After screening some of J.P. Chan’s critically acclaimed shorts, his first feature film, A Picture of You, had its San Francisco premiere at CAAMFest 2014. Since 1982, the annual festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. Submit now and join us at the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films.
J.P. Chan on CAAMFest:
CAAMFest is a wonderful place to show your film. But dress in layers, because it’s San Francisco in March.
Chan’s tips on submitting to film festivals:
Resist the temptation to submit a rough cut of your film, even if you think it’s awesome. Festival programmers are looking at dozens (if not hundreds) of submissions and your movie might not get a second look if you send a final cut later. So you need to show them the best possible version of your film up front. I have learned this lesson the
hard way. Repeatedly.
J.P. Chan is a writer, director and producer. With A Picture of You as his first feature film, he is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright living in New York City. His short films have screened at film festivals including Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Comic-Con. He holds a graduate degree in urban planning from NYU and was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. He makes his movies and plays while working full-time as multimedia director for the MTA, the New York metro region’s public transportation agency.
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