CAAM Presents

Honoring Icons and Pioneers of Asian American Media

Although innovations in storytelling are taking media in exciting, new directions, 30 Years of SFIAAFF wouldn’t have been possible without the pioneers and icons that have shaped the Asian American media landscape today. Join us for a series of events that honor just a few of these legendary figures – Joan Chen, Cherylene Lee, and The Nakamura Family – through cast reunions, live conversations, readings, and retrospectives.

With Mardi Gras a Memory, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

As our friends in New Orleans recover from the party of the year, clearing away the vibrant masks and beads to make way for the more sobering period of Lent, we’d like to draw your attention to a less visible figure coming out of the Big Easy: Representative Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese American member of the U.S. Congress, and the only non-white Republican Congressman. Watch the World Premiere of the CAAM-produced documentary MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON at SFIAAFF30!

Celebrating Tibetan Cinema at SFIAAFF30

Happy Tibetan New Year! Or as they say: Tashi Deleg! At SFIAAFF30, there will be screenings of movies created by and for Tibetans: Tibet In Song, Sun Beaten Path, and Himalayan Youth Voices Project. Buy your tickets now!

Closing Night Gala Presentation: Prison Dancer

For the first time ever, SFIAAFF is proud to present a WEB SERIES as our Closing Night Gala Presentation. Inspired by the 2009 Youtube sensation, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu,” PRISON DANCER is an original, interactive musical web series featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the hottest, rising Filipino musical talent in North America. This special “performative cinema” event will include video, live performances by cast members, and maestro-led audience participation. A once-in-a-lifetime program, this unprecedented experience rethinks what media is and can be.

Update: World Premiere of MRS. JUDO Moving to Castro Theatre!

Due to high demand, the world premiere of MRS. JUDO: BE STRONG, BE GENTLE, BE BEAUTIFUL will now be playing at the Castro Theatre on Sunday 3/11. See the remarkable journey of one woman’s struggle against sexism in a male-dominated sport and how she is being honored today.

SFIAAFF30 in San Jose!

Do you know the way to San Jose? We sure hope so because you don’t want to miss our official San Jose Launch Party on Thursday, February 16 at Koji Sake Lounge! One month later, on Friday March 16, SFIAAFF packs up and heads down to the South Bay with KNOTS, our breezy, island-set San Jose Opening Night Feature by renowned director, Michael Kang.

Love is in the air!

At SFIAAFF, Valentine’s Day isn’t only one day: it’s spread out during the entire festival! With films like My Wedding and Other Secrets, Yes We’re Open, Saving Face, and the This Is Not Love shorts program, there’s something for everyone.

The Female Jeremy Lin?

What’s the connection with Jeremy Lin, a rising NBA basketball phenom, and the 30th SFIAAFF? It turns out, Emily Tay, the FEMALE Asian-American Harvard basketball rock star of the documentary, NO LOOK PASS, was friends with Jeremy Lin at Harvard, and her inspirational story can be seen at this year’s Festival!

The countdown begins… It’s 30-to-30!

Drumroll please… the 30th SFIAAFF is here! The Festival’s 30th anniversary program celebrates the past, present, and future – not only honoring pioneers in Asian and Asian American media-making, but also new directions in digital and interactive media, sound and youth culture, culinary arts and gaming.

Announcing the SFIAAFF30 Opening Night Feature!

You may have heard the buzz about our opening night film (no one can keep a secret, anymore), so we’re here to officially tell you, BELIEVE THE HYPE! We are thrilled to kick off SFIAAFF30 with none other than WHITE FROG, the highly-anticipated new film by celebrated director, Quentin Lee.
***Discounted Early Bird Tickets are available now! click here to purchase them today***

Jake Shimabukuro LIVE at SFIAAFF30!


***Tickets are now on sale!***

Don’t miss the World Premiere of this captivating documentary directed by celebrated filmmaker, Tadashi Nakamura. And the icing on the cake? JAKE SHIMABUKURO WILL BE IN THE HOUSE!