- Vietnamese International Film Festival
First started in 2003, the Vietnamese International Film Festival (also known as ViFF) is a biennial
film festivalorganized by the non-profits Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and UCLAs VietNamese Language and Culture (VNLC). ViFF takes place at the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Los Angeles, and other locations in and near the Little Saigonarea of Orange County, California.
Part film festival and part community-service event, to date ViFF is the only film festival reserved for filmmakers of Vietnamese heritage in the world outside of Vietnam. ViFF 2003 and ViFF 2005 showcased 45 and 38 films (both shorts and features), respectively, directed/produced by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from the U.S., France, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Vietnam. As a result, many films by Vietnamese-heritage filmmakers, both new and previously released, have gathered here. Films by Academy Award nominated director
Tran Anh Hunghave been shown at ViFF. Notable premieres at ViFF include the world premiere of Victor Vu's " First Morning" ("Buoi Sang Dau Nam"), "The Rebel", directed by Charlie Nguyen, and the North American premiere of Pham Nhue Giang's " Deserted Valley" ("Thung Lung Hoang Vang").
In 2007, the eight-day festival took place from
April 12to April 15and from April 19, to April 22. If featured record number of films: a total of 51, including 13 features submitted by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from around the world. The festival opened with the world premiere of the martial arts drama film, "The Rebel", directed by Charlie Nguyenand closed with the feature debut, " Dust of Life", directed by Le Van Kiet. The Spotlight Program on April 14 showcased screenwriter Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, whose work is featured in " Living in Fear", directed by Bui Thac Chuyenand " Journey From the Fall", a film by Ham Tran.
* [http://126.96.36.199/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=22268&z=3 Ðại Hội Ðiện Ảnh Việt Nam Quốc Tế, cái gạch nối hữu hiệu] Người Việt 2005
* [http://www.vietfilmfest.com Official site]
* [http://www.vietfilmfest.com/media/viff2007_trailer.wmv VIFF 2007 Trailer]
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