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The 2014 Wells Fargo Viet Film Fest Shows Remarkable Turnout Over Four Thrilling Days
April 16, 2014
Ysa Le, Co-Director
Thuy Vo-Dang, Public Relations Co-Chair
Viet Film Fest
From April 10-13, 2014 Viet Film Fest (formerly the Vietnamese international Film Festival-ViFF) received unprecedented support from the community, with a turnout of about 4,000 attendees over four days. Turning the corner of a biennial film festival founded in 2003 by the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) to support Vietnamese cinematic story-telling, Viet Film Fest is now an annual event. The festival moved closer to the heart of the Vietnamese community with a majority of the screenings centralized at the UltraLuxe Cinemas at Anaheim Gardenwalk.
Every year the demand continues to increase for Vietnamese voices and visions in cinema, which is why we are excited to launch an online Viet Film Fest Channel to stream past selections and continue to serve as a vehicle for sharing stories widely. You can view films on-demand for a competitive price on our channel: www.VietFilmFest.com, click on Viet Film Fest Channel.
Viet Film Fest 2014 showcased 29 films, including 8 features and 21 short films, from countries all over the world such as Vietnam, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, and (for the first time) Korea. The award recipients this year are:
Grand-Jury Trống Đồng Award: Funny Money (Tiền Chùa) directed by Thien Do
Spotlight Award: Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon directed by Norio Osada
Best Actress: Ninh Dương Lan Ngọc for her performance in Thúy
Best Actor: Khương Ngọc for his performance in Funny Money (Tiền Chùa)
Best Short Film: Burn to Send (Đốt Về Trời) directed by AnDinh Ha
Audience Choice for Best Feature Film: Công Binh: The Last Fighters of Viet Nam directed by Lam Le
Audience Choice for Best Short Film: Hanoi Fly Boy directed by Viet Phuong Dao
Some festival highlights include a packed house of 300 students for Community Day screening at Bowers Museum, and consecutive nights of sold-out screenings at UltraLuxe. Viet Film Fest will continue to engage a global audience while staying strongly connected to the local communities we serve in Southern California. We look forward to recruiting submissions for the 2015 Viet Film Fest!
Founded in 1991 by Vietnamese American journalists, artists and friends, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. VAALA has organized numerous cultural events such as art exhibitions, book fairs, book signings, recitals, plays, lectures, year-long art and music classes, the annual Viet Film Fest, and annual Children's Moon Festival Art Contest.