The 38th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Announces Lineup; Festival Returns May 5th to 13th

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Competition (LAAPFF), offered yearly by Visible Communications (VC), Southern California’s main showcase for brand spanking new Asian Pacific American and Asian worldwide cinema, introduced right now this system for the thirty eighth version of the pageant. The pageant returns Could fifth to thirteenth in Los Angeles and can function an thrilling lineup of in-person programming, together with digital programming for our audiences at house in Southern California and past.

As Visible Communications premiere annual occasion, LAAPFF continues to construct connections between peoples and generations via the amplification of Asian and Pacific Islander movie, video, and media.The pageant celebrates Asian Pacific American filmmakers and Asian worldwide artists with profound, necessary and entertaining movies and content material from the brand new voices of cinema whereas honoring the legends and leaders who preserve this cultural motion going ahead. Necessary themes of illustration, authorship, duty and ethics are on the forefront of content material creation. This 12 months’s line up gives unbelievable examples of these concepts and themes from Asian Pacific artists who’re dedicated to excellence in cinema in America and around the globe. To kick off  this 12 months’s fest, LAAPFF will current an Opening Day lineup of movies consultant of VC communities and values – setting the stage for community-forward movie pageant. The lineup will embody the LA Premiere of EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ, directed by Alika Tengan, a brand new and necessary indigenous filmmaker from Hawaii. Anchoring the night, LAAPFF will have fun and introduce the world premiere works from the ARMED WITH THE CAMERA Fellowship. The fellowship  now in its twentieth 12 months, has shepherded the early works notable alums together with: Christopher Makoto Yogi (Director, I WAS A SIMPLE MAN),  Kristina Wong (2022 Lucille Lortel Awards Nominee for Excellent Solo Present), Roxy Shih (Director, LIST OF A LIFETIME) and extra.This 12 months’s cohort, who gathered throughout an unprecedented of period social distancing, produced 9 world premieres that tenderly contact upon group motion, household legacy, and ancestral connection.

 The thirty eighth Competition version may also current the LAAPFF Legacy Award to Mira Nair; The HBO Max APA Visionaries Quick Movie Competitors; the SXSW Double Award Winner BAD AXE; Sundance Winner LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE; Eugene Yi and Julie Ha’s well timed Sundance hit FREE CHOL SOO LEE; the West Coast Premiere of OMOIYARI: A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI (the famend musician’s directorial debut contemporary from SXSW); the North American Premieres of THE ASSAULTARISAKA and the animated function THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE; the Los Angeles Premieres of MAIKAWATERMANDEALING WITH DADDELIKADOCROSSING and STAY THE NIGHT; and the World Premieres of: ISTIKHAARA, NEW YORK;DAWNING;DIGITAL HISTORIES and 80 YEARS LATER.

 From L:R – Rina White and Naz Kawakami in a scene from Alika Tengan’s EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI. Picture courtesy LAAPFF.

“In our thirty eighth version, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Competition continues to remodel itself to mirror our ever-evolving artists and experiences,” says Government Director Francis Cullado. “In a time when our group is dealing straight up with anti-Asian Hate crimes, residing via an unsure pandemic, and adjusting to the continued world points affecting all of us, our pageant is instilling a way of pleasure, respect and group via artwork and movie. These tales join us to 1 one other and fill our lives with a way of function. This 12 months, we share a renewed collectiveness to encourage creativity and assist collaboration, and the chance to collect and have fun our histories and our lives from all corners of the world.”

 Tickets go on sale Friday, April fifteenth at 5PM PST to most people. Full particulars out there at

Opening Day Lineup
 The pageant will kick off Could fifth on the Director’s Guild of America Theater with a strong Day One line-up that features:
 ●      The World Premieres of twentieth version of Armed With A Digital camera showcase, a fellowship for Rising Media Artists to develop the following era of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander artists to attach our communities via the facility of our tales. Previous Armed With A Digital camera fellows embody: Christopher Makoto Yogi (Director, I WAS A SIMPLE MAN) AWC 2013 – MAKOTO: OR, HONESTY; Evan Jackson Leong (Director, SNAKEHEAD) AWC 2003 – SUCKERBALL 73; and Kristina Wong (2022 Lucille Lortel Awards Nominee for Excellent Solo Present) AWC 2003 – BEAT THE BUS.
 ●     The Los Angeles Premiere of Alika Tengan debut function  EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ following its World Premiere at this 12 months’s Sundance Movie Competition. 
 ●      Anam Abbas THIS STAINED DAWN, a robust look Karachi’s feminists who organise a lady’s march, arising towards Pakistan’s state, media and radical spiritual proper;
 ●      And a particular showcase that includes the Visible Communications archive, anchored by the early works of Robert A. Nakamura.

Mistaken absolutely accused Chol Soo Lee goes to trian in a scene from Julie Ha and Eugene Yi’s FREE CHOL SOO LEE. Picture courtesy Mubi/LAAPFF.

 Centerpiece Weekend
 The pageant continues on the DGA Theater with the Centerpiece Weekend that includes:
 ●      The North American Premiere of Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s THE ASSAULT, contemporary from its World Premiere at IFF Rotterdam and the primary movie from Kazakhstan to display screen on the pageant.  
 ●      New function filmmaker David Siev’s SXSW Viewers Award and Particular Jury prize winner BAD AXE, a shifting take a look at his in a rural Michigan, as they now combat to maintain their restaurant alive within the face of a world pandemic, racial reckoning, and generational scars from the Cambodian Killing Fields.
 ●      Competition alum Tom Huang’s household dramedy DEALING WITH DAD starring Ally Maki, Hayden Szeto, And Peter S. Kim.
 ●      First time filmmakers Eugene Yi and Julie Ha’s Sundance sensation FREE CHOL SOO LEE specializing in the story of a Korean American dying row inmate convicted of a 1973 Chinatown gangland homicide in San Francisco, and the activists who led a pan-Asian American motion to free him .
 ●      Award successful director Ham Tran’s Vietnamese sci-fi children journey MAIKA.When a meteor falls to earth, 8-year-old Hung meets an alien woman from the planet Maika, trying to find her misplaced good friend.
 ●      Recent new function filmmaker Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance Particular Jury Winner LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE.
 ●      Rising filmmaker Renuka Jeyapalan’s debut function STAY THE NIGHTwill display screen following its World Premiere at SXSW.

