SDAFF is a competitive film festival aiming to celebrate achievements in Asian American cinema. An independent jury of filmmakers, curators, critics, academics, and other professionals is chosen to view films and select winners in the following categories: narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, and animated short. Additionally, the jury selects a Grand Jury winner and optional Special Jury mentions.
For the third year, the San Diego Asian Film Festival is hosting a competition for international short films. This competition highlights some of the most innovative work produced in Asia and encompasses narrative, experimental, and documentary forms. This year’s nominees can be found here.
WALTER CHAW has been the Senior Critic for webzine FilmFreakCentral.net since 2000. He is the author of several collections of essays and the monograph Miracle Mile. In his career, he has taught film history and criticism, been the Vice President of Operations for a theater chain in Colorado, done a couple of commentaries on BluRay releases, and curated various library and museum film collections. Currently, he’s writing a television pilot for a limited series. His work has been published in the LA Times, LA Weekly, NY Post and New York Magazine. His book on the career of Walter Hill, with introduction by James Ellroy, is set for publication in Spring of 2020.
ADA TSENG is the entertainment editor for TimesOC, an LA Times community paper covering Orange County. She’s written for Public Radio International, The Washington Post, LA Weekly and NBC News. She’s the former editor of Asian American publications including Asia Pacific Arts and Audrey Magazine, and she co-hosts the Asian American pop culture history podcast Saturday School. Follow her on Twitter @adatseng or Instagram @adatseng88.