Renamed as San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, 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) remains as the first and only festival of its kind in the Bay Area. With an Opening Night Gala at Artists’ Television Access, featuring a night of music, mixing, mingling, and open mic, with short poetry readings by Việt Lê, Genny Lim, Bonnie Kwong, and Paul Ocampo. The film festival (Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2013), screened at the historic Roxie Theater featured over 20 films from all over the world—including Việt Nam, Cambodia, Canada, France, Japan, Czech Republic, and the United States—
- 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)
- Nguyễn Trinh Thi, Phương Thảo Trần and Swann Debus (With Or Without Me) Retrospective
- Tony Nguyen (Enforcing The Silence)
- Trần Anh Hùng (Norwegian Wood)
- Trần Dũng Thanh Huy(16-30)
- Trần Ngọc Sáng (Go Playing With Ice)
- Việt Lê (Love Bang!)
The festival featured introductory talks and Q&A discussion with filmmakers/directors Việt Lê, Duc Nguyen, and Tony Nguyen.
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.