Deadline: May 15, 2020
(Early bird: April 30, 2020)

Festival Dates October 9-11, 2020

The mission of Viet Film Fest is to celebrate Vietnamese stories and voices in cinema.

Viet Film Fest was created in 2003 by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA). As the largest international Vietnamese film festival of its kind in the world, Viet Film Fest showcases the best creative work by and about Vietnamese people. Through the universal language of film, Viet Film Fest brings together multiple perspectives to expand the scope and horizons of Vietnamese cinema.
Our award-winning films have been screened in numerous cities and countries. For over a decade, the festival has attracted thousands of national and international attention for its stunning showcase of shorts and features submitted from all over the world. As the hub of the Vietnamese movie industry, the festival hosts networking opportunities with prominent directors, media experts, and producers, including Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya), Tony Bui (Three Seasons), Ham Tran (Journey from the Fall), Victor Vu (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), Ngo Thanh Van (The Tailor), and Charlie Nguyen (Fool for Love).
Viet Film Fest is looking for creative works from Vietnamese filmmakers and/or those that speak to the Vietnamese experience for our 2020 film festival to be held on October 9-11, 2020 at the AMC Orange 30 (The Outlets at Orange). Entry forms can be filled out online at The submission deadline is May 15, 2020 (Early Bird April 30, 2020).

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.

The following awards will be presented:
Grand Jury Trống Đồng Award for Best Feature
Grand Jury Trống Đồng Award for Best Short
Best Actor
Best Actress
Spotlight Award

Feature-length and short productions of any content (not necessarily related to Vietnam) by persons of Vietnamese descent OR productions by anyone (including non-Vietnamese) about Vietnamese people or culture
Entries from all around the world are accepted
Films must have English subtitles if they are not in the English language.
Rough cuts are acceptable with final film versions shown in October 2020.

Short Film (Run time: 40 min or less) or Feature Film (Run time: 41 min or more)

Please submit your film once to the categoriese that most suitable for your film. If our programmers think your film may be suitable for another category, it will be recommended for further consideration.
If your film is submitted to the wrong category, you are responsible for any changes in submission fees. If the new category has a higher fee, you are responsible for paying the difference or risk ineligibility. We do not offer refunds.

All submitted works should have been completed on or after August 1, 2020.

Feature-length: DCP ONLY with required back-up Bluray copy
Short film: DCP ONLY with required back-up .mov file in Apple ProRes 422 HQ (1920×1080 24p 48kHz)

Password-protected links on Vimeo or other platforms (Vimeo preferred)

Director’s statement (optional)
Director’s bio
Cast and crew listing
If your film is selected for exhibition, you are responsible for delivering the exhibition copy and other materials, such as trailer, poster, screener link, and press stills by the May 15 deadline. The Festival will use your materials for print and online promotion to maximize exposure of your film.
In the case that you need to update your materials, you’re allowed to re-submit ONCE by the deadline.


Deadline for all films:
Early Bird: April 30, 2020
Regular: May 15, 2020

Early Bird
Regular Deadline
Short Film
Feature Film
**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, 2020. We will announce final selections by mid July. Exhibition format: DCP only.
The Festival does not provide waivers. We understand the severe financial restrictions among many of our artists. However, we are a non-profit organization that also operates under limitations on resources and the entry fees allow us to produce the best possible festival to showcase your works. We encourage all artists to submit by the Early Bird deadline.

Digital media of invited entries must be sent to the Festival, pre-paid, by September 1. Viet Film Fest only pays for return shipments of prints. We cannot return international materials, so we highly recommended sending online.
DCP capability is limited and dependent on the screening venue. DCP must be approved by SimpleDCP. Viet Film Fest is not responsible for any shipping expenses of unapproved print formats. Please be prepared to have an alternate print format available. If approved for DCP, you must provide a backup format (such as Blu-ray or a digital file).

Invited entries in the language(s) other than English must be subtitled in English.

Viet Film Fest reserves the right to cancel your screening with or without notice if the film is no longer suitable for the program.

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