LOS ANGELES — Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, is seeking short works for its popular Youth Media program, to be presented as part of 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.

A regular component of the Film Festival since 2003, the Youth Media program showcases the best and the brightest of new and recent works created by Asian Pacific filmmakers who are attending or recently-graduated from junior or senior high schools; or pre-college academic or arts programs. Works that have been showcased in past editions of the Film Festival’s Youth Media program have spanned a wide range of subject matter and experiences, from identity, race relations and eduational issues to drug abuse, popular culture, and cross-cultural issues, among many topics.

“Year in and year out, films by and about youth and young adults have captivated and engaged the Film Festival’s audiences,” said Christilily Chiv, the curator of the Film Festival’s Youth Media program, and herself an artist showcased at the 2005 Festival.

“The visions and perspectives of APA youth media artists reflect a range of experiences and topics not often seen elsewhere from older, more established artists,” says Chiv. “Stories from incarcerated youths, budding activists, and teenagers with unique, inventive and sometimes shocking viewpoints have all found a place in this program, and we look forward to spotlighting a new crop of works from our community of young emerging artists.”

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 a 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.

Productions for consideration include created by youth and young adults of Asian Pacific descent in the following categories: dramatic/narrative, documentaries, experimental works and animation; in all genres. Works produced 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.

Preview copies must be submitted in DVD (region One or Zero); production notes and/or presskits should accompany the entry. There is no entry fee to submit works for consideration for the Youth Media program. Entries will be accepted through February 10, 2012 via the Film Festival’s online entry form at:  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 DVD screeners.

Additional entry information 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; or by email: For more information on the Film Festival call (213) 680-4462 x68; or visit the Festival website at


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