THE 2016 AWARD WINNERS

15th ANNUAL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS ANNOUNCES THE 2016 AWARD WINNERS

 

GRAND JURY WINNERS

FEATURE FILM WINNERS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: THE SKY-BLUE SYMPHONY: THE STORY OF THE KOREAN SCHOOLS IN JAPAN BY PARK YEONG-I

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: PORT OF CALL BY PHILIP YUNG

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: HIKAWA MARU MONOGATARI BY SHUNJI OGA

SPECIAL JURY MENTION: SAMURAI AND IDIOTS – THE OLYMPUS AFFAIR BY HYOE YAMAMOTO

 

SHORT FILM WINNERS

BEST OVERALL SHORT: SUMO ROAD: THE MUSICAL BY KEN OCHIAI

BEST DRAMA SHORT: THE APOLOGY BY YU SHIBUYA

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT: NAIL HOUSE BY K.S. MCMULLEN

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES BY KAREN KASMAUSKI, LUCY CRAFT AND KATHYRN TOLBERT

SPECIAL JURY MENTION: FINDING CLEVELAND BY LARISSA LAM

 

STUDENT SHORT FILM WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: BURNOUT

SECOND PLACE: SUNIL

THIRD PLACE: UNDERGROUND

SPECIAL JURY MENTION: TABLEAU FOR TWO

 

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

RUROUNI KENSHIN II: KYOTO INFERNO BY KEISHI OHTOMO

Volunteer for AFFD 2016!

AFFD's annual Volunteer Orientation will be held Saturday, July 2, 2016.  It'll be in the downstairs cafe of the Angelika Film Center Dallas at 2pm. The address is 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206.


We'll be going over all the ins and outs of being a volunteer (including earning vouchers for free movies!) and introducing you to the rest of the team you'll be working with. The new interns will be there, and so will the AFFD board.  Introductions all around!  

Please also join our volunteer email list by clicking on "Volunteer" at the top of this page.

See you Saturday!  We're excited!

PRESS RELEASE FIRST TITLES AFFD 2016

 

15th ANNUAL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS
PRESENTED BY WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT

ANNOUNCES FIRST TITLES, FIRSTS & FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

THURSDAY, JULY 14 THROUGH THURSDAY, JULY 21
ANGELIKA FILM CENTER DALLAS in MOCKINGBIRD STATION

5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

 

May 25, 2016 (DALLAS, TX) – The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 15th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 14 through Thursday, July 21, 2016.  

This festival year boasts its first Iranian film as part of its repertory program.  To commemorate its 15th anniversary, they will be showcasing past film festival favorites from its first, fifth and tenth years (films will be announced in the next coming weeks!)

Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Vietnam and from all genres: action, anime, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller and romantic comedy.   

AFFD organizers are excited about adding its first Iranian film and announcing its first three of many diverse Asian and Asian-American films:

The Brick and the Mirror

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 131 min

Released: 1965

Country: Iran

Language: Persian w/ English Subtitles

Director: Ebrahim Golestan

Starring: Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr      

Trailer: Unavailable              

Hashem is a cab driver who finds an infant child in the back seat of his cab one night after he gives a ride to a young woman. He and his girlfriend, Taji, try to cope with this unwanted child. Hashem insists on getting rid of the child, Taji on keeping him.

Port of Call

Premiere status: Southwest premiere

Genre: Crime

Runtime: 126 min

Released: 2015

Country: Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese w/ English Subtitles

Director: Philip Yung

Starring: Aaron Kwok, Jessie Li, Patrick Tam

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeZkE31VUmA

**Port of Call won seven awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards including best actor (Aaron Kwok) and best actress (Jessie Li).

