FUTURE ROCK STARS: Actress Allison Sie (center) is greeted at Film Festival Opening Night 1998 by (from left): television executive Quan Phung, actors John Cho and Ray Chang, and entertainment executive Elaine Chin. (Photo: Roger Fojas)

It’s hard to believe that when Visual Communications, led by its wily Executive Director Steve Tatsukawa, presented the first edition of the Asian American International Film Festival at the newly-opened Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles Little Tokyo back in October 1983, we would be witnessing the beginnings of a home-grown community institution. Indeed, the Film Festival, now sporting the all-encompassing name The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, has grown exponentially, and has showcased the artistic achievements of hundreds and hundreds of cinematic artists of Asian Pacific descent.

Whether you’ve been to one Festival or all 29 to date, this special feature, The Festival at 30, offers a comprehensive overview of Visual Communications’ efforts to build a creative community that is championed both in the mainstream arena as well as through grassroots activist circles. To find out more about the Film Festival’s history — from historical tidbits from Film Festivals past, to a roll-call of everything we’ve shown during three glorious decades — click on the links below.



HISTORY: To learn more about how Visual Communications established the Film Festival and who has been showcased through the years
TIMELINE: A brief rundown of every edition of the Film Festival, from its humble beginnings in 1983 through the present
AWARD WINNERS: A roster of award-winning films and filmmakers who have been recognized through the years

ROLL-CALL: We spotlight every film and video that has been spotlighted in the Festival over the last three decades

Please check back regularly for additional features as we celebrate three decades of The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Festival Festival.