12th San Diego Asian Film Festival Call For Entries

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Call For Entries Web Banner.jpgHello Filmmaker Friends,

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is currently in it's call for entries period for the 12th San Diego Asian Film Festival, October 20-28, 2011. Submit today for consideration for one of the largest North American showcases of Pan Asian cinema. We're currently seeking competitive entries in the following categories: narrative feature, narrative short, documentary feature, documentary short, and animation.

Regular Deadline: May 2, 2011
Late Deadline: May 20, 2011

For more information, please visit www.sdaff.org | entries@sdaff.org | 619.400.5911

Direct Link: http://sdaff.org/festival/filmmakers.php

From the official announcement:

Shouting Cow Productions & Cinetic Media: TIE A YELLOW RIBBON is on Comcast ON DEMAND

Shouting Cow Productions and Cinetic Media are proud to announce that our award- winning feature film TIE A YELLOW RIBBON will be available to all Comcast digital cable subscribers with ON DEMAND starting from March 1, 2011 through to March 31, 2011 as part of Cinema Asian America's March lineup. It's a monthly-curated series that show the best of the best of Asian American films.

"Engrossing and poignant. Makes a fresh, credible impression"
- Dennis Harvey, Variety.

How to Select the Film

Through Comcast digital cable menu, viewers should click on the "On Demand" button, and then look under the "Movies" folder. In this will be a "Movie Collections" folder and inside of this viewers will find "Cinema Asian America" and will be able to access TIE A YELLOW RIBBON.

It will be priced at $2.99 per view.

For those who are not Comcast digital cable subscribers, the best bet to see the film is to buy the DVD from the film Web site www.yellowribbonmovie.com


A few years ago TIE A YELLOW RIBBON written and directed by Joy Dietrich and produced by Thomas Yong, took the international film festivals by storm and swept 3 awards for Best Feature Film, a Special Jury's Prize from CineVegas and screened at over 20 international film festivals.

"Elegant and touching... Using gorgeous location photography in tandem with an evocative soundtrack, Dietrich gives the film a lyrical quality, as we drift in and out of Jenny' dreams."
- Benjamin Spacek, Las Vegas Weekly

From the official announcement:

Call for Entries - 2nd Annual Games for Change Awards
Deadline: March 31, 2011

The Awards will be presented during the 8th Annual Games for Change Festival (June 20 - 22, NYC). Deadline for submission: March 31. The Games for Change Festival, often referred to as "the Sundance of video games," is the largest gaming event in New York City and the only international event uniting "games for change" creators, the public, civil society, academia, the gaming industry, and the media. There are 4 Award categories for completed and soon-to-be completed games recognizing: Direct Impact, the Knight News Award, Learning and Education, and Transmedia. Criteria and entry form here: http://ow.ly/46zuH

From the official announcement:

The Student Delegate Program for the 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) is now accepting applications!

The Student Delegate Program is an exclusive opportunity for six undergraduate and graduate college students to work together to reflect and talk about Asian and Asian American film and media during the 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (March 10-20, 2011). Selected students will receive a Festival Guest Pass and have the opportunity to:

  • Follow a structured schedule of film screenings and exclusive meetings with filmmakers and industry guests
  • Access other Festival events such as panels and parties.
  • Create content for the Festival website, such as articles, blogs and videos.
  • Collaborate with other Student Delegates on a group project.

We encourage students from all colleges/universities in both film and non-film disciplines to apply. The most important qualities we seek in a candidate are a love for film and desire to share this passion, the ability to interact with other students and festival guests, and a willingness to follow a rigorous program of screenings and discussions. Please access the application and sample schedule here [pdf]. Applications are due by January 31, 2011.

The Asian American Writers Workshop is bringing legendary writer Maxine Hong Kingston to New York for an event on February 1. For more info, visit the AAWW website and Facebook page. Read on for the full details.

Maxine Hong Kingston: A Lunar New Year Benefit for the 20th Anniversary of the Workshop

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Cocktail reception 6-7 PM
Reading 7-8PM
Dinner 8:30-10PM

"'You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you.'" So began The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston's first book, heralding a writer who, possibly more than any, has defined what Asian American literature has meant over the last several decades. The creative memoir sent shockwaves through American letters, establishing themes and controversies central to Asian American literature today: what we carry from our homelands and pasts, the role of myths and family secrets, what narratives are silenced and adventures in genre and gender. We're proud to kick off The Asian American Writers' Workshop's twentieth anniversary and ring in the Lunar New Year by featuring Kingston's ambitious new memoir in verse, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. In Margin, Kingston has built a poem animated by a soul large enough to take in the full vista of life: age and mortality; wonderful friends and loved ones, both alive and passed away; and journeys through China and America and through the languages of Hawaiian pidgin, Cantonese, and Thoreau and Whitman.