The film is based on a real murder case where a dismembered corpse of a murdered 16-year-old prostitute girl was found in Hong Kong in 2008. Jiamei Wang has moved to Hong Kong from Dongguan, China. Desperate to become financially independent from her mother and step-father, she ends up becoming a prostitute. Chi-chung Ting, a truck driver who had just been brutally dumped, finds Jiamei online. They communicate with each other via text message and become friends right away. On the day of the murder, Jiamei and Chi-chung finally meet in person. Ching Sir, a quirky police officer in charge of the case, wants to find out the real reason behind the incident, to prove that human nature is not evil, to shine a light onto the darkness.

Hikawa Maru Monogatari

Premiere status: International premiere

Genre: Anime

Runtime: 90 min

Released: 2015

Country: Japan

Language: Japanese w/ English Subtitles

Director: Shunji Oga

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C58_D1q9soI

**Hikawa Maru Monogatari commemorates the real-life 85th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Hikawa Maru ocean liner from Kobe to Seattle. The film is based on essayist Genjiro Ito's book of the same name.

Jirō Hirayamais a boy who lost his mother in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and who runs a soba stall with his father. He decides to join the crew of the famous ocean liner Hikawa Maru, and finds work cooking in the ship's galley. Through his eyes, the film explores the ship's 85-year history.

Parties and events

VIP Reception: Invitation-only

Opening Night Party: Thursday, July 14

Filmmakers Reception/Panel: TBA

Closing Night Party: Thursday, July 21

More titles and full schedule of Q&As, parties, events and details will follow in the coming weeks. Visit www.asianfilmdallas.com.

About the Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Since its creation in 2002, the annual film festival has grown to become the South’s largest showcase of Asian and Asian-American cinema. Over the past 15 years, the festival has provided opportunities for nearly 500 Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and documentarians to share their vision, often providing the only venue for their films to be shown in Dallas.

The films have also allowed festival goers a chance to experience other lives and cultures without leaving their seats. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting emerging and established Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and sharing the rich diversity of Asian culture through the medium of cinema.

For more information about AFFD or to purchase passes and tickets, please visit www.asianfilmdallas.com.                                    

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Media credentials and film screeners are available upon request and approval, please contact teresa@redidagency.com

Click links below for the film's stills or images:

The Brick and the Mirror

Port of Call

Hikawa Maru Monogatari


 

Call for Entries Now Open

ANNOUNCEMENT: OPEN SUBMISSIONS FOR AFFD 2016

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas Begins Planning Their 15th Year

DALLAS - On Monday November 16, 2015, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) (www.asianfilmdallas.com) opens the door for submissions of feature and short films for its 15th annual festival week, to be held July 14-21, 2016 at the Angelika Film Center.

 

The Dallas-based festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting emerging and established Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and sharing the rich diversity of Asian culture through the medium of cinema.

AFFD celebrates its 15th year of bringing our ever-growing audience films that often cannot be seen on the big screen outside of their countries of origin. For one week each summer at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, TX, festival-goers and filmmakers escape the Texas heat with a variety of feature films and shorts, from all genres around the globe.

The AFFD is open to any feature film or video productions by Asian American and Asian International filmmakers, or with subject matter concerning Asian issues from any year, country, state, age, category, and serving any theme.  The AFFD was founded in 2002 and has grown to become the largest showcase of Asian and Asian American films in the southern United States. Because of the unique films we exhibit, AFFD is often the only opportunity for these filmmakers' work to be exhibited in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

AFFD also presents advanced screenings of upcoming films, and participates in numerous cultural, community, and member activities throughout the year.

Submissions can be processed and details obtained at the AFFD's WithoutABox festival page here:

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/4793

Categories in Consideration

Best Narrative Short

This category is for a fiction-based film project with a runtime of 60 minutes or less.

Best Documentary Short

This category is for non-fiction based film projects with a runtime of 60 minutes or less.

Best Animated/Experimental Short

This category is for a fiction-based film project with a runtime of 60 minutes or less.

Best Documentary Feature

This category is for a non-fiction based film project with a runtime of greater than 60 minutes.

Best Narrative Feature

This category is for a fiction-based film project with a runtime of greater than 60 minutes.

GENERAL RULES
Festival Submission Guidelines

Rules and Regulations for the Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas
– Feature/Short Film Competition Program -

DEADLINES AND ENTRY FEES
Early Deadline: February 14, 2016 (postmarked)
Early Deadline Entry Fee: $35 (Feature film), $20 (Short film)

Final Deadline: March 31, 2016 (postmarked)
Final Deadline Entry Fee: $40 (Feature film), $25 (Short film)

Fees are discounted if submitted through Withoutabox.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Currently we are accepting payment by Check, Money Order (US Dollar), and Credit Card through WAB and Paypal.
Absolutely No refunds.
Make checks payable to ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS

ELIGIBILITY
Feature film, short film, or video productions by Asian Americans and Asian International filmmakers, or with subject matter concerning Asian issues from any year, country, state, age, category, and serving any theme. No limit on the number of entries per person. Entry fee applies to each project submitted.

ENTRY FORMATS
All entries should be on Blu-Ray/DVD. Please label the Blu-Ray/DVD with your project title, WAB tracking#, and your name. You may submit a work in progress (no trailer), however, if the project is not finished and turned in by deadline, it will not be eligible to be screened at that year’s festival (films received AFTER deadline will be automatically deferred to the following festival year). Secure online screeners also accepted.

*Screener copy will be returned ONLY IF a self-addressed and stamped envelope is enclosed at the time of submission.

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Entries chosen for the festival may be exhibited in the following formats but is dependent on the venue and screening room of each particular program. In other words, even though we can exhibit 35 mm, doesn’t mean we will – it is dependent on the program your work is selected for. So be prepared to offer an alternative such as DVD.

35mm, HDCam (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 compression), DCP, Digibeta, HDMOV, HDAVI and Blu-Ray are accepted exhibition formats.

*We are not responsible for lost or damaged entries.

IF YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED, PLEASE NOTE:
• Exhibition film prints and/or tapes must be sent to the Festival pre-paid.
• Return shipping of the exhibition copy within the United States will be covered by the Festival.
• AFFD does not pay rental fees for submitted films. Instead, we choose to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Winners will be announced on the AFFD website and social networks.

ENTRY SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
1. Completed and Signed Entry Form (if submitting from AFFD website)
2. Press Kit (if available) or digital stills from film.
3. Screener DVD
4. Entry Fee
5. One-paragraph description of your film.
6. Self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your preview tape (Optional).
7. Self-addressed stamped postcard for confirmation of received entry materials (Optional).


SUBMISSION MAILING ADDRESS
Please see http://www.withoutabox.com/login/4793 for details.



All entries selected for the Festival grant AFFD the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.


BE SURE TO KEEP US INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES IN YOUR ADDRESS, PHONE OR EMAIL.

ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SUBMISSION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO mailbag@asianfilmdallas.com.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting your entry to the Festival, you represent that you have the authority to do so and that you have reviewed all the AFFD submission rules and information. You agree to hold AFFD harmless and without liability for the statements you make, and you assert that there are no assigned rights, agreements, distribution agreements, production deals or any arrangements whatsoever attached to this work that would in any way interfere with the showing or screening of your entry to the public within the terms of AFFD. You further acknowledge and agree that if your entry is selected for the Festival then you grant AFFD the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from the film for promotional purposes. 

