MISSION:
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrates and showcases the achievements of Asian Pacific, Asian American and Asian international cinema artists.

DESCRIPTION:
Established in 1983 by Visual Communications – the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts organization – The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is Southern California's premier showcase for film and mediaworks by Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema artists. It was recently named one of "The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2017" by MovieMaker Magazine.

The Film Festival's FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD for narrative live action / animated film is eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the ACADEMY AWARDS®. This Festival is the only one of its kind in the world to have earned this qualification.

Currently an eight-day event, the Film Festival presents approximately 150 films and mediaworks by Asian and Asian Pacific American makers. The Festival's highlights include a Gala Opening and Closing Night Celebration, a Festival Centerpiece presentation, a full complement of filmmaker seminars and workshops, and a variety of special events. Positioned as a lead-off event attraction of the annual activities in support of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Festival attracts entertainment celebrities, civic and community leaders, movieworkers, and film enthusiasts in a week-long celebration of the ongoing accomplishments by Asian Pacific cinema artists.

The Festival has brought established, emerging, and award-winning filmmakers to the public's attention, including Gregg Araki, Shonali Bose, Lino Brocka, Tanuj Chopra, Davy Chou, Chen Kaige, Christine Choy, Curtis Choy, Michael Kang, Stanley Kwan, Ang Lee, Chris Chan Lee, Justin Lin, Raymond Red, Miike Takashi, Renee Tajima-Pena, Ham Tran, Wayne Wang, Wong Kar-wai, WongFu Productions, John Woo, Ruby Yang, Jessica Yu, and many others.

Awards & Prizes

AWARDS
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival recognizes filmmaking achievement through presentation of juried and balloted awards.

AWARDS FOR FEATURE FILMS may include:
• GRAND JURY AWARD – NORTH AMERICAN FEATURE FILM (Narrative and Documentary Feature)
• GRAND JURY AWARD – ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM (Narrative and Documentary Feature)
• FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD (Narrative and Documentary Feature)

AWARDS FOR SHORT FILMS include:
FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD*
Presented to a short film that demonstrates overall excellence in content and cinematic technique.
*Recipients of the LAAPFF's FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD for Short Narrative Live-Action/Animated Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category of the ACADEMY AWARDS® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy® rules.

LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates an innovative and creative use of cinematic language.

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival accepts films and mediaworks that are principally made by and/or about Asian American, and/or Asian Pacific, individual(s) or communities around the world. All lengths and genres will be considered.

FILM COMPLETION DATE
All submitted works should have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.

EXHIBITION FORMATS (Feature-Length):
FILM: 35mm
DIGITAL: D-Cinema (DCP) with required Blu-Ray disc (NTSC)

EXHIBITION FORMATS (Shorts):
FILM: 35mm
DIGITAL: D-Cinema (DCP) with required .MOV file conforming to Apple ProRes 422 HQ (1920 x 1080 24p 48kHz)

TRANSMEDIA:
ALL submissions for site-specific and transmedia productions (including, but not limited to, multi-episodic web series, multi-channel digital, video, and installation productions, online exhibitions, cross-platform productions, image-mapping projections, and virtual and augmented-reality experiences) MUST BE accompanied by a detail proposal for how the work should be exhibited.

PREVIEW FORMATS:
Password-protected Vimeo (720p optimal) preferred, or secured online screener. DVD screeners are strongly discouraged.

ENTRY DEADLINE:
Signed entry form, screener, press kit and entry fee must be filed via FilmFreeway.com; to be RECEIVED by one of these dates:
EARLY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 5PM PST
FINAL DEADLINE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 5PM PST
EXTENDED DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017 5PM PST

The Film Festival accepts all entry materials electronically; in an effort to be environmentally responsible, physical DVD screeners are strongly discouraged. Physical entry materials will NOT be returned.

ENTRY FEES:
EARLY DEADLINE: $35 USD
FINAL DEADLINE: $45 USD
EXTENDED DEADLINE: $55 USD
Payable to "Visual Communications"

Visual Communications Members at the Filmmaker level submit for FREE! Limit one waiver per member. Find out more about Visual Communications Membership at vconline.org/membership.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:
If your film is selected for exhibition, the Film Festival may also request various other items (posters, etc.) to maximize exposure for your film.

SHIPPING:
Exhibition film prints and/or digital media of invited entries must be sent to the Festival pre-paid to arrive by March 9, 2018. Return or forward shipping will be covered by the Festival.

SUBTITLES:
Invited entries in language(s) other than English must be subtitled in English.

RENTAL FEES:
The Festival does not pay rental fees. Instead, we choose to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible.

GRANT OF PERMISSION
Signatory of submission grants Visual Communications permission to screen the aforementioned work at the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival if accepted, and warrants that all necessary steps have been taken to obtain the rights to use, exhibit and display the work. Signatory also gives Visual Communications permission to use stills, excerpts and other materials from such accepted work for promotional purposes.

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    Matthew Victor Pastor

    LAAPFF holds a very special place in my heart as it re-ignited my passion for filmmaking. Great vibes with amazing films I'd not be able to see where I'm from. The events were tops, hospitality was tops and for my stay the weather was amazing :) Made so many friends because the vibes were so friendly. Coming from a side of the world where we are in dire need for more Asian content, seeing a festival like this leading the way gives me hope for the future. Couldn't speak higher of the team, the films and my experience at the LAAPFF.

    August 2017
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    Patrick Green

    One word. Amazing. LAAPFF is a top shelf film festival that is both ground-breaking and inclusive. The film selections were curated, not simply chosen. Everything from the opening gala at the Egyptian Theatre to the shorts program in Little Tokyo were treated equally with class and comfort. Saw great films, met good people and left inspired. What more can you ask for? Can't wait to come back next year.

    June 2017
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    Katie Malia

    INSPIRING. AMAZING LINE-UP OF FILMS. LOVED.

    May 2017
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    Jason Karman

    One of the largest Asian American Film Festivals in North America.

    May 2017
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    Mainak Dhar

    One of the best festivals in Los Angeles. Had the pleasure of meeting so many filmmakers from all over the world. The organizers were so helpful & hospitable. Special shoutout to Rachael Sine.
    Cannot wait to go back to the festival next year. With or without a film.
    If you are a Asian filmmaker anywhere in the world, you gotta apply to this one.

    May 2017