A well-established highlight of the festival is the annual Vientianale Short Film Competition which attracts entries from emerging filmmaking talent living in Laos. Now in its seventh year, the competition has seen considerable growth in the quantity and quality of the films submitted. Over 150 films have been entered and screened to the public, with several entries going on to represent Lao PDR in international film festivals.
The short film competition shines a spotlight on the talent and potential of Lao filmmakers. Films are judged by an independent jury composed of established Lao filmmakers, arts and media professionals who also hold invaluable feedback sessions and workshops with the entrants after the festival. The competition screening and awards ceremony is held on the final night of the Vientianale.