Van Ditthavong

Van Ditthavong

Director, producer and screenwriter in Los Angeles, California

About Van

Van is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. 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 also served as Story Producer and cinematographer for Brave New Films – producing several short documentaries on social justice issues which reached millions of viewers through online distribution. He teaches 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.

Name: Van Ditthavong

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Director, Producer and Screenwriter


  • You're There in the Sun Let Go

    You're There in the Sun Let Go (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama and Music) Director A 70 year old Laotian man finds musical inspiration through an unlikely encounter with an abusive father.

  • Kiss Me Gordon

    Kiss Me Gordon (2013)
    Television (Comedy) Director Kiss Me Gordon is a comedy about the imbalance and dichotomy of marital comfort and sexual desire. It is the story of Gordon, a middle aged, married man, who becomes obsessed with Judy, a 20-something sexpot, hot mess. Gordon, although married to Tanya, a loyal, beautiful wife, thinks that a clandestine affair with Judy can save him from his boring, domestic existence and reassert his manhood and virility. When he offers Judy $2,000 to meet him in a hotel room in Hollywood, it sets the stage for hilarious disaster. Written by Albert Letizia

  • Milk & All the Wrong Things

    Milk & All the Wrong Things (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Director Milk & all the wrong things is the story of Bill Wilbur and his quest to escape the odd life that he has created for himself.

  • Balloons Go Pop

    Balloons Go Pop (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director BALLOONS GO POP is a story about one man's unusual ways to appease his desires and temptations. The short film explores a day in the life of a middle-aged loner who tries to go about his normal routines. But nothing is ever normal when your definitions of love, lost, and lust always blend together. Written by goPOP Films

  • The Grass Grows Green

    The Grass Grows Green (2007)
    Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A short look at a marine's relationship with life and death - shown from behind the recruiting-office desk.


  • UCLA Extension Instructor of the Year for the Visual Arts Department

  • Best Independent Short Film (You're There in the Sun Let Go) 19th Independent Filmmakers Showcase

  • Nokia Lumia Icon Film Challenge Finalist

  • Dominica Film Challenge Finalist

  • Best Dramedy Short Film (Milk & all the wrong things) Atlanta Shortsfest


  • Boston University

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