VAN DITTHAVONG
VAN DITTHAVONG
BIOGRAPHY

Van Ditthavong was born in Vientiane, Laos and immigrated to the United States when he was 4-years-old. He began his career as a still photographer before transitioning to filmmaking. 

 

His short films have been screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, The Independent Filmmakers Showcase, The Atlanta Shortsfest, and The Pasadena International Film Festival. His work has been commissioned by Nokia, Men’s Health, Newsweek, AARP, Guitar World, Texas Monthly, Smart Money, TV Guide, Psychology Today, American Way and other national magazines. Van has taught at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department.

He is currently in post-production of his feature film SLEEPING IN PLASTIC (starring Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok) and produced by Red Entertainment and goPOP FILMS.

TIMELINE
2018
Gold Coast Film Festival - Australia

Official Selection (short film: This is Dominica) – Commonwealth Stories on Screen

2017
Sleeping in Plastic

Van wraps up production of his first feature film SLEEPING IN PLASTIC in Oklahoma.

2015
UCLAx

Outstanding Instructor of the Year for the Visual Arts Department – UCLA Extension

2014
Nokia Lumia Icon Film Challenge

Finalist

2014
Dominica Film Challenge

Finalist

2014
19th Annual Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival

Winner Best Independent Short Film (short film: You’re There in the Sun Let Go)

2014
Pasadena International Film Festival

Official Selection (short film: You’re There in the Sun Let Go)

2013
Atlanta Shortsfest

Official Selection + Winner Best Dramedy (short film: Milk & all the wrong things)

2012
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Official Selection (short film: Balloons Go Pop)

2012
Independent Filmmakers Showcase

Honorable Mention for Directing (short film: Balloons Go Pop)

2011
International Photography Awards

Honorable Mention – portraiture

2010
Polaris Project Fellowship

(Washington D.C. non-profit organization dedicated to combating Human Trafficking) – New Media and Communications 2010 Summer Fellow.  The Fellowship Program is nationally recognized as one of the premiere leadership programs exclusively focused on the issue of human trafficking and on providing young professionals with training on-the-ground practical experiences in the anti-trafficking movement.

2009
International Photography Awards

2 Honorable Mentions – family portraiture & editorial sports

2009
Px3 – Prix de la Photographie, Paris Photography Competition

Honorable Mention – portrait/culture category