Selections from the 2016 Vientianale Short Film Competition

The Vientianale International Film Festival celebrates the art of film and the diversity of Lao culture in Laos’ capital city. The annual festival showcases an exciting program of international feature and short films, while emerging as an important platform for local filmmakers to screen their works. One of the highlights of the festival is its annual short film competition to promote filmmaking in Laos. This year’s competition saw a record 39 entries received from filmmakers across Laos. For the first time, there was no competition theme, allowing filmmakers to demonstrate their talents and imaginations on a subject of their choice.

All films are in Lao language with English subtitles.
The full selection will be screened every day at 10am.

  • Without Mindfulness // Novice Bouasy // 7’ // First Prize
    A day in the life of a young monk in Luang Prabang.
  • 300 Seconds // Palinya Xayyamongkhoun // 7’ // Outstanding Technical Achievement
    Women students battle forces of evil in this Lao sci-fi film.
  • Ain’t Alone // Anawin Symoukda // 7’
    A young man's chance encounters with people on the street.
  • The Bag // Khampa Phimmachack, Tonick Bouddasien // 7’
    A little bag of horrors.
  • Monk Noy // Hutsadee Outhathip // 6’ // Lao New Wave Special Award for Promising Filmmaker
    A young man's stony path from drugs to monkhood.
  • Phralak Phralam (The Story behind the Mask) // Houmphanph Phahongchanh // 6’
    A documentary about the role of music and dance in the life of a man from Luang Prabang.
  • Don't Tell Me How To Be Perfect // Sophie Vongkhamsao // 2’ // Third Prize (Tied)
    A young female student finds her place in the world through dance.
  • Your Choice // Pongphone Lammanggoun // 7’ // Lao New Wave Special Award for Promising Filmmaker
    A young man struggles to resist temptation.
  • Sinh // Mitpasa Sittihankpanya // 7’ // Second Prize
    Two orphaned sisters try to make it in the big city.
  • Melody of a Bamboo // Ka Xiong // 6’ // Special Mention for Outstanding Cinematography
    A Hmong man makes a flute.
  • The Office // Souphalack Keomaneekone // 6’ // Audience Prize
    Strange things happen at the office overnight.
  • Smack That Mosquito // Soukthavone Panyaphon // 6’ // Third Prize (Tied)
    A little mosquito can have a big impact.