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Countdown to ViFF 2013 Kicks Off this Weekend

Posted in Arts & Culture, Little Saigon, The Santa Ana Sentinel by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on February 28, 2013

SANTA ANA – The 6th biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) will launch a press conference and red-carpet party to announce its official line up. The launch event will take place on Friday, March 1, 2013, from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at VAALA Cultural Center, 1600 N. Broadway, suite 210, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The event is free and open to the public.

ViFF is set for 8 days, from April 4-7 & 11-14, 2013 at Edwards University Town Center 6 (Irvine), UC Irvine, UCLA, and Bowers Museum (Santa Ana). The film festival will feature 69 films, including a record number of 18 features, directed and produced from filmmakers all over the world including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Vietnam and the United States. For the second time, Wells Fargo is the Title Sponsor of the film festival.

Opening Night and Closing Night films as well as Inspiration and Spotlight Awards will be announced at the press conference. Special guests for the night include producers, filmmakers and actors Dan Tran (House in the Alley), Le Van Kiet (Dust of Life, House in the Alley), Van M. Pham (Beyond the Mat), John Wynn (Beyond the Mat), Teresa Michelle Lee (The Crumbles, Beyond the Mat), Frank Lin (Battle B Boys), Jonathan Phan (Battle B Boys), and the legendary Kieu Chinh (Joy Luck Club, Journey from the Fall).

The program:

6:00 – 6:45 PM: Walk the red carpet with a star-studded list of producers, filmmakers, and actors

6:45 – 8:30 PM: Preview the official ViFF 2013 trailer and trailers of selected films. Take part in a press conference and hear from internationally acclaimed directors via Skype: Tran Anh Hung (Norwegian Wood) from Paris Charlie Nguyen (Love Puzzle) and Victor Vu (Scandal) from Saigon.

8:30 – 10:00 PM: Top the evening off with phenomenal musical and dance performances by Truc Linh, Giana Nguyen, Anhabelle, Chosen, Battle B Boys and DJ South.

For more information on ViFF, please visit http://www.VietFilmFest.com . Tickets will be on sale starting the third week of March.

ABOUT ViFF

Established in 2003, ViFF is organized every two years by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and the Vietnamese Language & Culture (VNLC). The mission of ViFF is to support, celebrate, and project a diversity of visions and voices from filmmakers of Vietnamese descent and films by, for, and about the Vietnamese people and culture.

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