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 fourth year, the San Diego Asian Film Festival hosts 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. The 2020 SDAFF Award Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 1st at the SDAFF Awards Gala.
THE 2020 SDAFF ASIAN AMERICAN COMPETITION JURY
THE 2020 SDAFF INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY
DANIEL HUI is a filmmaker and writer. A graduate of the film program in California Institute of the Arts, he is one of the founding members of 13 Little Pictures, a critically acclaimed independent film collective in Singapore. He has made three feature-length films — Eclipses (Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent, Doclisboa IFF 2013), Snakeskin (Special Jury Award TFFDoc, Torino FF 2014; Award of Excellence, Yamagata IDFF 2015; Special Jury Mention, RIDM 2015), and Demons (In Competition, Kim Jiseok Award, Busan IFF 2018; Berlinale Forum 2019).
DONSARON KOVITVANITCHA is a film writer, critic, and journalist for magazines and newspapers in Thailand. He also works for Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival as programmer. Donsaron is also an independent film producer, including for The Blue Hour (Anucha Boonyawatana, Berlin Panorama), Malila: The Farewell Flower (Anucha Boonyawatana, Winner of Kim Ji-Seok Award, Busan International Film Festival), and Die Tomorrow (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Berlin Forum).
K. F. WATANABE is the Deputy Director of Film at Japan Society in New York City where he oversees year-round film programming including JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America. His writing on film has appeared in Film Comment, The Brooklyn Rail, The Current (The Criterion Collection), and Notebook (MUBI), among other online and print publications.