VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, established the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 1983 to promote Asian and Asian Pacific American cinema. The Festival has grown from a weekend-long series into a major annual showcase presenting the best of Asian Pacific American and Asian international media. The Festival has screened in various venues across Los Angeles and Southern California area, which include the Directors Guild of America, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center, and more.

The Film Festival serves as a crucial launching ground for Asian Pacific American cinema through the premiere screenings of important new works as well as the development and nurturing of emerging talents via innovative programming initiatives including Digital Histories, the Armed With a Camera Fellowship, and C3: Conference for Creative Content. Past initiatives have included the VC Digital Academy, Project Catalyst, and the Visual Communications Film Development Fund. Award-winning artists presented in past Festivals have included:

• Alice Wu (SAVING FACE)
• Amyn Kaderali (CALL CENTER; KISSING COUSINS)
• Aneesh Chaganty (SEARCHING)
• Ang Lee (A FINE LINE; PUSHING HANDS)
• Anurag Mehta (AMERICAN CHAI)
• Arvin Chen (AU REVOIR TAIPEI)
• Bing Liu (MINDING THE GAP)
• Caylee So & Visal Sok (IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC)
• Charlie Nguyen (THE REBEL)
• Chris Chan Lee (YELLOW)
• Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?)
• Curtis Choy (THE FALL OF THE I-HOTEL)
• Daniel Hsia (SHANGHAI CALLING)
• Daniel Park (KTOWN COWBOYS)
• Diane Paragas (YELLOW ROSE)
• Doan Hoang (OH, SAIGON)
• Eric Koyanagi (HUNDRED PERCENT)
• Erika Surat Andersen (TURBANS)
• Evan Jackson Leong (LINSANITY)
• Eyad Zahra (THE TAQWACORES)
• Gene Cajayon (THE DEBUT)
• Gene Rhee (THE QUEST FOR LENGTH)
• Georgia Lee (RED DOORS)
• Grace Lee (AMERICAN ZOMBIE; AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY)
• Gregg Araki (THE LONG WEEKEND (’O DESPAIR))
• Greg Pak (ROBOT STORIES)
 

• Ham Tran (JOURNEY FROM THE FALL)
• Jennifer Phang (ADVANTAGEOUS)
• Jessica Yu (SOUR DEATH BALLS; THE LIVING MUSEUM; PING PONG PLAYA)
• Justin Chon (GOOK; MS. PURPLE)
• Justin Lin (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW; FINISHING THE GAME)
• Keiko Ibi (THE PERSONALS)
• Kip Fulbeck (BANANA SPLIT)
• Lena Khan (THE TIGER HUNTER)
• Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL)
• Michael Kang (THE MOTEL; KNOTS)
• Mina Shum (DOUBLE HAPPINESS; LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS, AND PROSPERITY)
• Musa Syeed (VALLEY OF SAINTS)
• Nanfu Wang (HOOLIGAN SPARROW)
• Patricio Ginelsa (LUMPIA)
• Philip Kan Gotanda (LIFE TASTES GOOD)
• PJ Raval (CALL HER GANDA)
• Richard Wong (COLMA: THE MUSICAL)
• Rico Martinez (DESPERATE)
• Sarab Neelam (OCEAN OF PEARLS)
• Tanuj Chopra (PUNCHING AT THE SUN; CHEE AND T)
• Timothy Linh Bui (GREEN DRAGON)
• Trinh T. Minh-ha (SURNAME VIET, GIVEN NAME NAM)
• Tze Chun (CHILDREN OF INVENTION)
• Tran Trang (ALETHEIA)
• Wayne Wang (CHAN IS MISSING)
• Yu Gu (A WOMAN'S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM)

and many others. The Festival has also brought the works of such renowned Asian international filmmakers to the attention of Southland moviegoing audiences:

• Mani Rathnam (BOMBAY)
• Marie Jamora (WHAT ISN'T THERE)
• Miike Takashi (THE BIRD PEOPLE IN CHINA; GOZU)
• Mike DeLeon (3RD WORLD HERO)
• Nia diNata (ARISAN!; CHANTS OF LOTUS)
• Nonzee Nimibutr (NANG NAK)
• Park Kwang-su (BLACK REPUBLIC; TO THE STARRY ISLAND)
• Pen-ek Ratanaruang (LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE; INVISIBLE WAVES)
• Ramona Diaz (MOTHERLAND)
• Royston Tan (15)
• Shinobu Yaguchi (MY SECRET CACHE; WATERBOYS)
• Stanley Kwan (ROUGE; RED ROSE, WHITE ROSE)
• Steve Chen (DREAM LAND)
• Taika Waititi (TAMA TÜ; EAGLE VS. SHARK; BOY)
• Takita Yojiro (DEPARTURES)
• Teddy Chen (BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS)
• Tony Ayres (THE HOME SONG STORIES)
• Tran Anh Hung (CYCLO)
• Vea Mafile'o & Jeremiah Tauamiti (FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM)
• Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts (FOR SAMA)
• Wong Kar-wai (CHUNGKING EXPRESS)
• Yung Chang (UP THE YANGTZE)

• Amir Muhammad (THE LAST COMMUNIST)
• Anocha Suwichakornpong (BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK)
• Ann Hui (SONG OF THE EXILE; SUMMER SNOW)
• “Beat” Takeshi (SONATINE; ZATOICHI)
• Bora Kim (HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD)
• Buddhadeb Dasgupta (THE WRESTLERS)
• Chen Kaige (LIFE ON A STRING; TEMPTRESS MOON; TOGETHER)
• Dang Nhat Minh (THE RETURN; NOSTALGIA FOR COUNTRYLAND)
• Danny and Oxide Pang (THE EYE)
• Davy Chou (GOLDEN SHUMBERS; DIAMOND ISLAND)
• Hao Wu (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE)
• Hur Jin-ho (HAPPINESS)
• Im Kwon-taek (SOPYONGE)
• Jiu-Liang Wang (PLASTIC CHINA)
• John Woo (BULLET IN THE HEAD; ONCE A THIEF)
• Josh Kim (HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS...)
• Julia Kwan (EVE & THE FIRE HORSE)
• Kore-eda Hirokazu (AFTER LIFE)
• Lee Myung-se (NOWHERE TO HIDE)
• Lino Brocka (BAYAN KO)
• Lixin Fan (LAST TRAIN HOME)
• Mabel Cheung (THE SOONG SISTERS)

The Festival’s ongoing spotlight programs afford a snapshot of the national cinemas of countries that are little seen in this country, including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, among others.

Visual Communications will present the 36th edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival from April 30 - May 8, 2020 at select venues throughout the Los Angeles Area. The Film Festival will include the latest new works by established and emerging filmmakers and video artists; a slate of provocative and highly entertaining feature-length productions showcasing the talents of Asian American acting and producing talents; new works by Asian international artists; an extended showcase of transmedia works that expand traditional definitions of "cinema"; and filmmaker seminars, panel discussions and symposiums on topics relevant to Asian Pacific cinema. The Film Festival continues and expands its commitment to nurturing new talent and promoting the development of Asian Pacific Americans both behind and in front of the camera through presentation of the annual Grand Jury Awards and Special Jury Awards (feature-length narrative and documentary film), Festival Golden Reel and Linda Mabalot New Director/New Visions Awards (short film), and Festival Audience Awards for favorite feature-length narrative and documentary film. Additionally, Visual Communications is proud to acknowledge that the recipient of the Festival Golden Reel Award for Best Narrative/Animated short film is Academy Awards®-eligible, adding another layer of prestige to this highly anticipated annual event.