Established in 2003 by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), Viet Film Fest showcases the best creative work by and/or about Vietnamese people and culture. Viet Film Fest's award-winning films have been screened in numerous cities and countries. Now running successfully for over two decades, 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. Viet Film Fest is the largest Vietnamese film festival in the diaspora.

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 a tool for spotlighting our diversity of voices. In our annual tradition, Viet Film Fest will present the Grand-Jury Trống Đồng Award for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and the Spotlight Award. Audience members will also have a chance to vote for the Audience Choice Award for a feature and a short film.

Grand-Jury Trống Đồng Award for Best Feature Film
Grand-Jury Trống Đồng Award for Best Short Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Spotlight Award
Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film
Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film

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.

Films must have English subtitles if they are not in the English language. Rough cuts are acceptable with final film versions shown on October 2024. Early bird deadline is 4/15.

Entries MUST BE UPLOADED ONLINE no later than May 6th. We will announce the final selections in July.

Exhibition Formats:
Feature-length: Digital; D-Cinema (DCP) with required Blu-Ray disc (NTSC)
Short film: Digital; D-Cinema (DCP) with required .MOV file conforming to Apple ProRes 422 HQ (1920 x 1080 24p 48kHz)

**Student entries must attach student ID or proof of enrollment at an accredited university/school and use the promo code VFFSTUDENT in checkout for student pricing.

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

Overall Rating
  • It's a lovely festival where Vietnamese filmmakers can gather and expand the circle of filmmaking. I love how well the festival divides the themes and curate a variety of art forms (not only for films but also for other film-related or film-aspected products) so that every filmmaker could have a chance to shine and get their film seen and heard. I also love that most of the filmmakers that I met this year festival are women. It's just so empowering and inspiring. Hope to see more female filmmakers out there to be seen in more film festivals.

    October 2023
  • Elliot Kotek

    Definitely submit to this festival if you have Vietnamese-themed subject matter! This is a well-run and welcoming festival with engaged audiences. Our film was in the virtual festival, they included a Q&A afterwards along with an artist interview that they promoted. Great connections with other partner arts organizations and other filmmakers in attendance as well.

    October 2023
  • Terry Ngo

    Thank you VAALA and Viet Film Fest for an amazing time! Thank you for holding space for us to recognize our culture, have meaningful conversations, and create movement. The staff, curators, judges, moderators, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone at VFF were professional, kind, and supportive.

    November 2022
  • jamie tran

    What a fantastic experience!! Well put together and amazing staff. Kind, friendly and professional!

    October 2022
  • Ani Vo

    What a great festival that uplifts Vietnamese stories und filmmakers all over the world. We were welcomed very warmly and showed our film TASTE OF HOME in front of an incredible audience with fantastic moderation and Q&A. We had the most wonderful time there and would highly recommend it.

    October 2022