The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (April 26-28, 2013) is a biennial film and video showcase centering Vietnamese filmmakers in Việt Nam and the diaspora—reflecting the transnational nature of Vietnamese people today. The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (SFGVFF) is the first and only festival of its kind in the Bay Area. With an Opening Night Gala ($10, 7:30-10pm,  April 26) at Artists’ Television Access (992 Valencia St), featuring a night of music, mixing, mingling, and open mic, with short poetry readings by Việt Lê (director of Love Bang!), Genny Lim, Bonnie Kwong, and Paul Ocampo. After the kick-off party, the film festival itself runs from 2:30pm to midnight Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2013, at the historic Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) in the Mission district of San Francisco. The festival expects over 2,000 attendees, and is proud to be part of the 16th annual United States of Asian America Festival (APICC/SFAC).

Over 20 films from all over the world—including Việt Nam, Cambodia, Canada, France, Japan, Czech Republic, and the United States—will be showcased at our two-day festival. This year, the SFGVFF features narrative, documentary, and experimental films and videos by Cuong Ngo (Pearls of the Far East), Đỗ Quốc Trung (On Duty With Shu Qi), Duc Nguyen (sneak preview of Stateless), Hong-An Troung (Adaptation Fever series), Leon Le (Dawn), Lin+Lam (Departure), Mark Tran (All About Dad), Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang (Un Interrogatoire), Nguyễn Đình Anh (Uncle & Son), a retrospective by Nguyễn Trinh Thi, Phương Thảo Trần and Swann Debus (With Or Without Me), Tony Nguyen (Enforcing The Silence), Trần Anh Hùng (Norwegian Wood), Trần Dũng Thanh Huy (16-30), Trần Ngọc Sáng (Go Playing With Ice), and Việt Lê (Love Bang!). The festival is pleased to feature introductory talks and Q&A discussion with filmmakers/directors Việt Lê, Duc Nguyen, and Tony Nguyen.

Each screening is $10, and may include multiple films or events. Tickets available at EventBrite.

Our festival is sponsored in part by Zellerbach Family Foundation, Diamond Patron Jerome Dodson, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, and San Francisco Arts Commission.


On April 23 2011, DVAN organized the first San Francisco Diasporic Vietnamese Film Festival (our former name) at San Francisco State University’s Coppola Theater. This was the first ever Bay Area film festival exclusively featuring Vietnamese filmmakers and performers. The festival was well attended, as over 350 people watched thirteen films throughout the day—a stunning selection of back-to-back films. The selections included Fading Light (Theo Hướng Đèn Mà Đi), Mother Fish, Unidentified Vietnam No. 18, Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh, Kore, Eikleipsis, Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life, PIRATED!, Forever Linda!, Forever Bottom!, Touch, Sunday Menu, and Don’t Be Afraid, Bi! (Bi, Đừng Sợ!). Touch was followed by an actor Q&A, with Long Nguyen and Bety Le, moderated by author Andrew Lam. After the final film screened, attendees were reluctant to leave. Together they begged for the festival as an annual event. This indicates that the audience and the demand exist for a diasporic/global Vietnamese film festival in San Francisco. The event was highly successful, with a packed theater throughout the day, and at the close of the night, with excited filmgoers affirming the need for Vietnamese film programming for the Bay Area.

—Featured narrative, documentary, and experimental films from Vietnam, the US, Germany, and Australia.

—Sponsored by Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and the Asian American Studies Department at SFSU.

—Co-sponsored by the SF Asian American Film Festival (CAAM), Zellerbach Family Foundation, APICC, VASC, and Vietnamese International Film Festival (VIFF).

—Directed by Julie Thi Underhill, co-directed by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and curated by Lan Duong and Viet Nguyen.


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