Vientianale 2015 Overview


The 2015 Vientianale International Film Festival saw thousands of Vientiane community members view more than 80 short and feature films from 28 countries over four days, March 12-15 2015.

Across two venues, daytime screenings at the Cinema Department and evening screenings outdoors at the Cultural Hall, audiences were treated to feature length and shorts films which inspired, delighted, educated, challenged and entertained.

A full side program of events included an acting workshop led by Takato Hosoi and Rie Takatsuka supported by the Japan Foundation; expert industry talks and workshops led by Filipino ‘Boses’ director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil and star Coke Bolipata, award-winning Indonesian documentary-maker Ernest Hariyanto of ‘Jalanan’, Kompin Keamkumned director of Thailand’s first 3D feature film ‘Echo Planet’, guest curators Heinz Hermann director of Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival and visual artist Fabrizio Gilardino, and the Lao New Wave Cinema team behind new Lao feature ‘Vientiane in Love’. Along with talks from the Lao Association for the Deaf and International Union for Conservation of Nature in Laos.

Click here to download the full 2015 Vientianale program book ENGLISH/LAO.


The festival culminated in the showcase of all 22 entries for the annual Vientianale Short Film Competition, which this year tasked Lao filmmakers, and filmmakers based in Laos, with creating a film to the theme ‘Back to the Roots’. The annual competition is a highlight of the festival and celebrates the art of short film and diversity of Lao culture, and has emerged as an important platform for local filmmakers to showcase their work to the public.
The winners of the 2015 Vientianale Short Film Festival are:
1st Prize: Father’s Handprint, directed by Kesone Keola
2nd Prize: Whose Daughter, directed by Anoulek Douangdala
3rd Prize: My Money, directed by Phouthong Luangkhoth
3rd Prize: Roots Life, directed by Ananda Kenchanh
Audience Prize: Whose Daughter, directed by Anoulek Douangdala
Jury’s Special Mention: Gokura Space, directed by Nirankoon Singpraseuth
Jury’s Special Mention: ສັນຕິພາບ ຈົ່ງບັງເກີດ, directed by Thavisab Khamphoumy
Thank you to all 22 entrants – we loved watching your films and so did our packed house audience on the final night! Watch the winning films here.

Sok Dee! Athidxay (Ding) Boundaoheaung, Hélène Ouvrard, Margarete Magiera, Kate Antonas (Vientianale Team)

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