Section: Special Presentations

The feature presentations at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival reflect the tenor of this singular moment, examining our enduring impulses to laugh, rebel, connect, and reimagine our world.

Section: Asian American Panorama

The heart of our festival and the best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors—from stories of activism, revenge, and revelation, to tales of woe and humor.

Section: Asia Pop!

Films out of Asia that make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring masked romance, digital time loops, and retrofuturistic, data-driven odysseys.

Section: Masters

Fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premiere works by the world’s best directors.

Section: Unknown Pleasures

From Asia’s most innovative and uncategorizable filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.

Section: Classics Restored

Straight out of the archives, these newly restored classics rewrite the lineage of Asian and Asian American cinema with vivid and timeless poignancy.

Section: Shorts

Discover an exciting new generation of filmmakers in this year’s program, which includes international standouts, experimental animations, slow burns, and lush pleasures.

Spotlight: Lumpia Night!

On Friday, October 29th, catch the 2003 comedy Lumpia for free at 4:00PM and then stay for its long-awaited sequel, Lumpia with a Vengeance, at 6:30PM.

Spotlight: Taiwan Film Showcase

For the 10th straight year, SDAFF presents the Taiwan Film Showcase, the largest annual spotlight on Taiwan cinema in North America. The showcase is sponsored by the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, UCSD Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies, the Taiwan Academy of TECO-LA, and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture.

All screenings are free for UCSD students, faculty, and staff with ID at the UltraStar box office.

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