VIENTIANALE ON THE ROAD
Vientianale On The Road is a series of mobile screenings of new Lao short and feature films, along with filmmaking workshops and activities, in remote areas of Lao PDR. Due to the limited number of movie theatres operating in the country – there are just two cinemas operating full-time in Vientiane – the program brings vibrant and varied films to provincial Laos.
The first edition of On The Road from December 2013 – February 2014 and November 2014 – December 2014 saw over 8000 community members watch films over 100 villages across Xieng Khouang, Luang Namtha, Houaphan, Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Saravan, Xekong and Attapeu provinces. Daytime screenings are held at schools, while evening screenings are organised in chief kumban villages.
Following on from this successful first tour, Vientianale is currently running on the second edition of On The Road from December 2015 – March 2016 in five new provinces: Xayaboury, Bokeo, Savannakhet, Khammouane and Champassak.
Screenings are being held in five villages and six schools per province as well as in the provincial capital of each visited province, making it a total of 35 schools and 35 villages. The screening program will focus on films produced in Lao PDR, with a selection of recent Lao feature and short films including the best of Vientianale’s recent short film competitions.
The Vientianale organising committee collaborate with Lao media and education organisation Doklao Media Centre’s team of volunteers to organise and facilitate the screenings in the provinces as well as the games and film-related activities that run alongside the screenings.
WORKSHOPS ON THE ROAD
With capacity development and film education as a core goal, Vientianale offers free filmmaking workshops in each provincial capital visited. The program also incorporates interactive film-themed activities for students during school visits run in conjunction with volunteers from Doklao.
Established Lao filmmakers from Lao New Wave Cinema conduct workshops focussing on basic shooting techniques and editing with limited equipment (mobile phones and basic cameras) to encourage film production among the provincial youth.
Each workshop runs for about three days and is held prior to the screenings. Short films are produced as the result of each workshop, which are then screened to celebrate the students’ achievements.
In mid-January 2014 Vientianale on the road traveled to Houaphan and in February 2014 was touring Oudomxay and Phongsaly provinces. The southern tour visited Saravan, Xekong and Attapeu provinces from November to December 2014.