Film Competition

  • Southeast Asia Film

    Southeast Asia Film

    The Southeast Asia Film Category Competition at HIFF is a dedicated showcase of the vibrant and diverse cinema emerging from the Southeast Asian region. This category celebrates the unique voices, rich cultural tapestries, and compelling narratives of Southeast Asian filmmakers. It offers a spotlight on the cinematic treasures of this dynamic part of the world.

  • First or Second Film

    First or Second Film

    Celebrating Emerging Filmmakers and Their Debut Works. The Best First or Second Film Category Competition is a dedicated segment within the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival (HIFF) that recognizes and celebrates emerging talents in the world of cinema. This competition provides a spotlight for the debut or second films by new directors, showcasing […]

  • Short Film

    Short Film

    Celebrating the Art of Short Filmmaking The Short Films Category Competition is a special showcase within the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival (HIFF) dedicated to the art of short filmmaking. It provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to tell captivating stories in a condensed format, exploring the depths of creativity within […]

Gala Film



    KORE-EDA HIROKAZU The inaugural Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival (HIFF 2024) is honored to announce the participation of world-renowned Japanese director, Kore-eda Hirokazu, as a distinguished icon of global cinema. Kore-eda Hirokazu, a leading figure in Japanese cinema, is celebrated worldwide for his unique style of portraying human life through simple yet profound […]

  • The Artistry Trilogy

    The Artistry Trilogy

    Spotlight on Mastery In an homage that surpasses the confines of the traditional viewing experience, we are delighted to introduce the “Special Artist” segment, an illustrious highlight of our festival dedicated to the visionary prowess of Director Kim Jee Woon. This exceptional segment will showcase three remarkable films, each underscoring the creativity, adaptability, and compelling […]



    Boléro – Anne Fontaine Logline: Discover the mystery behind the most famous tune in the world. Title: Boléro Genre: Biopic Theme: Music Director: Anne Fontaine Cast: Raphaël Personnaz, Doria Tillier, Jeanne Balibar, Vincent Perez, etc. Country: France The film about classical music, “Boléro,” directed by Anne Fontaine, will officially open the first Ho Chi Minh […]

  • Closing Film

    Closing Film

    As the curtains draw to a close on this magnificent celebration of cinema, we are delighted to present the Closing Film of the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival. It is with a sense of both nostalgia and fulfillment that we invite you to join us in this final cinematic reverie, a crowning jewel […]

  • World Canvas

    World Canvas

    World Cine and Asia Today In this vibrant celebration of global cinema, we are proud to present the “World Cine and Asia Today Selection,” a curated collection that encapsulates the pulse of contemporary storytelling from around the globe, with a special focus on the dynamic narratives emerging from Asia. As we navigate through the diverse […]

  • Cinematic Crossroads

    Cinematic Crossroads

    HIFF is a journey that transcends borders to celebrate deep connections between cities, countries worldwide, and Vietnam. This year, HIFF proudly presents the “Cinematic Crossroads: Spotlight on a City/Country” category, specially curated to honor the special bond with cities or countries that share a significant connection with Ho Chi Minh City. This edition shines a […]

  • Vietnam Panorama

    Vietnam Panorama

    Welcome to a celebration of the rich tapestry of Vietnamese cinema at the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival (HIFF). In the spirit of honoring the homegrown talent and storytelling prowess that defines the cinematic landscape of Vietnam, we are thrilled to present the “Vietnam Panorama Selection.” This carefully curated selection is more than […]

  • Ho Chi Minh City on Screen

    Ho Chi Minh City on Screen

    Welcome to a cinematic celebration that brings the vibrant pulse of Ho Chi Minh City to the silver screen—the “HCMC on Screen Selection” at the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival. In a nod to the city’s rich tapestry, cultural dynamism, and creative spirit, this selection proudly showcases films that are intrinsically tied to […]