The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrates the achievements of Asian Pacific cinematic artists and communities.

Established in 1983 by VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is the largest film festival in Southern California dedicated to showcasing films by and about Asians & Pacific Islanders around the world. We were recently named one of "The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" in 2017 by MovieMaker Magazine!

The Film Festival's GOLDEN REEL AWARD for Narrative Live Action / Animated Short 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.

The Festival presents approximately 150 films and mediaworks that celebrates Asian Pacific filmmakers and stories. The Festival's highlights include an Opening and Closing Night Celebration, a Festival Centerpiece presentation, a full complement of industry panels and workshops, and a variety of special events. Positioned to lead-off annual activities in support of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Festival attracts entertainment celebrities, civic and community leaders, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts in a week-long celebration of the ongoing accomplishments by Asian Pacific cinematic artists.

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

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

• GRAND JURY AWARD – NORTH AMERICAN FEATURE FILM (Narrative and Documentary Feature)
• GRAND JURY AWARD – INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM (Narrative and Documentary Feature)
• FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD (Narrative and Documentary Feature)
• EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD - Presented to a director screening their first or second feature without US distribution at LAAPFF 2020.

• GOLDEN REEL AWARD* (Narrative/Animation Short and Documentary Short)

*Recipients of the GOLDEN REEL AWARD for Narrative/Animation Short 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.

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival accepts films and mediaworks that are principally made by and/or about Asian Pacific Islander individuals and communities around the world. All lengths and genres will be considered.

All submitted works should have been completed on or after January 1, 2019.

• FEATURE LENGTH - Digital; D-Cinema (DCP) with required Blu-Ray disc (NTSC)
• SHORTS - Digital; D-Cinema (DCP) with required .MOV file conforming to Apple ProRes 422 HQ (1920 x 1080 24p 48kHz)
• EPISODICS - 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, virtual reality, and transmedia productions (including, but not limited to: multi-channel digital, video, and installation productions, cross-platform productions, image-mapping projections, and augmented-reality experiences) MUST BE accompanied by a detailed proposal for how the work should be exhibited.

Password-protected Vimeo (720p optimal) preferred, or secured online screener.

Please include a press kit with your entry, including (electronic version ONLY):
• Still images (300 dpi). Please provide captions and photo credits for all images.
• Synopsis
• Director’s biography
• Director’s filmography
• Director’s statement
• Cast and crew listing

If your film is selected for exhibition, the Festival will use your materials for print and online promotion. We may also request various other items (posters, etc.) to maximize exposure for your film.

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 - Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5 pm PST | $35 USD entry fee
• 2ND DEADLINE - Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5pm PST | $45 USD entry fee
• FINAL DEADLINE - Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5pm PST | $65 USD entry fee

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

The Festival does not provide waivers other than for current Visual Communications Members at the Filmmaker level. We understand the severe financial restrictions among many of our artists. As a non-profit organization, we also operate under limitations on resources, and the entry fees sustains us to produce the best possible space to showcase your works. We encourage all artists to submit by the early deadline.

Digital media of invited entries must be sent to the Festival pre-paid at a date to be determined prior to the Festival. 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.

Signatory of submission grants Visual Communications permission to screen the aforementioned work at the 2019 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 solicit and use stills, excerpts and other materials from such accepted work for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Mragendra Singh

    Los Angeles Asian Pacific Festival is an absolutely terrific film festival. It was my first time here, and since the acceptance, the staff has been really helpful with everything. I was also amazed by the films, the C3 panels and all the filmmaker engagement events that were put up by festival. LAAPFF and VC Media is really committed to helping emerging Asian filmmakers with distinct and unique voices. Overall, I had an amazing time. I left the festival with some new friends, future collaborators and a lot of inspiration!!!

    June 2019
  • Valerie Soe

    Awesome festival--so important for Asian Pacific American filmmakers! Great programming, great parties, great communication, great audiences, great venues.

    June 2019
  • Sohil Vaidya

    An absolutely great festival with incredible curation of films. I was there this year with my short Difficult People. I would highly recommend LA Asian Pacific. They deeply care about emerging Asian voices. The festival is wonderfully organized.

    June 2019
  • Bishrel Mashbat

    Simply amazing festival. One of the best we had the privilege of attending. Very well run, supportive staff, great programming. It was fantastic to show our work to a very supportive community that LAAPFF fosters and breeds.

    May 2019
  • Brayden Yoder

    Mahalo a nui loa for this amazing festival space in the heart of Los Angeles. Honored to make common cause with our fellow APAs across the Pacific!

    May 2019