11 Nov WINNERS OF SDAFF 2018 ANNOUNCED AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA
WINNERS OF 2018 SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA
SAN DIEGO, CA – November 11, 2018 – Winners of the 19th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) were announced at a star-studded gala awards ceremony on Saturday night, November 10 at the Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier. More than 500 people attended, as the festival announced the following winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcus Hu
Community Legacy Award: Tony Olaes
George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award: Christopher Makoto Yogi, director of AUGUST AT AKIKO’S
Grand Jury Prize: JUNE, directed by Huay-Bing Law
Special Jury Award: ORIGIN STORY, directed by Kulap Vilaysack
Best Narrative Feature: BITTER MELON, directed by H.P. Mendoza
Best Documentary Feature: BLOWIN’ UP, directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Best Narrative Short: FIRST GENERATION, directed by Jeannie Nguyen
Best Documentary Short: NAI NAI, directed by Wyatt Wu
Best Animated Short: YOKO, directed by Wesley Fuh
The SDAFF Awards Gala is part of the 19th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, taking place at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium, Digital Gym Cinemas and the Museum of Photographic Arts, November 8-17, 2018. More than 15,000 attendees are expected to experience one of the largest iterations of SDAFF in years, with over 160 short and feature films from over 20 countries, including Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, China, and the Philippines.
For festival and ticket information visit the festival’s website at http://sdaff.org.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SHOWCASE
The smaller of Pac Arts’ two major events, the 8th Annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is a week-long presentation of the best of Asian and Asian American cinema, held from April 19-26, 2018. In past years, the SDAFF Spring Showcase dedicates a special series to significant individuals and occasions including the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon through “Cinema Little Saigon” as well as the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 through “Right to Resist.”
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The 19th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival takes place from November 9-17, 2018. In 2017, the 10-day festival showcased over 150 independent and foreign films from more than 20 countries at six different venues across San Diego county. Over 15,000 people attended 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.