Archive for 2012

What To Do This Weekend: DC APA Film & Kollaboration DC Kick-Off Party

Looking for a party this weekend? DC APA and Kollaboration DC are teaming up to bring you a good one.

The Kick-off Party will celebrate the Kollaboration DC show on Saturday, September 22 and the DC APA Film Festival which opens on Thursday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, October 7th.

This shindig will be held at the Navy Memorial on September 21st and doors open at 6:30 PM. There will be a special wine tasting hosted by Cobble Mountain Cellars. Salia to appear along with other special celebrity performers. Guests at the party get an exclusive sneak peak at the DC APA trailers.


DC APA Film Tickets will be on sale at the Kick-Off Event.


DC APA Film Still Needs Volunteers

Interested In Getting Involved? We still need volunteers.

Who: You
What: Volunteer Opportunities
When: September 21, September 22, During the Festival
Where: @ The Kick-Off Party, @ Street Teams at Kollaboration DC, @The DC APA Film Festival
Why: Because it’s fun! (And because we need you!)

How: By emailing ken(at)apafilm(dot)org and asking him how to get involved.


The festival’s film listing and schedule are now live!


Tickets now on sale

Get them before they are sold out!


APAFilm Fundraiser this Sunday, Sept. 9!

Be a part of filmmaking history! Join APAFilm and award-winning filmmaker and Board member Noel “Sonny” Izon for a fundraiser this Sunday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Congregation Kneseth Israel (1125 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD, 21403). The fundraiser will benefit Mr. Izon’s upcoming film “An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines,” the never-before-seen story of efforts (similar to “Schindler’s List”) in the Philippines to provide sanctuary for Jews during World War II.

The fundraiser will also include appearances by some of the featured survivors and the film’s producers and filmmakers. For more information about the project and fundraiser, contact Sonny Izon at or go to


APA Film Volunteer Happy Hour on Sept. 13!

It’s that time of year again! We’re looking for volunteers for the 13th annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival which will be held on October 4-7, 2012. The success of our non-profit organization depends on the participation of volunteers like yourself so please come out and support the festival. You can find more information about the festival at the link below.

Who: You and your friends

What: Volunteer Happy Hour – Come out and learn more about the festival and/or sign up for an event

When: September 13, 2012 (Thursday) 5 – 9 pm

Where: Tabaq Bistro – located at 1336 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, near the U Street Metro station;

Why: Come out and support the APA cause. Get information about and/or sign-up to volunteer for events for the festival and meet new people. You can volunteer for a variety of positions to include ticket sales, event operations, film support, setup crew, marketing, etc . Pick the films you would like to work and meet new friends at the same time. We also have a immediate need for volunteers before the festival so if interested, please email We look forward to meeting you!


2012 P.O.V (Point-of-View) Youth Filmmaker Workshop

POV 2010

Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 POV Youth Filmmaking Workshop

Washington DC – Asian Pacific American Film (APA Film) announces the 5th year of the P.O.V. Workshop, a youth filmmaking training program designed to empower and provide a voice to local Asian Pacific American youth by teaching them the art of visual storytelling. The P.O.V. Youth Filmmaker Workshop program consists of a series of workshops taking place over the course of six consecutive weekends, during which participants will learn the necessary skills and steps to create a short film from conception to completion.

P.O.V. aims to encourage the artistic development of young people within our community between the ages of 16 to 19, by giving them hands-on experience in the techniques of filmmaking. Students will receive valuable insight into the creative and technical strategies essential for conceptualizing, developing, and producing films. Classes will involve a wide range of topics that will give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and put it to immediate use.

The P.O.V. workshop will also provide an opportunity to showcase students’ work to the general public. Participants will work together to create a final short film that will premiere during the 13th annual DC APA Film Festival.

