We are celebrating 16 years as the premiere Asian American film festival in Oregon! We proudly present the rich diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander stories. Our goal is for increased API representation in film--not limited to specifically API stories, but any good story that features Asian American/Pacific Islanders in front of and/or behind the camera in wide-ranging roles. For 16 years we've been centering the Asian American narrative, seeking to represent the fullness of America.

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions in the Spring, we are planning a VIRTUAL festival for 2021. We will continue to provide a platform for Asian American filmmakers and stories, and raise the voices of marginalized communities.


Thank you for making this experience such a pleasant and enriching one. I have heard that not all festivals are run this smoothly or with as much care, so I applaud you for doing such a stellar job. -Kayla Sotomil, DisOrient 2020

Hats off to DisOrient for creating the best festival experience ever! Top marks for communication, organization, hospitality, warmth, professionalism, enthusiasm, audience diversity, venue quality and caliber of featured works. Lawrence Chau, DisOrient 2019

DisOrient is an Asian American Film Festival that celebrates indie films with authentic Asian Pacific American voices, histories and stories. We promote representation, diversity and inclusion to broaden the narrative of who is American and to strengthen and build community. We highlight social justice themes that translate to universal human experiences.

• Best Feature Narrative
• Best Feature Documentary
• Best Short Narrative
• Best Short Documentary
• Audience Award
• Jason D. Mak Award for Social Justice

To be considered for selection, entries must have completed production after November 30, 2018

We are seeking films “For us, by us and/or about us". Entries must have one of the following:
•A principal that identifies as Asian American/Pacific Islander (writer, producer, director, main actor, cinematographer)
•Be about an Asian American/Pacific Islander experience or subject
•Be made with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders as the target audience


1. Entry Deadlines and Fees:
Early Deadline November 20; Features: $20 USD
Regular Deadline December 11; Features: $30 USD
Late Deadline December 31; Feature: $40 USD
All shorts: $10 USD

• We do not provide waivers; we encourage artists to take advantage of the early deadline discount.
• Please read through our submission criteria carefully--we do not provide refunds to unqualified submissions. Feel free to contact us if you have a question or need clarification.

• NOTE: The festival does NOT pay screening fees.

2. Preview format:
All submissions must be digital. Please provide a working link to an online version of your film on FilmFreeway and/or Vimeo at the time of submission, as well as any passwords necessary to view the film. Vimeo must be set to allow downloads and films must be accessible through March 31, 2021.

3. Electronic Press Kit Packet & Materials, uploaded to FilmFreeway. Press kit must include:
• 2 OR MORE Print quality still images (at least 300 dpi)
• Synopsis (long and short versions)
• Director’s biography & statement
• List of cast and crew, awards, and festival appearances
• Link to a downloadable theatrical trailer (in full quality DV or QuickTime format).

4. Mandatory qualification questionnaire:
• Does your film have a principal that identifies as Asian American/Pacific Islander? (writer, producer, director, animator, cinematographer, main actor)
•Please include names of principal(s), the role they played, and their ethnicity.
• Does the subject matter address an Asian American/Pacific Islander experience.? How?
• Is the target audience Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders? Explain.

*Note: If your film is selected, the festival may also request the following items to maximize exposure for your film: posters, director's photo, trailers, clips, press releases.


By submitting a film for consideration, the filmmaker or authorized representative of the submitted work, hereby grant the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon permission to publicly display the submitted work both during the festival and for “Encore” and special screenings held at the discretion of the festival (if selected) and understand that the festival does not pay rental fees or appearance fees. In addition, you agree that the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is not liable for any loss or damage to screeners or exhibition prints and cannot be held financially responsible for any other damages. Submitted preview materials will not be returned. You also agree to allow use of stills, audio, and video clips from the submitted work for promotional purposes. Your signature also certifies that you have received all appropriate copyright clearances and assume full liability for any and all copyright infringement. DisOrient Asian American Film Festival reserves the right to amend policies at its discretion.

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Overall Rating
  • Anna Anaka

    Amidst an incredibly difficult year (on many levels), the DisOrient team truly outdid themselves. They created an excellent virtual experience for the filmmakers and facilitated a wonderful and welcoming community. The thoughtful selection of films left me feeling inspired, informed and truly seen. Thank you Pamela, Susan & the rest of the Disorient Team for all of your hard work!

    May 2021
  • I just have to echo all of the amazing reviews here - what a wonderful festival! Susan and Pam were so thoughtful and supportive in their communication and you could tell how much the entire festival staff cared about the films and the filmmakers. I was so impressed by the amount of community feeling they were able to bring to a virtual festival! Thank you for such an amazing festival, I only hope I can come back for an in-person edition in the future!

    April 2021
  • Martin Tran

    Gracious, organized, and real champions of film and community. Couldn’t recommend this fest more.

    April 2021
  • Dave Yim

    Loved being a part of the 2021 virtual festival! You could feel the sense of community, even with the event being held entirely online. Thanks to the organizers, looking forward to coming back!

    April 2021
  • Ben Phan

    Incredible experience from start to finish! The producers put so much working into the festival, and it shows. Hands down to best film festival I've ever been a part of!

    April 2021