Filmmaker Advice: J.P. Chan

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.

Filmmaker J.P. Chan. Photo courtesy of the filmmaker.
J.P. Chan.

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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