Award Winners 2015

 

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER


THE LAST REEL, 2014, Cambodia, 105 min, Dir. Sotho Kulikar

 

Feature Film Winners

Best narrative feature
THE LAST REEL, 2014, Cambodia, 105 min, Dir. Sotho Kulikar

Special Jury Mention
A GIRL AT MY DOOR, 2014, Korea, 119 min, Dir. July Jung

Short Film Winners

Best short, dramatic category
THE LOBSTER KID, 2014, USA, 20 min. Dir: Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu

Best short, late night category
ON A STRANGE DAY, 2014, Japan, 40 min, Dir: Akira Matsuda

Best short, experimental category
Juliet Juliet "The Sound of Love Musical", 2014, Japan, 15 min, Dir. Ken Ochiai

Best short, animated category
BUTTERFLY HUNTER, 2015, Taiwan, 19 min, Dir. Min-Yu Chen

Short film jury award for technical achievement
SAVANT: KALI 47 - 2015, USA, 3 min, Dir. Michael Dahlquist

Best acting in a short film Wei-Yi Lin 
WHEN MOM VISITS, 2015, Taiwan/USA, 18 min, Dir: Chiung-wen Chang

Best documentary short
MY LIFE IN CHINA, 2014, USA, 53 min, Dir: Kenneth Eng

LUCKY 88 2016

SALES ARE NOW CLOSED

All - We are happy to continue the Lucky88 tradition into the 2016 festival. Passes go on sale today (7/23) and will run through Saturday (7/25).

Don't miss this opportunity to get an all access pass to all the movies and parties next year for a great price!

Next year's fest dates are July 14-21, 2016 at the Angelika Dallas.

You can purchase:

  • Online at SALES NOW CLOSED
  • At the AFFD information table
  • Or with cash at the AFFD box office

Just Added: WILD CITY July 23 10:00 PM

You read that correctly. We pulled some strings and have a great partner that helped us pull off the impossible. We just added a screening of WILD CITY to the schedule for tomorrow night. It will start at 10:00 PM right after A GIRL AT MY DOOR. Get your tickets now.

You do not need a ticket if you have a VIP pass, a Lucky 88 pass. But you do need a ticket for the following situations:

  • If you got a refund previously, you must buy a new ticket.
  • If you did not refund your ticket and still have the ticket from Sunday nights screening, exchange that at the Box Office for new ticket for tonight.
  • If you exchanged your ticket from Sunday for a voucher, you can exchange that voucher for a ticket at the AFFD box office.
  • You can use a voucher for this screening.
  • If you love to support AFFD, you can buy another ticket anyway. :)

 

AFFD 2015 OPENING NIGHT PARTY 7/16

Get bad to the bone with us at our 80s themed rooftop party!
(inspired by the Opening Night film SEOUL SEARCHING)

14th Asian Film Festival of Dallas
presented by Well Go USA Entertainment
OPENING NIGHT PARTY!

Thursday, July 16
8 pm to 11 pm

The Gatsby
(meet us on the rooftop)
1400 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Ages 21 and up. 
80s attire encouraged. Expect a prize for best dressed. 

RSVP & tickets are available here: 
http://14thaffdopeningnightparty.eventbrite.com
$15 online until July 15, 11 pm (or until we're at full capacity)
$20 door 

Admission is complimentary for AFFD sponsors, members, volunteers, filmmakers & VIP pass holders. 100% of the ticket sales benefit AFFD, 501c(3) organization & to bringing more Asian films!  

Parking options:
1. meter parking - free after 6 pm
2. parking garage on Elm Street, first left before CVS ($6-$7 parking)
3. valet parking

NOTE: Opening Night Film SEOUL SEARCHING screening is at 7 pm at the Angelika Film Center of Dallas

FILM SCHEDULE | GET YOUR SHIRTS

We have finally released the film schedule for the 14th annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas. Get your tickets early, certain films will definitely sell out fast. If there are a bunch of films that interest you and you would like to skip the line, you can still get a VIP pass.

We have also made this year's festival t-shirts for sale on the website. This is the first time we have done this, so let us know if this is a good idea. You can have them shipped to you, or save on shipping and pick them up at the festival. You order, we will hold onto it for you.

It is not too late to support the festival at a higher level and become a member. We have had several new members join over the last few days. Some levels include a VIP pass, check out the different levels. Remember we are 501c non-profit so you can tax deduct it too.