The short film director and associate professor at California College of the Arts shares tips on finding joy through the film festival submission process!

Filmmaker Tina Takemoto has shared many of her films with audiences around the globe. A shorts’ filmmaker, Tina has showcased a handful of her films at CAAMFest. At CAAMFest 2015, she helped bring CAAMFest to a special shorts film program showcasing Asian American LGBTQ films, called “OUTTAKES” at the California College of the Arts, where Tina is a faculty member. Most recently, Tina’s short film, Semiotics of SAB, played at CAAMFest 2017.

Check out Tina’s tips on submitting to film festivals:

  • Create a compelling title and description
  • Include excellent film stills
  • Pay attention to your sound design
  • Apply to festivals you enjoy attending
  • Stay optimistic!


TinaTakemoto_headshot-2-200x200Tina Takemoto is an artist and associate professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work examines issues of race, queer identity, memory, and grief. Her current research explores the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality for Japanese Americans incarcerated by the US government during World War II.

Be part of the world’s largest showcase of Asian and Asian American cinema! Submit your film to CAAMFest 2018 today! The deadline is December 5, 2017.