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 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 and Best Actress. 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
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 September 2023. Early bird deadline is 3/25.

Entries MUST BE UPLOADED ONLINE no later than April 15, 2023. 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/schoo 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
  • 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
  • Logan Thai

    One of the best film festivals out there for supporting emerging filmmakers, especially Vietnamese ones. Definitely recommended.

    October 2022