Winner of our first Asian American Lifetime Achievement Award, Kingston will read and answer questions at one of the finest Chinese art galleries in Chelsea. Prior to the reading, guests for our cocktail reception will be able to sip a signature cocktail custom-mixed by Eddie Huang of BaoHaus (pictured left) in her honor and snap a photo with her in our photo booth. And after the reading, we'll be holding an intimate dinner of dishes prepared and selected by Chef Huang in her honor--seating will be limited, so please reserve your seat today. Help us celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and our own birthday with one of the central writers of American letters.

Maxine Hong Kingston is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who operated a gambling house in the 1940s, when she was born, and then a laundry where Kingston and her brothers and sisters toiled long hours. Her books--such as The Woman Warrior, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and China Men, winner of the National Book Award--are classics of contemporary literature. The Woman Warrior has been identified by the Modern Language Association as possibly the most frequently assigned twentieth-century literary text by a living writer. Kingston's awards include the PEN West Award for Fiction, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton, as well as the title "Living Treasure of Hawai'i" bestowed by a Honolulu Buddhist church. Kingston is currently Senior Lecturer Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.

@ Chambers Fine Arts
522 West 19th Street (btwn 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Dinner held the home of Lydia Andre and Campbell Wilson
352 W 20th St (at 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10011


6-7PM Cocktail reception (comes with AAWW membership, photo with Maxine Hong Kingston, and reading admission) - $50
7-8PM Reading - $15
8:30-10PM Dinner (comes with AAWW membership, cocktail and reading admission, and listing as Benefit Committee member) - $250

Amazing news -- the Bay Area Video Coalition has been tapped for a MaArthur Foundation grant for nonprofit organizations!

Check out the AP article.

Visit BAVC online.

Follow BAVC on Twitter.

The Korean American Film Festival of New York has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $5500 over the next month. These are great folks -- feel free to toss 'em some dollars if you're so inclined!

From the official email:

Pan Asian Community Together releases the third of its PSA projects, "APIs for the Trevor Project."

Directed by Benjamin Wong and produced by PACT and Ken Choy, the PSA includes Sue Jin, Francois Chao, Megan Lee and Jully Lee. Longer versions include Randall Park and Jae Suh, Elizabeth Sung, Steve Nguyen, Aki Aleong, and Tzi Ma.

PACT produced "Speak Out! APIs against Violence" directed by Shane Sato, and "API Get Out the Vote" directed by Mark Niu.

The Trevor Project works every day to save the lives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people, through direct crisis intervention, suicide prevention, education and advocacy efforts.

Visit TheTrevorProject.org to learn more.

From the official website:

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, seeks outstanding, motivated individuals for employment and volunteer opportunities in preparation for the 27th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, April 28 through May 7, 2011 at the Directors Guild of America, Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre, and CGV Theaters.
Click here for the listings!

From the official announcement:

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is proud to continue its annual Student Delegate Program. Aimed to engage students with Asian and Asian American cinema, the program strives to cultivate the next generation of scholars, artists, administrators and activists invested in the field of Asian American media.
Click here for all the details and application forms.

Three-time New York Underground Film Festival Best Feature film winner Jon Moritsugu (of "Scumrock" and "Mod F*ck Explosion" fame) has a new film in the works!

Check out the trailer for "Pig Death Machine" above.

Click here for the official website.


The Warrior's Way, starring Jang Dong Gun, opens in theatres FRIDAY, December 3rd, released by Relativity Media.

The Warrior's Way, released by Relativity Media, is a visually dazzling modern ACTION adventure with stunningly choreographed fight sequences and gravity-defying stunts. In an original, gorgeously realized journey into a mythical past, writer and director Sngmoo Lee seamlessly marries the cinematic traditions of East and West. Korean superstar Jang Dong Gun, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston and Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush star in this epic story of revenge and redemption.

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The Warrior's Way is written and directed by Sngmoo Lee AND stars Jang Dong Gun (Friend, Taegukgi:The Brotherhood of War), Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns), Geoffrey Rush (Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl), Danny Huston (The Conspirator, Robin Hood), Tony Cox (Bad Santa, Meet Monica Velour) and Ti Lung (Frozen, Dynasty of Blood). The film is produced by Barrie M. Osborne (the Lord of the Rings franchise), Jooick Lee (Seven Swords) and Michael Peyser (Matilda, Hackers). The director of photography is Woo-hyung Kim (Late Autumn). Production designer is Dan Hennah (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans). Editor is Jonno-Woodford Robinson (King Kong). Costume designer is three-time Academy Award winner James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons and Restoration). Original music is by Javier Navarrete (Pan's Labyrinth). Executive producers are Tim White (The Boys Are Back, Ned Kelly) and Eui Hong.


