Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Opening Date: 
November 01, 2022
Earlybird Deadline: 
December 01, 2022
Regular Deadline: 
December 15, 2022
Late Deadline: 
December 25, 2022
Extended Deadline: 
December 31, 2022
Notification Date: 
April 07, 2023
Event Date: 
May 04, 2023 to May 13, 2023
Festival Description: 

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 2021 by MovieMaker Magazine!

The Festival will feature a robust lineup of in-person programming, along with virtual programming for our audiences at home in Southern California and beyond.

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 200 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. 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.

LAAPFF includes the following presentations:
• Narrative Features, Documentary Features
• Narrative Shorts (Live action/Animation/Experimental)
• Documentary Shorts (Live action/Animation/Experimental)
• Itsy Bitsy Shorts (content created for children, 0 - 5 years old)
• Kid Shorts (content created for children, 6- 12 years old)
• From Visions to Reel (content created by young emerging filmmakers, ages 16-24)
• Cinema Musica (Music videos, and music-centered narratives and documentaries)
• REORIENT: Emerging Media (Cutting edge virtual reality, mixed reality, interactive installations and beyond)
• Pacific Cinewaves (content from Hawai’i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guåhan (Guam), Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa, and throughout the Pacific region)

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, Sujata Day, Christopher Kahunahana, Chen Kaige, Christine Choy, Curtis Choy, Michael Kang, Lena Khan, Stanley Kwan, Ciara Lacy, Ang Lee, Chris Chan Lee, Justin Lin, Alika Maikau, Bao Nguyen, Miko Revereza, Miike Takashi, Renee Tajima-Peña, Justin Tipping, Ham Tran, Wayne Wang, Chelsea Winstanley, Hao Wu, Wong Kar-wai, WongFu Productions, John Woo, Ruby Yang, Christopher Makoto Yogi, Jessica Yu, and many others.

Awards & Prizes: 

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 2022.

• 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.

Rules & Terms: 

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.


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Los Angeles, California 90012
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