A) Have you made a feature-length or a short film? Are you anxious to share your work with an enthusiastic audience hungry for stories by and/or about Asian American and Asian Pacific communities around the world?

(B) Are you a filmmaker who'd like to have a chance for your narrative live-action / animated short film to win the FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD, which would be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the ACADEMY AWARDS®? 
(Psst...we're the only film festival of its kind in the world to have earned this qualification!)

If you are either of the above, SUBMIT your film or mediawork to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Southern California’s leading showcase for new Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema. Since 1983, the Film Festival has provided a crucial launching point for the discovery and sustained support of Asian Pacific independent filmmakers and media artists from around the globe.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST

EARLY DEADLINE: RECEIVED by Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST |  $35 entry fee

FINAL DEADLINE: RECEIVED by by Friday, November 3, 2017, at 5 p.m. PST |  $45 entry fee

WITHOUTABOX and FILMFREEWAY EXTENDED DEADLINE: RECEIVED by Friday, December 1, 2017, at 5 p.m. PST  |  $55 entry fee

Visual Communications Members at the Filmmaker level submit for free! Limit one waiver per member. Find out more about Visual Communications Membership here. Additionally, WAB members are eligible for a $5 discount for entry fees over $30.


Read about eligibility, required materials and other details here.


Read about the Film Festival’s juried competition and audience awards here.


Read some frequently asked questions regarding film submissions here.




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