Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, is now accepting entries for the twenty-eighth edition of The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set for May 10 through May 20, 2012 at the Directors Guild of America, CGV Cinemas, and additional venues in the Los Angeles area.

“As we near the Film Festival’s thirtieth anniversary, we at Visual Communications are heartened by the broad range of artistic expression by our community of filmmakers,” said Abraham Ferrer, Visual Communications’ Exhibitions Director and Festival Co-Director. “From the big screen to a truly ‘alternative’ distribution environment vis a vis YouTube and Vimeo and the like, our artists are able to screen at many venues. Still, the Film Festival remains a vital ‘proving ground’ for our artists, and we’re excited to provide a new survey of vital and up-and-coming cinematic voices for our audiences this coming Spring.”

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, presented by Visual Communications, was established in 1983 to promote and present the best in Asian Pacific cinema. Initially a weekend event showcasing nearly 20 feature-length and short films, the Film Festival has grown into an weeklong spectacle boasting an annual program line-up of over 150 films and videos by both independent and studio-based Asian Pacific American and Asian international filmmakers.

The Film Festival has presented the works of such groundbreaking Asian Pacific American artists as Gregg Araki, Timothy Linh Bui, Ertic Byler, Gene Cajayon, Arthur Dong, Philip Kan Gotanda, Kayo Hatta, Eric Koyanagi, Justin Lin, Ang Lee, Chris Chan Lee, Rico Martinez, Freida Lee Mock, Sarab Neelam, Charlie Nguyen, Greg Pak, Mina Shum, Renee Tajima-Peña, Rea Tajiri, Chris Tashima, Ham Tran, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Victor Vu, Wayne Wang, Richard Wong, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Jessica Yu, and many others.

The Festival has also showcased the works of renowned Asian international filmmakers as Lino Brocka, Mabel Cheung, Dang Nhat Minh, Mike DeLeon, Ann Hui, Im Kwon Taek, Chen Kaige, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, Stanley Kwan, Alex Law, Lin Cheng-sheng, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Auraeus Solito, Miike Takashi, Wong Kar-wai, and John Woo.

In its nearly three-decade history, the Film Festival has presented over 3,000 films and videos by artists of Asian Pacific descent.

The 28th edition of the Film Festival will present world and local premieres of major new works by Asian and Asian Pacific American filmmakers and video artists, workshops, media panels, and a wide variety of special events spotlighting the past, present and future of Asian Pacific independent cinema. The best and brightest of tomorrow’s Asian Pacific filmmakers are recognized through filmmaker awards including the annual Grand Jury Awards for excellence in feature-length narrative and documentary film; and the Festival Golden Reel and Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Awards for short film. These awards, in addition to the Audience Award for favorite feature-length film, are presented at the Festival’s Closing Night on May 17, 2012.

Productions for consideration include features and shorts in the following categories: dramatic/narrative, documentaries, experimental works and animation/graphic films; and 1-channel video works in all genres. Entries produced in 35mm and 16mm (film); and NTSC-format works (video) by and/or about Asian Pacific American and/or Asian international producers with themes involving, but NOT limited to, Asian Pacific culture, history and experiences are welcome and encouraged.

Early entries must be postmarked by November 10, 2011; final postmarked deadline for entries is December 9, 2011. WAB Extended Deadline is January 10, 2012. Early deadline entries must include a processing fee of $25 U.S. (domestic and international); final deadline entry fees are $35.00 U.S. (domestic and international). Preview copies must be submitted in DVD (region One or Zero). Notification of selection will be announced in mid-March 2012. For all U.S. entries, a self-addressed stamped mailer is required for return of preview DVDs and tapes.

Online entry is available by logging on to Additional entry materials and regulations are available by contacting the Festival Director, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, c/o Visual Communications, 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information on the Film Festival call (213) 680-4462 x68 or fax (213) 687-4848; or visit the Festival website at


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