SDAFF Spring Showcase
With so much filmmaking talent and so many stories to share, we just couldn’t fit it all into our annual San Diego Asian Film Festival — but we found the perfect solution: a mini-festival in the spring!
Since 2011, the SDAFF Spring Showcase has brought a dozen or so of the best of Asian and Asian American cinema to the other side of the calendar year. For the die-hard fans, it means more Asian cinema throughout the year. For the uninitiated, it’s the ideal way to get to know what the San Diego Asian Film Festival is all about!
Stay tuned for the next SDAFF Spring Showcase in 2018!
Past Editions of the SDAFF Spring Showcase
7th Spring Showcase (2017)
Opening Night Film: Poi E: The Story of Our Song (Tearepa Kahi)
Closing Night Film: Gook (Justin Chon)
Films: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James), An Insignificant Man (Kushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla), The Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa), The Net (Kim Ki-Duk), She’s The Boss (Ham Tran), SoulMate (Derek Tsang), Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama), Window Horses (Ann Marie Fleming), Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-Soo).
Special Presentation: “Right to Resist: From 9066 to 2017” featuring four documentary films and four shorts, including: Afghan (Pardis Parker), The Cats of Mirikitani (Linda Hattendorf), Enemy Alien (Konrad Aderer), Letters from Camp (Frank Chin), Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (Eric Paul Fournier), Resistance at Tule Lake (Konrad Aderer), Speaking Out! (Steve Nagano), Tadaima (Robin D’Oench).
Audience Award Winner: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
6th Spring Showcase (2016)
Opening Night Film: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Morgan Neville)
Closing Night Film: Sweet 20 (Phan Gia Nhat Linh)
Films: 3688 (Royston Tan), Born to Dance (Tammy Davis), Heart Attack (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit), Honor Thy Father (Erik Matti), The Lost Arcade (Kurt Vincent), Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo), Three Stories of Love (Ryosuke Hashiguchi)
Special Presentation: “China Now: Independent Visions” featuring four film programs from works from the Beijing Independent Film Festival, including Spark, The River of Life, A Filmless Festival, and animated shorts.
Audience Award Winner: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
5th Spring Showcase (2015)
Opening Night Film: In Football We Trust (Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn)
Closing Night Film: Top Spin (Mina T. Son, Sara Newens)
Films: Gentle (Le-Van Kiet), Giovanni’s Island (Mizuho Nishikubo), Margarita, With a Straw (Shonali Bose), Mariquina (Milo Sogueco), My Brilliant Life (E J-yong), Princess Jellyfish (Taisuke Kawamura), The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D (Tsui Hark), Today (Reza Mirkarimi)
Special Presentation: Cinema Little Saigon, a retrospective of films and videos by Vietnamese Americans on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon
Audience Award Winner: Princess Jellyfish
4th Spring Showcase (2014)
Opening Night Film: To Be Takei (Jennifer Kroot)
Closing Night Film: Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Films: 27°C Loaf Rocks (Lin Cheng-sheng), AKA Dan (Jon Maxwell), How to Fight in Six Inch Heels (Ham Tran), Miss Granny (Hwang Dong-Hyuk), The Protector 2 (Prachya Pinkaew), Shift (Siege Ledesma), Siddharth (Richie Mehta), Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Sion Sono)
Special Presentation: Live performances of 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, in partnership with Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company
Audience Award Winner: To Be Takei
3rd Spring Showcase (2013)
Opening Night Film: Linsanity (Evan Jackson Leong)
Closing Night Film: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Yash Chopra)
Films: Abigail Harm (Lee Isaac Chung), Comrade Kim Goes Flying (Kim Gwang Hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans), Harana (Benito Bautista), Kai Po Che (Abhishek Kapoor), Key of Life (Kenji Uchida), La Source (Patrick Shen), The Last Supper (Lu Chuan), Pieta (Kim Ki-duk), United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1) (Naeem Mohaiemen), Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda)
Audience Award Winner: Harana
2nd Spring Showcase (2012)
Opening Night Film: Sunny (Kang Hyeong-cheol)
Closing Night Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Zoya Akhtar)
Films: The Front Line (Jang Hun), Headshot (Pen-ek Ratanaruang), I Wish (Hirokazu Kore-eda), The Learning (Ramona S. Diaz), Life Without Principle (Johnnie To), My Back Page (Nobuhiro Yamashita), Patang (Prashant Bhargava), A Simple Life (Ann Hui), Somewhere Between (Linda Goldstein Knowlton), You are the Apple of My Eye (Giddens Ko)
1st Spring Showcase (2011)
Opening Night Film: Little Big Soldier (Ding Sheng)
Closing Night Film: Boy (Taika Waititi)
Films: Getting Home (Zhang Yang), Hansel & Gretel (Yim Pil-sung), The House of Suh (Iris Shim), The Man from Nowhere (Lee Jeong-beom), One Voice (Lisette Marie Flanary), Patisserie Coin De Rue (Yoshihiro Fukagawa), Poetry (Lee Chang-dong), Saigon Electric (Stephane Gauger)
Special Presentation: Japan earthquake fundraiser screening of A Tale of Mari & Three Puppies (Inomata Ryuichi)