Celebrating Filipino-American shorts and talent...

Thanks to Fil-Am Creative's partnership with the prestigious Asian World Film Festival, Fil-Am Creative will present the Filipino-American community's best shorts to be held in Los Angeles, California, in November 2022.

FilAm Creative is a Los Angeles-based non-profit community organization dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the media and entertainment industry.

The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of filmmakers, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries.

2022 Judging Panel Includes:

Thelma Sugay - President of the Fil-Am Press Association of California

Minnie Nguyen - CEO of WDA Entertainment

Livi Zheng - Producer/ Director at Sun and Moon Films

Ken Zheng - Head Writer at Sun and Moon Films

Kathleen Lee - CEO of Keslow Films, and AWFF Executive

MJ Racadio - CEO of Social Dragon PR

Charles Gray - Producer/ Writer/ Director and Director of Content at Character Media

Mark Choi - AWFF Executive


1) Fil-Am Creative: Short Film of the Year
2) Best Actor
3) Best Actress
4) Best Screenplay
5) Best Director

Winners will receive certificates, prizes, and press for their respective projects, including one on one interviews and meetings with Fil-Am Press Club President and Social Dragon PR CEO. The winner will be presented during the festival with filmmakers.

Select Films Will Also be Eligible for the $5,000 HFPA SCHOLARSHIP AT AWFF:
To qualify and be eligible for the Scholarship, films must fulfill the criteria listed below.
Each film must be:
1. A short Asian film from one of the 53 Asian countries listed on the AWFF website
2. Movie should NOT exceed 15 minutes in length (with a grace time of 55 sec)
And Strong, high quality and technically competent
3. Narrative only (animation or documentary will not be accepted)
4. Completed in the year 2021 or 2022
5. Produced and/or directed by an Asian or Asian-American, or anyone of Asian
Descent, (or include a cast of mainly Asians)
6. The filmmaker's debut, second or third film.
7. The deadline for submission is midnight (Pacific Time) September 30, 2022.
8. No AWFF Team Members or their families, HFPA Members or their families,
may be involved in the production of any of the films selected for consideration
for their respective Scholarship.

Being one of the 5 Finalists in each Group does NOT guarantee the Scholarship.

Must be under 20 mins or under, including credits. We are seeking narrative, experimental, and animated shorts that are of interest to the Filipino American community.

The Writer, Director, or Star must be of Filipino origin or descent. A list of Filipino writers, directors, and stars will be confirmed by FAC on the application.

Still photos from your work and a poster are requested with your submission. You are also encouraged to include a synopsis, press information, and other collateral regarding your film.

If you are submitting a film, we accept online screeners for the purpose of reviewing the film for consideration. If you are selected to screen, you will need to get a DCP copy sent to us in your exhibition film.

Do not submit unless you are ready to screen your film at this festival. Filmmakers can submit as many films as they would like.

I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to Fil-Am Creative.

Overall Rating
  • Alex Meridy

    Great Network and communication! A must see festival.

    January 2023
  • Nicole Dizon

    Thank you so much to the judges and organizers at the FilAm Creative Shorts Awards for selecting my narrative short, Morena, for the Philippines Film Day Shorts Program. I feel honored to screen at the Asian World Film Festival again. Though I couldn’t attend, I’m so grateful that my Executive Producer and lead actress could celebrate the film among the Filipino community.

    November 2022