Calls for Submissions

(Đọc bản tiếng Việt)

Viet Film Fest is looking for creative works from Vietnamese filmmakers and/or those that speak to the Vietnamese experience for our 2019 film festival to be held on October 11-13, 2019 at the AMC Orange 30 (Outlets of Orange). Entry forms can be filled out online at The submission deadline is May 15, 2019 (early bird: April 30, 2019).

Veit Film Fest calls for entries

Feature-length and short productions of any content (not necessarily related to Vietnam or Vietnamese) by persons of Vietnamese descent living anywhere around the world OR productions by anyone about Vietnamese people or culture in the following categories:

  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Animation

*Films must have English subtitles if they are not in the English language.
*Rough cuts are acceptable with final film versions shown in October 2019

Short Film Feature
Early Bird – due 4/30/2019
   Student* $20 $35
   Non-Student $25 $45
Regular Deadline – due 5/15/2019
   Student* $30 $45
   Non-Student $35 $55

*Student entries must attach student ID or proof of enrollment at an accredited university/school

Entries MUST BE UPLOADED ONLINE no later than May 15, 2019. We will announce final selections by early July. Exhibition format:  DCP only.

Screening Committee Awards

The five-member Screening Committee selects the following awards:
Grand Jury Trống Đồng Award (Best Feature Film):
The best feature film is chosen based on several criteria including: production value, artistic merits, storyline, and community relevance.

Best Short Film:
The Best Short Film is selected based on production value, artistic merits, storyline, and community relevance (under 40 minutes).
Spotlight Award:
The Spotlight Award is given to a film that either highlights an important issue or burgeoning filmmaker.
Best Actress:
Honors an actress for her outstanding performance in either a short or feature film.
Best Actor:
Honors an actor for his outstanding performance in either a short or feature film.

Audience Choice Awards

The audience rates each film on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best). The scores are averaged and awarded on the last day of the festival:
Audience Choice for Best Feature Film
Audience Choice for Best Short Film

As the largest international Vietnamese film festival in the world, Viet Film Fest showcases the best creative work by and about Vietnamese people. Our award-winning films have been screened in numerous cities and countries.  Viet Film Fest was created in 2003 by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) to celebrate the many stories about Vietnamese people. Now running successfully for over a decade, the festival has attracted thousands of national and international attention for its stunning showcase of shorts and features submitted from many corners of the world

Through the universal language of film, Viet Film Fest brings together multiple perspectives to expand the scope and horizons of Vietnamese cinema.  As the hub of the Vietnamese movie industry, the festival hosts networking opportunities with prominent directors, media experts, and producers. We are proud to be a central platform for filmmakers of Vietnamese descent to tell their stories the way they want them to be told. Viet Film Fest welcomes your support in our collaborative project to use cinema as tool for spotlighting our diversity of voices. In our annual tradition, Viet Film Fest will present the Grand-Jury Trống Đồng Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film, Best Actor and Best Actress. Audience members will also have a chance to vote for the Audience Choice Award for feature and short films. 

About VAALA: Founded in 1991, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that seeks to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese arts and culture.