Singapore (April 12) Agoda.es, global site of hotel reservations with base in Asia and part of Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PLCN), announced special rates for the period of the International Festival of cinema Vientianale. Set for next May 12 and with a calendar of events that extends until May 15, the second International Festival of film Vientianale presents the best of film talent of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Under the theme yesterday, today, tomorrow, the event presents proposals for local and international filmmakers to be screened over four nights. The first edition of the Vientianale was made in 2009, with more than 20 short films from local production and a selection of international productions. This year, the festival will feature short films, documentaries, children’s films and feature films; productions that will be awarded in three categories: participation open, short films and stars on the rise. Participation open category receives a plurality proposals, while participants in the short film category must adhere to the theme yesterday, today, tomorrow.
The rising stars category invites aspiring filmmakers in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, under the age of 16, under the motto we are the future. One of the unique features of this category is that all works should have been filmed entirely with mobile phone camera. In addition to an extensive programme of films, the Vientianale offers a feast in which are presented the most outstanding musicians of Laos. Other actions of promotion of the seventh art, such as workshops producing film, and free screenings in the Cultural Hall of the nation in the center of Vientiane are developed during the event. Visitors to Vientiane during the Vientianale will have the opportunity to experience the contemporary culture of Laos. While the historical attractions in Laos as the Temple of the Buddha of Emerald and the Patuxay monument offer travelers the flavour of the wealth culture of the country, the film festival shows a modern perspective of the capital, coupled with the opportunity to socialize with the locals.