2008 Program Book Amal Festivalgoers

Be sure to check out Asians on Film as they will be featuring many of the stars and filmmakers who are in this year’s 12th Annual Film Festival. Get all the news and scoops on Asians on Film, it is truly an impressive site! Read More »


WASHINGTON, Sept. 8  ̶  Set in Vietnam and filled with visually stunning dance sequences, Saigon Electric opens the 12th Annual D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival on October 6, 7:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema. Described by Variety as “skillful and energetic” and “a crowd pleaser,” Saigon Electric is a story of friendship, class, love and dance. Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, arrives to the big city of Saigon in hopes of being admitted to the national dance academy. She finds friendship with the rebellious Kim, a hip-hop dancer from a local crew called Saigon Fresh. Mai enters their lives as the crew trains at the community center with their own dreams of competing internationally in South Korea. Read More »


Our friends at the 20s & 30s Asian Going Out Group will host a Happy Hour at Cafe Asia on Thursday, Sept. 22 benefiting D.C. APA Film. (Note: You don’t have to be in this age group to join in on the fun – everyone is welcome!)

D.C. APA Film is run 100 percent by volunteers, we have no paid staffers and every penny earned is spent on festival expenses such as theater rental, food + drinks for the Opening/Closing Night Parties, etc.

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 6 pm.

WHERE: Cafe Asia, 1720 I Street, NW, Washington DC (Farragut West metro)

Click here for more details. See you there!



APA FILM has a number of passes for a FREE PREVIEW SCREENING at the following time/location:

Thursday, May 26, 2011
7:00 pm
Landmark Theaters
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC Read More »


Asian Heritage Month is about to begin and what better way to start off by hosting a kick-off party to a month long celebration full of amazing events held all over the D.C. metropolitan area!

Please join the following organizations in coming together for a night at The Park with complimentary cocktails, networking, and making new friends. Please feel free to pass this invite along to others because as we all know, the more the …merrier! Read More »


photo by Ron Sanchez, Blushing Whale Films

D.C. APA Film would like to thank you for all your support in 2010!

We’ve already had a few meetings to plan some exciting events for you in 2011. We’ve met with some cool organizations, checked out some great venues and continue to look for film fans who would love to join us and help plan the 2011 film festival. Drop us a line if you’re interested in joining us, and keep checking our website for the latest news.

Have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll see you in 2011!


The Fading Light

By Allison Lyzenga, My Film Habit

Film: Theo Huong Den Ma Di (The Fading Light)

Thien Do directs this heart-rending short film about a man returning to his childhood home, and all the traumatic memories of the past that this trip draws out. It’s a story about the profound love between siblings that people often don’t even realize is there until it’s gone, and it’s a serious tear-jerker. Read More »


2010 Filmmaker's Brunch (Photo by Wayne You Huang)

On Sunday, October 10, we invited filmmakers & guests to our 2nd Annual D.C. APA Film Filmmakers Brunch. It was a huge success as more than 40 people were in attendance. Some came all the way from Hawaii and Canada to be a part of it and shared some of their time with video-bloggers Amy & Tru. Read More »


Gerry Balasta - 2010 Winner of the George C. Lin Award (Photo by Wayne You Huang)

After the screening of his feature film The Mountain Thief, director Gerry Balasta was a bit stunned by the silence inside the theater. Did the audience not like his film? Did they sneak out of the theater? Read More »


The Things We Carry: 2010 Best Narrative Feature Award winner

Online sales for The Things We Carry have ended but you can still buy tickets at the door. Do not miss this incredible film – winner of our Best Narrative Feature award. Alyssa and Athena Lobit will be at the screening. After the screenings (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) there will be an incredible after-party at the venue (Goethe-Institut). Drinks, light food, mingle with the stars, talk to fellow film fans. It’s guaranteed to be a fun night! To read more about this film, click here.