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VAALA (The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association) is excited to announce the highly anticipated return of Viet Film Fest (VFF), the largest international Vietnamese film festival in the diaspora.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Viet Film Fest 2023 will take place virtually from September 30th to October 15th and in-person at The Frida Cinema in Downtown Santa Ana on October 6th to October 7th.
Viet Film Fest was founded in 2003 by members of non-profit VAALA Ysa Le and Tram Le to fill the void of underrepresented films centering around the Vietnamese experience. It is now the largest festival outside of Vietnam promoting Vietnamese cultures, stories, and artists through film. In its earliest beginnings, there were not enough films centering around the Vietnamese experience, thus the festival being a bi-annual event until 2014. As Vietnamese filmmaking has grown throughout the years, Viet Film Fest has been at the forefront of projecting the community’s stories and highlighting the very best of both domestic and international Vietnamese cinema. With 45 short films and 12 features, this year’s Viet Film Fest is expected to be the largest yet!