-day program.

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.

The festivals also incorporate a well-rounded public program of free workshops, discussions and meet-and-greets with visiting international film industry professionals. This allows for emerging Lao-based filmmakers to develop their skills, and provides valuable networking opportunities for established Lao filmmakers.

SEE OUR FULL 2016 MINI VIENTIANALE SCREENING PROGRAM HERE

SEE OUR 2016 MINI VIENTIANALE WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION PROGRAM HERE