15 Sep LOCAL FILMMAKERS AND ACTORS SHINE AT 12TH SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
SAN DIEGO, CA — September 15, 2011 — The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is excited to announce its twelfth season which runs OCTOBER 20-28, 2011 at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas (7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108). With more than 160 films slated to premiere, the SDAFF has a strong lineup of films with ties to San Diego.
“Not only are we committed to bringing the best films to San Diego, but we also want to support local filmmaking,” says SDAFF executive director Lee Ann Kim. “We hope this year’s strong local selection indicates that more artists are strengthening their craft in San Diego.”
LOCAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- The gritty urban drama, BANG BANG, was directed Byron Q and produced by James Bak, UCSD alumni. The full-length narrative feature was shot in various locations around San Diego.
- An entire short film program, SD BLOCK PARTY, will showcase short films made by local directors or were shot in San Diego.
- Supporting actress from SDAFF’s Centerpiece Film, SURROGATE VALENTINE, Joy Osmanski, is an alumna of UCSD.
- Ten local high school students were selected to produce and direct short documentaries as part of SDAFF’s REEL VOICES program. Their films will have their world premiere at the Festival on Sunday, Oct 23 at Noon.
- Award-winning animator and San Diego native, Sam Chen, will premiere his latest animated short film during the Festival’s annual program dedicated to the best in international animation.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The San Diego Asian Film Festival is an annual program presented by Pacific Arts Movement. The 10-day festival showcases hundreds of independent and foreign films from dozens of countries at six different venues across San Diego County. An estimated 15,000 people attend the star-studded red carpet awards night, screenings, Q&As, and panel discussions. The annual festival receives national and regional attention for its awards and premieres.
ABOUT PACIFIC ARTS MOVEMENT
Pac Arts launched in 2000 when it debuted the San Diego Asian Film Festival, a showcase of Asian American and Asian international cinema. Rooted in the love of film and the arts, global citizenship, and Asian culture and communities, Pac Arts became an official nonprofit media arts organization in 2002, and is now one of the most significant exhibitions of Asian cinema in North America. Pac Arts presents two major annual events: the Spring Showcase (April) and the San Diego Asian Film Festival (November), which bring awareness to and educate the public about, Pan Asian cinema and media issues throughout the year.