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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

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  1. #ExpressiveAsians and Stereotypes

    Posted September 28th, 2017 by Brian Park in Uncategorized

    Yaoyao Liu As described recently in this Paste article, a (presumably white) Hollywood casting director was quoted as saying Asian performers were “not very expressive” compared to their white peers to explain the disparity in representation between the two groups. In response, a number of Asian Americans in entertainment and social commentary spread the hashtag […]


  2. Keeping my island in my mind: A Filipino perspective on Moana

    Posted June 30th, 2017 by Brian Park in Staff Blog Posts

    By Adrian Alarilla Moana and the Austronesian Migration. Image from The Daily Opium   I have watched Moana possibly five times now. It is probably my new favorite Disney film. Yes, it does have its problems and controversies, especially with the portrayal of Maui, one of the most important deities throughout the Pacific. Yes, it […]


  3. The Market for Asian Representation in Hollywood

    Posted June 26th, 2017 by Brian Park in Staff Blog Posts

    By Yaoyao Liu Asian Faces on the Silver Screen Earlier this year, Kelly Marie Tran made history as the first Asian woman to be featured on the cover of Vanity Fair. Portraying a maintenance worker in the upcoming installment of Star Wars who joins the Resistance, she stands alongside costars John Boyega and Oscar Isaac […]


  4. The Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle: Showcasing the Filipino spirit wherever it resides

    Posted June 2nd, 2017 by Brian Park in Staff Blog Posts

      By Adrian Alarilla I was the Filmmaker Liaison for SAAFF the past two years, and I’m now the incoming Programming Manager. But because I don’t have enough to do, I also organize the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase, a growing community film festival in Seattle that celebrates the Filipino Spirit wherever it resides, by exhibiting […]


  5. Submissions for 2018 Now Open!

    Posted May 19th, 2017 by Brian Park in 2018 Festival

    We are excited to announce that we are gearing up for the 2018 film festival. If you are a filmmaker, check out our submission page here!


  6. SAAFF At Home: 2017

    Posted May 11th, 2017 by Brian Park in 2017 Festival

      PBS: America Reframed Did you miss some of the films from SAAFF this year? Lucky for you, PBS is broadcasting a handful of features for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. You can catch them on tv, or online after they air. Here’s the full schedule of PBS’ program. Avid attenders of SAAFF […]


  7. Congratulations to our Award Winners!

    Posted March 16th, 2017 by Brian Park in Uncategorized

    Congrats to Massive Monkees: The Beacon Director Shannon Gee and NƯỚC Director Quyen Nguyen-Le for winning the Director’s Choice Award and Cinemetropolis Best Short Film Award respectively. (Not pictured: TYRUS Director Pamela Tom) Director’s Choice Award MASSIVE MONKEES: THE BEACON, Shannon Gee The Massive Monkees Crew started in the mid-90s as a group of kids […]


  8. Thanks for Attending SAAFF 2017!

    Posted March 16th, 2017 by Brian Park in 2017 Festival

    That’s a wrap! Thanks to all the filmmakers, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for making #SAAFF2017 possible! We will continue to provide a platform for local API artists and fight for media visibility #StarringUs. Be on the lookout for our Summer Film Series!


  9. Director Spotlight: Alyce Tzue

    Posted February 18th, 2017 by Brian Park in 2017 Festival

    From Architect To Director Soar (2015) Alyce Tzue’s various job titles and credentials would hardly fit on a single resume. She is an animator, director, writer, editor, storyboard artist, visual developer, photographer, architect and perhaps most impressively, a Student Academy Award winner. Alyce studied architecture at Princeton University. But it wasn’t long before she decided […]


  10. Feeling Generous? Donations Matched!

    Posted February 15th, 2017 by Brian Park in 2017 Festival

    ArtsFund is Matching Donations! Did you know that SAAFF is a non-profit organization? Did you know that SAAFF is completely volunteer organized and run? Did you know that SAAFF gladly takes donations? This year, up to $5,000 in donations will be matched by a generous donation from ArtsFund. Show SAAFF some love with your generosity […]