Asian Pacific Filmmakers and Creators gather for the 18th Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience at Sundance

Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander first-time and veteran filmmakers and storytellers, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Expertise (APFE) Committee publicizes its 18th version of its annual fete on the 2022 Sundance Movie Competition just about on Sunday, January 23, 2022 beginning at 12:30 p.m. PST.

That includes notable administrators and producers, together with, Alika Tengan (Director, “Each Day in Kaimukī”), Shalini Kantayya (Director, “TikTok, Increase.”), Ham Tran (Director and Screenwriter, “Maika”), Martika Ramirez Escobar (Director and Screenwriter, “Leonor Will By no means Die”), Rayka Zehtabchi (Co-Director, “Lengthy Line of Women”), Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (Director, “The Headhunter’s Daughter”), Tanu Gago (Lead Artist, “ATUA”), Julie Ha, Eugene Yi (Co-Administrators, “Free Chol Soo Lee”) and Su Kim, Jean Tsien, Sona Jo (Producers, “Free Chol Soo Lee”), the occasion will embrace filmmaker panels and dialogue together with artist useful resource constructing and networking.

APFE kicks off with a particular opening welcome by trade leaders Michael Y. Chow, Co-Founding father of XRM Media and Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi – producer and companion at Vital Productions with Forest Whittaker. Bongiovi and Chow labored collectively on previous Sundance hits “PASSING,” “SORRY TO BOTHER YOU” and “FRUITVALE STATION.” 

Along with highlighting the 35 API movie tasks and celebrating the over 100 creators of those movies, this yr’s APFE or #APAParkCity will function a particular fireplace chat with acclaimed director Destin Daniel Cretton who first stood out on the 2009 Sundance Movie Competition together with his quick movie, “SHORT TERM-12” which gained the Jury Prize in Brief Filmmaking and have become Cretton’s subsequent function movie. He can be in dialog with leisure journalist and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Diaspora, Dino-Ray Ramos. Cretton’s box-office hit and cultural break-out “SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS” broke field workplace data in 2021 throughout a worldwide pandemic and featured Marvel’s first Asian superhero. He can be returning to jot down and direct the blockbuster’s sequel for Disney.

The APFE Sundance 2022 is proud to current this yr’s “Irene Cho Pioneer Award” to the award profitable editor/producer Jean Tsien. She is a recipient of an Emmy Award (“76 DAYS”), quite a few Peabody Awards (“ASIAN AMERICANS,” the PBS sequence; “76 DAYS”; “MALCOLM X: MAKE IT PLAIN”; and others), and is an Oscar® nominee (“SCOTTSBORO: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY”). 

The award is known as in honor of one of many unique founders of the APFE occasion – Irene Cho – who handed away unexpectedly in 2017.  The award is given in Cho’s reminiscence to an artist, creator or trade chief who exemplifies the mission of the group in supporting API filmmakers in all facets from useful resource constructing, networking, consulting and inspiration.  Previous recipients embrace Kim Yutani (Director of Programming – Sundance Movie Competition) and Nina Yang Bongiovi (Producer/Associate – Vital Productions).

Tsien can also be a producer on this yr’s “FREE CHOL SOO LEE” premiering at Sundance within the U.S. Documentary competitors. She was additionally a producer on PBS five-part documentary sequence, “ASIAN AMERICANS” which acquired the Peabody Award in 2021. As a powerful believer in mentorship and nurturing rising skills, Tsien has served as an modifying advisor at many workshops and labs all over the world. She is a recipient of Mentor Award on the 2018 Sundance Movie Competition, a member of American Cinema Editors, and is a Governor of the Documentary Department of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences. 

“Jean is a superb instance of 1 who has actually supported our API inventive group,” says APFE organizer Laarni Rosca Dacanay. “She embodies the spirit of the mission of the group along with her mentorship and assist of the various filmmakers she works with together with each API and non-API filmmakers. Her dedication to inspiring excellence and offering a lot wanted steering to our rising group of filmmakers telling our tales goes past. And on the identical time, she is a frontrunner within the trade as an Academy Governor.  She is a superb selection for this yr’s Irene Cho Pioneer Award.  Irene could be proud and so are we.”

Established in 2002 by way of the efforts of former Visible Communications Govt Director Linda Mabalot and leisure publicists Irene Cho, Winston Emano, David Magdael and programmers Abraham Ferrer, Risa Morimoto, and Toni Tabora, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Expertise in Park Metropolis (or #APAParkCity for brief, and now #APFE) has turn into the automobile by way of which cinematic artists of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are afforded an area to be spotlighted and to make their presence felt every January in Park Metropolis, Utah — dwelling to the Sundance and Slamdance Movie Festivals. Initially supported by the Utah State Movie Fee and particular person donors, the very first Expertise Reception in 2002 attracted over 300 friends to the China Panda Restaurant alongside Park Avenue. Subsequent editions continued to draw supporters of Asian Pacific American and Asian worldwide cinema, whose profile has steadily elevated over the course of over seventeen years.

“Once we began this annual gathering 20 years in the past, our purpose was to rejoice our API filmmakers right here in Park Metropolis,” stated Magdael. “There have been a couple of years over the past twenty years when there have been none and we’re thrilled to be again for our 18th version with extra new voices and people who have been right here earlier than. Plus, to companion with Michael Y. Chow and XRM Media and to honor the imitable Jean Tsien, this yr’s version is one other historical past making occasion. This APFE SUNDANCE CLASS OF 2022 provides me hope that our API tales can be instructed appropriately and actually by our personal creators.”

Provides Minji Chang, Producer, Asian Pacific Filmmakers Expertise and Board Member, Kollaboration, “As an artist myself and former mentee of Irene Cho, it’s an honor and an act of affection to acknowledge my fellow artists every year in Park Metropolis in Irene’s reminiscence. Our group continues to develop and our voices proceed to raise with due to veterans like Jean Tsien.”

Having acknowledged over 800 administrators, producers, and screenwriters, #APFE brings artists, creators and trade insiders collectively in celebration of our experiences and assets as we acknowledge our superb skills who inform our tales and create compelling media tasks that shift the panorama, change hearts and minds, and announce our presence. In previous years, API luminaries together with Justin Lin, Jon M. Chu, Lulu Wang, John Cho, Lisa Nishimura, Cary Fukunaga, Justin Chon, Ramona Diaz, Evan Jackson Leong, Gingger Shankar, Bertha Bay-Sa Pan and Andrew Ahn – are only a handful who’ve made their mark on the Sundance Movie Competition.

Produced in partnership with community-based organizations Visual Communications, Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, Kollaboration, Asians in Hollywood, and Center for Asian American Media and David Magdael & Associates – #APFE is free and open to the general public. Registration is out there on Eventbrite at: and extra data at:



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