After a lifetime of training in PREMIER LEVEL swordsmanship, Yang (Jang Dong Gun) has eliminated all but one of his clan's enemies--an infant whose smile instantly melts his heart. Unwilling to kill her and unable protect her from his own deadly tribe, Yang takes the baby girl and flees, planning to seek refuge with an old friend living in Lode, a frontier town in the American West. He arrives to find that his friend has died and the once-thriving Gold Rush town is in shambles, inhabited only by a few dozen eccentrics including Lynne (Kate Bosworth), a beautiful, spirited knife thrower-in-training, and Ron, a worn-out drunk (Geoffrey Rush). In order to make a safe home for the child far from the reach of his murderous clansman, Yang decides to stay on as the town's new laundryman, sealing his sword for good.

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The Warrior's Way is Sngmoo Lee's feature film debut; and he was determined to make an impact with this project. "When I first had a chance to direct a film, I wanted to do something new." says filmmaker Lee. "A cross culture film was always my interest. It's my urge to see something on screen that I've never seen before."


Already a box office sensation in Asia, Jang Dong Gun makes his Hollywood debut with The Warrior's Way. Many are already considering him next in line, as Hollywood's next Jackie Chan or Jet Li. Jang Dong Gun says "It feels great to hear that [those comparisons]. But this is just the beginning. For now, I'll just continue to work hard."

His colleagues are already comparing to other Hollywood greats."Jang Dong Gun is like Clint Eastwood for me" says co-star Danny Huston. "He's got this wonderful face, which doesn't have to act or -over express his sentiments... Which for me is perfect for a western!"

The Warrior's Way, released by Relativity Media, opens nationwide Friday December 3, 2010.


For more information, please visit the official movie site: http://www.iamrogue.com/thewarriorsway


Congrats to Australian comics creator and filmmaker Shaun Tan, whose short animated film "The Lost Thing" (co-directed with Andrew Ruhemann), has made the list of 33 Oscar-qualified animated shorts.

Learn more about the film and view a trailer.

See the whole list of qualified shorts here.

Hey, Canadian writers, check out the CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program, deadline December 1, 2010. From the official announcement:

The Writers Guild of Canada and CTV have come together to bring more diverse writers into the talent pool of Canadian screenwriting. The CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program reaches out to offer emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the chance to hone the skills they need to become successful professional screenwriters. And one writer will come out of the program with a paid internship in a CTV conventional television or specialty service series.

The program will offer up to eight writers a one-week intensive workshop in Toronto in March 2011. Featuring lectures, guest speakers, screenings, and more, the workshop will launch the writers' development of their original script. After the workshop, each writer will partner with an experienced screenwriter mentor to hone their script and pitch, finishing the program with a polished calling card to the industry. In addition, one writer will be selected for a paid internship in a writers' room on a CTV conventional television or specialty service show.

Click here for the full scoop.

H/T Reel Asian.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival unspools this weekend, screening a bunch of shorts and features including "The Things We Carry" (trailer above), "AOKI," "The People I've Slept With," and "Today's Special."

Click here for the official website.

Click here for a write up from Sampan.org.

I clearly haven't been paying attention because I missed the fact that Chow Yun-Fat is in a movie about Confucius. You can see "Confucius" and a bunch of other overseas flicks at the Chinese American Film Festival in San Francisco, starting November 17.

The Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival opens tonight with the martial arts comedy "Gallants."

Check out the official website. and follow @reelasian on Twitter.

Read the CTV Toronto preview.

Meniscus Magazine has posted a write up of the "Conversation with Greg Pak" event at last month's Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival -- and includes a link to a free download of "Vision Machine," Pak's latest independent comic book project.

Check it out.

The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival opens on November 10 in New York City with Raj Nidimoru's and Krishna DK's "NOISE (Shor)."

Visit the official website for all the deets.

These are good folks. Definitely worth submitting for you if you have a project that matches. From the official announcement:

Tribeca All Access Call For Submissions

Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a year round networking and career development program of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) that supports the work of directors and screenwriters from traditionally under-represented communities within the industry.

In 2011, TAA will provide grants of $10, 000 to ten exceptional filmmakers working in narrative and documentary film. Selected participants will be offered one-on-one meetings with key industry players, targeted networking events, dedicated panels and comprehensive workshops during the Tribeca Film Festival .

Tribeca All Access is open to both mid-career and emerging narrative and documentary filmmakers. Applicants are required to submit a completed feature-length screenplay, documentary proposal, or documentary work-in-progress and must have at least one qualifying screenwriter or director attached. Projects may be of any subject matter, genre, or budget range.

This year, TAA will extend its year-round programming and support for alumni by awarding over $25,000 in grants and fellowships along with industry cultivation initiatives for past TAA projects in development or new works by program alumni.

The Tribeca All Access program is a recognized talent pool within the industry and an unrivaled opportunity to advance your filmmaking career.

Apply Now! Deadline is Monday, December 8, 2010.

We will be holding an open info session at the Cantor Film Center , 36 E. 8th Street , NYC on Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30pm. Rsvptaa1@tribecafilminstitute.org.

Web www.tribecafilminstitute.org/taa/

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