The workshop will be led by Gayle Añonuevo, Amy Hosseinnian, Wyman Lee, and Chris Tsou and will feature local filmmakers and professionals as guest instructors. They will share their expertise and expose students to various types of jobs available in the film industry. Classes will be held each Saturday from July 14 to August 18, at a metro-accessible location in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Applications must be postmarked by June 15th. Selected applicants will be notified by Saturday, June 23th via email.

**Application deadline extended to June 22nd. Selected applicants will be notified by Saturday, June 30th via email. 

Applications are available on our festival website,, and can be submitted by:

Email: pov[at], or

P.O.V. Workshop
c/o Wyman Lee
1380 Monroe St
Washington, DC 20010

Any questions or comments regarding the 2012 P.O.V. Workshop can be forwarded to the APA Film phone number at (202) 330-5496 or pov[at]

Download Application:

Download Release Form:

Download the 2012 P.O.V. Workshop Flyer

2012 POV Workshop Flyer


Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Film writer Allison Lyzenga, who has covered the DC APA Film Festival for several years, attended the D.C. premiere of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. The film will be in theaters starting on April 27. Read what Allison thought about the film:

By Allison Lyzenga, My Film Habit

I had the pleasure of being invited to attend an advance screening of this film by one of its sponsors. TECRO is the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, and this organization frequently sponsors films that present or teach about Taiwanese culture. I am always impressed by movies that I really learn something from. And, just about everything in Warriors of the Rainbow was brand new to me. I’m not claiming to be so worldly as to know everything about all the countries in the world. But, I’ve found that it’s often hard to find films that cover new ground. This phenomenon is understandable. Filmmakers are eager for their work to succeed, so many tend to fall back on old, reliable material. But, I really learned a lot from this film.

My Film Habit: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale


Meet the DC APA Film Crew!

DC APA Film has been around since 2000 and nobody on the staff has ever made a penny from it. Pretty amazing eh? We’re just a bunch of volunteers who love to watch films and enjoy putting together a film festival. It does involve a lot of hard work but when we see you at our screenings laughing, shedding a tear or grabbing the person next to you because you’re scared, it makes everything worth it. We also get to meet many talented filmmakers from all over the country and it is truly our pleasure to show their amazing films to you. Read the rest of this entry »


2012 APA Film Call for Submissions




For Immediate Release – March 5, 2012
Contact: Nene Kalu,

Call for Films: 2012 DC APA Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions!

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2012  ̶  The 13th Annual D.C. Asian Pacific American (APA) Film Festival will take place on October 2012, and we are accepting all submissions through Withoutabox:

More than 20,000 people in the D.C. area have been introduced to the voices and talents of Asian Pacific American filmmakers with the number of attendees growing steadily each year. In recent years we have featured films about contemporary issues that have gone to win awards and receive national television broadcast premieres such as 9500 Liberty (MTV Networks, 2010), A Village Called Versailles (PBS, Independent Lens, 2010) and Daughter from Denang (Academy Award nomination, 2003).

We accept submissions of all types of films including narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental. Why should you submit your full-length or short film to our festival?

  • We are the largest showcase of Asian Pacific American films on the East Coast.
  • Great networking opportunities with filmmakers and talent from around the country.
  • Good odds of acceptance: 30% of entries programmed last year!
  • Washington D.C. is an exciting town with great museums, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.


Dates to remember: Early deadline is April 27, 2012; regular deadline is May 18, 2012; and late deadline is June 1, 2012. Visit our submission FAQ for full details:


Sponsor the 13th D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival!

Sponsoring the APA Film Festival includes buying a multi-channel opportunity to reach out to thousands of movie-goers in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Apart from limited edition festival souvenir catalogs for all attendees, sponsors benefit from additional web, print, and broadcast outlets. Individual or institutional/business opportunities available. GEICO, Verizon, Prudential and SONY have been past sponsors. For more info about Sponsorship, visit

Since 2000, D.C. Asian Pacific American Film, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, has produced an annual film festival based in Washington, D.C. devoted to film and media arts made by and/or about Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent and other Asian Diasporic groups from around the world. For more info about D.C. APA Film, please visit our website at