Youngsters make the second in a scene from Ham Tran’s MAIKA. Picture courtesy LAAPFF.

Further Competition Highlights
 ●      The LA Premiere of WATERMAN, Isaac Halasima’s take a look at Native Hawaiian and browsing icon Duke Kahanamoku, narrated by Jason Momoa.
 ●      MSNBC Anchor Richard Lui’s newest movie HIDDEN WOUNDS which profiles three households on the intersection of psychological well being and caregiving.
 ●      The West Coast premiere of DELIKADO, an environmental thriller on how corrupt company and political pursuits are swallowing small Indigenous communities within the Philippines, and throughout the globe. 
 ●      Younger Min Kim’s narrative function debut DAWNING, a chilling psychological thriller.
 ●      Particular Presentation of FRAN ROCKSTAR!, a retrospective of brief movies celebrating one in every of VC’s beloved veterans of the Digital Histories program, Frances Ito, Ito who will have fun her ninetieth birthday this 12 months, may also have fun the world premiere of her twelfth movie at this 12 months’s fest.
 ●      The LA Premiere Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan’s THE HEADHUNTER’S DAUGHTER, winner of the Sundance Quick Movie Grand Jury Prize.
 ●      The newest movie from acclaimed Philippine director Mikhail Crimson’s – the revenge thriller ARISAKA – which follows a policewoman who has to retrace the route of the Bataan Demise March to flee her captors.
 ●      The LA premiere of BUSAN, 1999,  a drama from Thomas Percy Kim thatfollows a Korean-American girl return to her mom’s rustic house.
 ●      Deann Borshay Liem’s CROSSING, which seems to be at a gaggle of worldwide girls peacemakers units out on a dangerous journey throughout the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
 ●      Acclaimed musician Kishi Bashi explores the legacy of Japanese American internment via his music in his directorial debut OMOIYARI: A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI, co-directed with Justin Taylor Smith which premiered at SXSW.
 ●      Legacy Award offered to Mira Nair, which is able to embody a Particular Anniversary screening of SALAAM BOMBAY!, her acclaimed breakthrough function movie.
 ●      The North American premiere of the animated function THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE, tailored from a manga collection by the identical title and directed by Yutaru Kubo and Satomi Maiya.

 Musician/filmmaker Kishi Bashi in a scene from his movie OMOIYARI: A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI – Picture Courtesy LAAPFF

The LAAPFF Legacy Award to Mira Nair
 This 12 months, the pageant will uplift Mira Nair as a pioneer whose storytelling has obtained business and significant acclaim, and raised visibility for South Asian narratives.  LAAPFF is delighted to current this 12 months’s LAAPFF Legacy Award to director Mira Nair for the way in which her nuanced narratives mirror an genuine household voice and immediate essential reflection. LAAPFF audiences can watch a Particular Presentation of Nair’s award-winning function SALAAM BOMBAY! on the large display screen. Moreover, digital audiences at house can watch an artist dialog with Nair.

Chanda Sharma in a scene from Mira Nair’s SALAAM BOMBAY!. Picture courtesy LAAPFF.

World Premieres at LAAPFF
 LAAPFF can be honored to host the World Premieres of the next movies:
 ●      Yasir Masood’s narrative function debut ISTIKHAARA, NEW YORK which follows Reza, an artist and Brooklyn transplant, Babbu, a latest immigrant and revolutionary from Delhi, and Rahul, an aspiring Imam and crony capitalist, discovering themselves in an America the place they’re ever the extra necessary however feeling much more appeared over.
 ●      The trendy motion thriller ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING, from director Alexandra Cuerdo.
 ●      80 YEARS LATER, from Celine Parreñas Shimizu, which captures how households regularly grapple with the legacy of Government Order 9066 which imprisoned Japanese People in World Struggle II.

A scene from Yasir Masood’s ISTIKHAARA, NEW YORK which is able to World Premiere on the pageant. Picture courtesy LAAPFF.

HBO Max APA Visionaries
 The HBO Max APA Visionaries Quick Movie Competitors (established in 2016) returns for a particular showcase that after once more gives a platform for rising filmmakers to share their distinctive and numerous views of the Asian and Pacific Islander group. Now in its sixth 12 months, APAV serves to showcase cinematic storytellers of AAPI descent, awarding the highest three winners with money prizes and the chance to have their tasks premiere on HBO Max following their theatrical screening on the 2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Competition.

 Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Competition has offered over 5,000 movies, movies, and digital mediaworks by Asian & Pacific Islander artists, and options seminars, panels, in-person visitor appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Movie Competition continues to be the most important pageant of its form in Southern California and is the premier showcase for one of the best and brightest of Asian Pacific cinema.

 The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Competition is a proud Academy Award®-qualifying movie pageant for Quick Movie Awards. Recipient(s) of the Movie Competition’s Golden Reel Award for Narrative/Animated Quick Movie can be eligible to submit within the Animated Quick Movie/Reside-Motion Quick Movie class of the Academy Awards®.



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