ANNOUNCING THE 2020 SDAFF AWARD WINNERS

The 21st San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at the SDAFF Awards Gala held on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Winners were selected by an independent jury of filmmakers, curators, critics, academics, and other professionals.

Awards were distributed in the following feature film categories:
Grand Jury, Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker, and Special Jury Mention.

Awards were also given in the short film categories:
Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and International.

See below for the full list of winners.

ASIAN AMERICAN COMPETITION JURY AWARDS

GRAND JURY AWARD
Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane’s MIZUKO (Water Child)

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Bassam Tariq’s MOGUL MOWGLI

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Alice Gu’s THE DONUT KING

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
Nirav Bhakta’s THANK YOU, COME AGAIN

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Yeon Park’s I BOUGHT A TIME MACHINE

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Angeline Vu and Arlene Bongco’s FELT LOVE

SPECIAL JURY MENTION (chosen from any category)
Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s FINDING YINGYING

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY AWARDS

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke’s RED ANINSRI; OR, TIPTOEING ON THE STILL TREMBLING BERLIN WALL

 

OTHER AWARDS

GEORGE C. LIN EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
Elizabeth Lo’s STRAY

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
Ursula Liang’s DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL