The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrates the achievements of Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema artists.
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.
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, Taika Waititi, Wayne Wang, Wong Kar-wai, Wong Fu Productions, John Woo, Ruby Yang, Jessica Yu, and many others.
Awards & Prizes
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival recognizes filmmaking achievement through presentation of juried and balloted awards.
AWARDS FOR FEATURE FILMS:
GRAND JURY AWARD – FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM
Presented to select feature-length Asian Pacific American narrative films.
GRAND JURY AWARD – INTERNATIONAL FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM
Presented to select feature-length Asian International narrative films.
GRAND JURY AWARD – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM
Presented to select feature-length Asian Pacific American documentary films.
Presented to an audience favorite feature-length film, as chosen by audience ballot.
AWARDS FOR SHORT FILMS:
FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates overall excellence in content and cinematic technique.
LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates an innovative and creative use of cinematic language.
Rules & Terms
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival accepts films and mediaworks by and/or about Asian Pacifics with themes involving, but NOT limited to, Asian Pacific American and/or Asian Pacific diasporic culture, history and experiences. All lengths and genres are eligible for consideration.
AWARDS FOR FEATURE FILMS
Select Asian Pacific American and Asian International feature-length films are eligible for the Festival's AWARDS FOR FEATURE FILMS, which includes:
• GRAND JURY AWARD – FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM
• GRAND JURY AWARD – INTERNATIONAL FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM
• GRAND JURY AWARD – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM
• AUDIENCE AWARD
AWARDS FOR SHORT FILMS
Select Asian Pacific American and Asian International short films are eligible for the Festival's AWARDS FOR SHORT FILMS, which includes:
• FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD
• LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD
All awards will be presented on Closing Night of the Festival.
FILM COMPLETION DATE
All submitted works should have been completed on or after January 1, 2016.
EXHIBITION FORMATS (Feature-Length):
DIGITAL: D-Cinema (DCP) with required Blu-Ray disc (NTSC)
EXHIBITION FORMATS (Shorts):
DIGITAL: D-Cinema (DCP) with required .MOV file conforming to Apple ProRes 422 HQ (1920 x 1080 24p 48kHz)
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.
Password-protected Vimeo (NTSC-format, 720p optimal) preferred, or secured online screener. DVD screeners are strongly discouraged.
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, OCTOBER 21, 2016 5PM PST
FINAL DEADLINE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016 5PM PST
EXTENDED DEADLINE: MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 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.
EARLY DEADLINE: $25 U.S. and International Entries
FINAL DEADLINE: $35 U.S. and International Entries
EXTENDED DEADLINE: $55 U.S. and International Entries
In U.S. funds, 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.
If your entry is selected for exhibition, the Festival will also request the following optional materials to maximize exposure for your film: posters, postcards, broadcast-quality clip reel, etc.
Exhibition film prints and/or digital media of invited entries must be sent to the Festival pre-paid to arrive by March 17, 2017. Return or forward shipping will be covered by the Festival.
Invited entries in language(s) other than English must be subtitled in English.
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.