As a city filled with communities of people from all over the world, Los Angeles is also home to a wide variety of film festivals and events. The 30th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be held May 1-11, 2014, at locations throughout the city. The festival includes 140 feature and short films, special presentations, filmmaker panels, seminars and parties. May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and the festival has become a key part of the yearly activities in and around Los Angeles. In addition to the films, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival includes seminars aimed at the filmmaking community, covering subjects like distribution, financing, production and screenwriting.
Films Because Asian Pacific culture covers such a wide area, both geographically and ethnically, there is an equally wide range of films screened. With 140 different titles shown at the festival, there are both feature-length films and short films. All the included films have some connection to the Asian Pacific community and most are produced and directed by members of that community. There are films from all different genres: comedy, drama, action, documentary, animation, offering something for everyone. There are also Asian international films shown, these are movies made in Asian countries primarily for distribution in those countries. Special presentation highlights include a documentary called “Hula: Merrie Monarch’s Golden Celebration” about a annual hula contest in Hawaii, along with “Family Ingredients” about a Hawaiian chef tracing his Chinese and Japanese roots through food. Also, “A Stitch in Time (For $9.99)” is a short film in the festival starring a friend of my son and worth seeing.
Locations The festival’s activities take place in a range of theaters and locations around the Los Angeles area. They include the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo and The Art Theatre of Long Beach.
Dates The festival runs from May 1 through May 11, 2014. There is an opening night reception on May 1 along with a screening of “To Be Takei”, about Star Trek actor George Takei. This film was just screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was very well received.
Prices Screenings are $13 for adults, with discounts for kids, students, seniors, and film industry people. Tickets for the opening and closing nights events are more expensive and VIP party tickets are also available. Seminars and lectures are $15 for adults, again with discounts available. There are also a range of free screenings and events offered to the public at no charge. Tickets are available online in advance or as available at the venues.