Mini-Vientianale 2016 Overview


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.


In addition to our screening program, 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 ‘The Art of Short Filmmaking’ alongside Lao filmmaker Xaisongkham Induangchanthy. Over the course of the workshop, six teams of young filmmakers scripted, filmed and edited six new short films which all premiered at the Cultural Hall after the competition screening. The films were based on a series of contemporary Lao poems, tasking the workshop participants with adapting their own ideas to the themes explored in the poems.

Heinz 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.

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.