Learn More About CAAMFest FORWARD Drive-In Experiences

Get your tickets to two evenings of in-person events celebrating Filipino American History Month and Hong Kong Cinema

As part of CAAMFest FORWARD, we’re so excited to present CAAM’s first-ever drive-in programming. Taking place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on October 14 and October 15, these unique drive-in experiences will allow us to safely come together in-person for the first time since the pandemic started. Collaborating closely with the Fort Mason Center and following San Francisco’s city health guidelines, we’re working to ensure these public programs will be exciting and safe for our community.

Our drive-in programming will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15. Wednesday’s programming will celebrate Filipino American History Month and Thursday’s films will highlight Hong Kong cinema. 

Lea Salonga in concert CAAMFest FORWARD
Lea Salonga in concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, part of the CAAMFest FORWARD “A Celebration of Filipina Musical Talent” Drive-In Event on October 14, 2020; Image Credit: Robert Catto

Drive-In Day One: A Celebration of Filipina Musical Talent, Oct 14

October is Filipino American History Month, and CAAM will showcase two world premiere projects that celebrate a music icon and a rising star:

  • Lea Salonga in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra CAAM-funded live concert features Lea Salonga, who burst onto the Broadway musical scene with her 1991 Tony Award-winning performance as Kim in Miss Saigon. This new Great Performances program presents Salonga in peak performance at the Sydney Opera House, singing a selection of songs from her Broadway career as well as her hits from the animated movie blockbusters Aladdin and Mulan
  • 7000 Miles: Homecoming A new music documentary directed by Evelyn Obamos that chronicles the Bay Area’s own hip hop star Ruby Ibarra and her band the Balikbayans as they take a trip back to the Philippines. Ruby Ibarra is a Filipino American rapper, music producer, and spoken word artist from San Lorenzo, California. She raps in Tagalog, Waray, and English.
My Prince Edward CAAMFest FORWARD
Chu Pak Hong and Stephy Tang in “My Prince Edward”

Drive-In Day Two: A Celebration of Hong Kong Cinema, Oct 15 

In partnership with Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), CAAMFest FORWARD will feature five feature films (four new films and one classic) from Hong Kong filmmakers. Two of the films will be showcased during our second night at Fort Mason Center. 

  • A Simple Life, Dir. Ann Hui: On the cusp of its 10th anniversary, we are proud to present this award-winning film starring Deannie Ip and Andy Lau. In September 2020, auteur Ann Hui was recognized with the Golden Lion (Lifetime Achievement award) at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. 
  • My Prince Edward, Dir. Norris Wong: Marking its premiere in the U.S., this romantic dramedy stars Stephy Tang and Chu Pak-hong, who portray a pair of lovers preparing for their perfect wedding. But will a shocking secret ruin their big day? 

What To Expect

After purchasing a ticket online through CAAMFest Forward’s website, attendees will be welcomed to the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on October 14 or 15. Cars will be allowed to enter the venue 60 minutes prior to the screening time. We’ll do our best to accommodate all vehicles but keep in mind that taller vehicles like SUVs will likely be parked toward the rear of the venue to avoid blocking the views of smaller cars. 

During the screening, you’ll be instructed to tune into your car’s FM stereo to hear audio. Turn your key to accessory mode to keep your stereo on. If you don’t have an FM stereo, we’d advise you bring a portable radio instead. We’ll also have limited numbers available on hand at the event. 

From there, you can sit back and enjoy the show! If you’re interested in grabbing a bite, Off the Grid will be providing food truck options. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play. At the event, you’ll be able to order your food and be notified when it’s ready. 

Health & Safety Guidelines

Though we’re excited to bring together our community in-person for the first time since quarantine began, your health and safety remain our number one priority. We’ve been working closely with Fort Mason Center and are following the City of San Francisco’s health guidelines to ensure your safety. 

We’ve implemented the following guidelines for the event: 

  • Masks will be required by all attendees over the age of two when outside of the vehicle. Masks with an exhalation valve are not allowed. 
  • Parking spaces are distanced by six feet to promote and maintain social distancing.
  • Attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles when not using the restroom facilities or purchasing from concessions.
  • Restroom facilities will be regularly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Concessions will be marked with social distancing signage, which will be enforced.
  • Attendees who fail to follow safe distancing at the request of staff will be subject to ejection from the event without a refund. 


Tickets for the drive-in experiences are very limited and going quickly! Purchase your tickets at CAAMFest.com. For safety reasons, tickets will be sold online only and no tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are for general admission, and there will be no assigned parking. Tickets are a flat rate of $40 per car, for as many people as can safely ride in each vehicle.