Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Festivals – a List

9-Man at CAAMFest 2015. Photo by Leanne Koh.
A handy calendar of when Asian American and Pacific Islander-themed film festivals take place.

It’s been more than 40 years since the first Asian American film festival debuted in the United States. Now, more than a dozen Asian American, South Asian, Hawaiian and Vietnamese American film festivals occur every year in various regions in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re wondering where and when they are, here’s a list, starting in September.

If you or a filmmaker you know is interested in submitting to CAAMFest 2016 (March 10-20), find out more information here.


CAAMFest San Jose, 2015: September 17-20

Slant Film Festival (Houston): September 26, 2015

Chicago South Asian Film Festival: September 30, 2015


APAture (San Francisco): October 2-11, 2015

Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY): October 15 and 24, 2015

Boston Asian American Film Festival: October 22-25, 2015

San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2015: October 22-25, November 1, 2015


Vancouver Asian Film Festival: November 5-8, 2015

SD Asian Film Festival: November 5-14, 2015

Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival: November 5-15, 2015

Austin Asian American Film Festival: November 12-15, 2015

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival: November 12-22, 2015

Hawaii International Film Festival: November 12-22, 2015

International Southeast Asian Film Festival (I-SEA Film Fest) (SF): November 21-22, 2015


Seattle Asian American Film Festival: February 19-21, 2016


CAAMFest (San Francisco Bay Area): March 10-20, 2016


Asian American Showcase (Chicago)

Viet Film Festival (LA)

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival (Oregon): April 29, April 30 and May 1, 2016

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival: April and May, 2016


Himalayan Film Festival

Sacramento Asian American Film Festival


Houston Asian American Pacific Islander (HAAPI) Film Festival


Asian Film Festival of Dallas

NY Asian CineVision

Festival list compiled by Lauren Lola