DC Asian Pacific American Film was established to be the beacon of creative output of Asian and Asian American media arts through community outreach, social media platforms, collaborative efforts with other APA organizations, and a film festival.

Mission
The mission of the DC APA Film Festival is to bring attention to the creative output from APA communities and encourage the artistic development of APA films in the greater Washington DC metropolitan region.

Our mission embodies the following goals:

1. To raise public awareness of APA media arts
2. To encourage and promote the artistic development of APA media artists
3. To provide arts education opportunities, with particular outreach to APA youth and adults
4. To raise awareness and act as a catalyst for the discussion of issues affecting APA communities
5. To bring diverse people together, to promote artistic and social interactions
6. To sponsor a DC APA Film Festival annually

We are so excited that our 15th Annual DC APA Film Festival is set for April 16-19, 2015 at the US Navy Memorial Burke Theatre.

This means we have very limited slots available for selected submissions. We also want to show those films that have been been gaining ground through its technical and creative proficiencies, its social message concerning Asian/Asian American issues, and lastly, the overall exquisiteness, uniqueness and beauty the film displays.

Please bear in mind: We program throughout the year, thus, we may not screen your film during the 15th Annual DC APA Film Festival, but we may incorporate your submission in future programming of films and film-related events.

For us, programming is a year-round commitment— we seek to screen films both
during the festival as well as during the year.

Awards & Prizes

The DC APA Film Festival recognizes the efforts of Asian/Asian American filmmakers.

Based on the number of submissions, Awards will be given to the following categories.

A) Rising Star Youth Filmmaker - Under 18

B) George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker (Feature Length)

C) Best Short Film

Additional awards may be presented dependent upon submissions.

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY
Feature film, short film, or video productions by Asian Americans and Asian International filmmakers, or with subject matter concerning Asian issues from any year, country, state, age, category, and serving any theme. No limit on the number of entries per person. Entry fee applies to each project submitted.

ENTRY FORMATS
Although we prefer *secure online screeners or digital files*, entries on DVD will be accepted as well. Please label the DVD with your project title and your name. You may submit a work in progress (no trailer), however, if the project is not finished and turned in by deadline, it will not be eligible to be screened at that year’s festival (films received AFTER the Late Deadline will be automatically deferred to the following festival year).

*Screener DVD copy will be returned ONLY IF a self-addressed and stamped envelope is enclosed at the time of submission.

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Entries chosen for the festival may be exhibited in the formats listed below.

DVD, BLU-RAY, Digital Files are acceptable exhibition formats ONLY - NO DCP!

*We are not responsible for lost or damaged entries.

IF YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED, PLEASE NOTE:
•Exhibition film prints and/or tapes must be sent to the Festival pre-paid.
•Return shipping of the exhibition copy within the United States will be covered by the Festival.
• APA FILM does not pay rental or screening fees for submitted films. Instead, we choose to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Winners will be announced on the DC APA FILM website and social networks.

ENTRY SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
1. Completed and Signed Submission Entry Form
www.filmfreeway.com/festivals/APAFILM
2. Press Kit (if available) or digital stills from film.
3. Screener DVD (Mail to address below) OR
Online Screener/Digital Files (Email to admin@apafilm.org with RE: Submission)
4. Entry Fee
5. One-paragraph description of your film.
6. (Optional) Self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your screener.
7. (Optional) Self-addressed stamped postcard for confirmation of received entry materials.

*Student Filmmakers, please attach a copy of School ID - Student Discounts available, please email us for code.

SUBMISSION MAILING ADDRESS
DC APA FILM
PO BOX 58205
Washington, DC 20037

All entries selected for the Festival grant DC APA FILM the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from their films for current and future promotional, archival, and community engagement purposes.

BE SURE TO KEEP US INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES IN YOUR ADDRESS, PHONE OR EMAIL.

ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SUBMISSION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO info@apafilm.org

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting your entry to the Festival, you represent that you have the authority to do so and that you have reviewed all of the DC APA FILM submission rules and information. You agree to hold DC APA FILM harmless and without liability for the statements you make, and you assert that there are no assigned rights, agreements, distribution agreements, production deals or any arrangements whatsoever attached to this work that would in any way interfere with the showing or screening of your entry to the public within the terms of DC APA FILM. You further acknowledge and agree that if your entry is selected for the Festival then you grant DC APA FILM the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from the film for current and future promotional, archival, and community engagement purposes.