Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers is dedicated to supporting Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) film, video, and media makers both nationwide and throughout the Philadelphia area, promoting films created by, starring, and/or about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), now in its 13th year, celebrates and elevates the AAPI experience as the largest AAPI film festival on the U.S. East Coast and the third-largest in the nation. Since 2008, PAAFF is proud to have presented dozens of culturally relevant films to broad and diverse audiences through our main festival program each November and year-round screening series.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Vijay Mohan Social Change Award
Audience Choice Best Narrative Feature
Audience Choice Best Documentary Feature

CERTIFICATION OF ENTRANT: I, the contact person for the film submitted with this application, agree to the following:

I have read, understood, and completed all eligibility requirements for which I would like this film to be considered.

* To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this application are true.
* The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting my film to this festival, I am giving consent to allow The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival to screen it if selected.
* If selected for the festival, I agree to pay for print shipping costs. Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers will pay for return shipping. (DVD/Blu-ray screeners will not be returned.)
* All final works must be completed and shipped 4 weeks before the screening date. This contract is binding and will be held responsible for the information in my submission.
* I agree to allow Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers to screen my film at post-festival events.
* The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will only accept films written, directed, or principally acted by an artist of Asian Pacific Islander American descent or whose subject matter relates to Asian Pacific Islander American issues.

Overall Rating
  • Having met both the previous festival director Rob and Selena, I can say from a personal standpoint that these organization really cares about the film and the community they are looking to uplift. Logistically, as a filmmaker whose not local to Philadelphia and had to communicate strictly from email, all communications were crystal clear and marketing was on-point. My only regret is not being able to go in person to see this festival.

    November 2019
  • Kayleb Lee

    Great communication! Hope to be able to come next year!

    November 2019
  • Steven De Castro

    Indispensable to the Asian American community. Even more than that, their high level of curation allows for new voices in film.

    November 2018
  • harleen singh

    Thank you for making Drawn Together a part of your festival. While I could not be there in person , the lead protagonist of the film was there to share insights and interact with the audiences and I heard it was really good.

    November 2018
  • Rex Moribe

    Much Mahalos to PAAFF and their passion to push the Asian American Films.

    December 2016