SFIAAFF30 Social Issue Documentary Award: Making Noise in Silence


SFIAAFF is proud to announce that the 2nd annual Loni Ding Award and its prize of $1,000
goes to Mina T. Son for her film MAKING NOISE IN SILENCE (which played in the documentary
shorts program, Roots and Reality).

The selection jury felt Son’s unique and refreshing storytelling ability, as well as her passion for illuminating the experiences of underrepresented communities, embodies Loni’s own commitment and mission.

Selection Committee: Stephen Gong, David Liu, Sapana Sakya, Ellen Park, Masashi Niwano

Making Noise in Silence (2011) trailer from Mina T. Son

Director: Mina T. Son
Producer: Mina T. Son

2012 Loni Ding Award in Social Issue Documentary
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has established an award in memory of Loni Ding’s spirit and vision for creating media about the Asian American experience. The Award of $1,000 will be given to a promising Asian American short form filmmaker whose work illuminates the experiences of underrepresented communities. The award will be announced in March at CAAM’s annual festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The winner will be selected by a committee comprised of CAAM staff and Loni’s former students.

Loni Ding (1932-2010) was a veteran independent television producer and university instructor.  She devoted her life to advocacy and public service, and played a key role in the founding of several public media organizations, including the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Her award-winning productions, which include Nisei Soldier (1984), The Color of Honor (1988), and Ancestors in the Americas (1997), were among the first to document early Asian immigrant histories.

Jury Award Winners:
Comcast Narrative Award: In The Family
Documentary Award: A Lot Like You
Emerging Filmmaker Award: Patrick Wang (In The Family)

Verizon Audience Awards
Best Narrative Feature: The Crumbles
Best Documentary Feature: No Look Pass

Loni Ding Award in Social Issue Documentary: Making Noise in Silence
Ready, Set, Pitch! 5K Contest: S. Leo Chiang (OUTRUN Documentary)

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