(KPL) The annual Vientianale International Film Festival will fall on Mar 22-26 with an exciting and diverse programme of 40 feature and short films from 25 countries, including award-winning productions.
Daytime screenings will take place at the Cinema Department (Ban Kaonyot) everyday beginning at 10 am.
Open air cinema screenings will be held at the Walking Street by the Mekong River every night beginning at 7 pm. All screenings are free.
A well-established annual event, the Vientianale short film competition awards ceremony will take place on Mar 26 at the Walking Street. The competition has grown into a real springboard for aspiring Lao filmmakers to showcase their talent with a record-breaking 42 entries submitted this year, including submissions from the provinces of Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang and Champassak.
An independent jury composed of established filmmakers and film professionals will bring their experience and knowledge to judge these new talents.
This year’s jury consists of Mr Anyxay Keola, Lao New Wave Cinema’s leading filmmaker, Jear Pacific, the well-known comedian and director of the hit Really Love, Mr Douangmany Soliphanh, actor and producer at Lao Art Media, Mrs Simmany Keokene, representing the Department of Cinema under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, and Korean filmmaker Ms Young Ran Kim who teaches film at Dong Dok University.
The Vientianale awards are growing into a major event in 2017 with a total of 11 awards, including 6 new categories. The best film will receive prize money of 8 million kip (almost US$1,000). The second and third best movies will be awarded 5 million and 3 million kips respectively.
Lao New Wave Cinema will also reward the film it deems the most promising for the second time.
Vientianale is very excited to partner with no less than five Lao production houses this year to open six new award categories. Lao New Wave Cinema, Lao Art Media, Mind Media (formerly Doklao Media), Lao Motion Pictures and the newly established Cine Art will provide prize money for best director, best actress, best actor, best original screenplay, best editing and best sound.
The festival has received the generous support of Walking Street, Unilever, the Embassy of Luxembourg in Laos, Crowne Plaza Vientiane, Goethe Institut Bangkok, the Delegation of the European Union in Laos, the US Embassy, the Office of the Embassy of Canada in Laos, Suntara restaurant, the German Embassy, the Embassy of the Philippines, the Australian Embassy, DVV and SDC.
Source: Lao News Agency