Announcing the LAAPFF2019 Award Winners
May 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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“YELLOW ROSE,” “HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD,” “FOR SAMA,” “OUR TIME MACHINE” AND “SEADRIFT” TAKE TOP FEATURE FILM HONORS AT THE 35TH LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
THE GOLDEN REEL AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING SHORT FILMS WERE BESTOWED ON “MANILA IS FULL OF MEN NAMED BOY” FOR EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE SHORT FILM AND “ALL IN MY FAMILY” FOR THE DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM CATEGORY
THE ANNUAL LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD WENT TO “SPEAK EASY, B”
PETER S. LEE AND JULIAN KIM WERE AWARDED THE INAUGURAL EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD FOR THEIR DEBUT NARRATIVE FEATURE “HAPPY CLEANERS”
YU GU WAS AWARDED THE INAUGURAL EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD FOR HER DEBUT SOLO DIRECTORIAL DEBUT DOCUMENTARY FILM “A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM”
Friday, May 10, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) The 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented by Visual Communications, announced their filmmaker awards on the Closing Night of this year’s edition, which began on May 2 and concludes on May 10, 2019.
YELLOW ROSE, written, directed, and produced by Diane Paragas, was awarded the LAAPFF Grand Jury Award for Outstanding North American Narrative Feature, while the Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography went to Ante Cheng for the film, MS. PURPLE. A Special Jury Award for Best Actress was awarded to Maya Erskine for her role in PLUS ONE. Actress Eva Noblezada was selected for a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance for her work in YELLOW ROSE.
“Eva Noblezada’s performance in YELLOW ROSE made the film for the jury,” stated Senior Festival Programmer Lindy Leong. “She was just so compelling. You could tell right away that a true emerging talent was before you. You sense that a star is born.”
In the North American Documentary Feature section, SEADRIFT directed by Tim Tsai took home the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding North American Documentary Feature. The jury/panelists also gave out Special Jury Awards to JADDOLAND directed by Nadia Shihab and to ORIGIN STORY directed by Kulap Vilaysack.
This year, LAAPFF also recognized the outstanding international films. In the International Narrative Competition, the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Narrative Feature went to HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD directed by Bora Kim. Special Jury Awards went to Leon Le for the film SONG LANG, and to the directors ensemble of VAI – ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Dianna Fuemana, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Matasila Freshwater, Mīria George, Nicole Whippy.
In the International Documentary Feature competition, the jury gave the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Documentary Feature to two films this year – FOR SAMA directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts; and OUR TIME MACHINE directed by S. Leo Chiang Yang Sun. Special Jury Awards in this section were awarded to Vea Mafile’o and Jeremiah Tauamiti for their film FOR MY FATHER’S KINGDOM; and Kavich Neang for LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING.
LAAPFF is proud to be an Academy Award® qualifying Festival for the Short Film Awards. Recipient(s) of the Film Festival’s Golden Reel Award for Narrative Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/Live-Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®. The film that won this year’s Golden Reel Award and is now eligible to qualify in the Animated Short Film/Live-Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® is MANILA IS FULL OF MEN NAMED BOY, directed by Andrew Stephen Lee.
In addition, the Golden Reel for Best Documentary Short Film went to ALL IN MY FAMILY, directed by Hao Wu, and the annual Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award went to directors Becca Park and Jun Shimizu for their film SPEAK EASY, B.
The Shorts Jury also gave out a Special Jury Award for Impact to Hammad Rizvi for RANI, and a New Voices Award to Anika Kan Grevstad and Mari Young for their film NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES.
This year, LAAPFF established the inaugural Emerging Filmmaker Award for Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature filmmakers who have shown amazing promise as our future filmmakers/storytellers. The Emerging Filmmaker Award for Narrative Feature went to Peter S. Lee and Julian Kim for their film HAPPY CLEANERS. The Emerging Filmmaker Award for Documentary Feature was given to Yu Gu for her film A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM.
“Our artists and their films were amazing this year,” said Francis Cullado, Executive Director of Visual Communications. “Their stories and their craftsmanship raised the bar. The dialogue, conversations, and resource sharing that took place during our panels and presentations were on point and timely. This Festival is once again a great signifier of what is coming and our artists are at the ready and at the forefront of this sea change with their films and projects. I’m grateful to them for making cultural connections with all of our communities.”
The 35th LAAPFF jurors included: Dan Truong, Jacqueline Lyanga, Quan Phung, William Yu, Christina Chang, Claire Aguilar, Ianeta Le’i, Mike Kaspar, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Sudeep Sharma, Ben-Alex Dupris, Marty Syjuco, Marya Bangee, Stephanie Matsuba, Fawzia Mirza, Hussain Currimbhoy, Joe Seo, Justin Tipping, and Marritte Go.
ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations. The organization turns 50 in 2020. Learn more at vcmedia.org.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
Presented by Visual Communications, the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) will take place MAY 2 – MAY 10, 2019 at select cinemas in the Los Angeles area. LAAPFF is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards. For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, please visit festival.vcmedia.org.
The Festival is proud to be partnering with the following screening venues across Los Angeles and Southern California:
- 341 FSN: 341 E 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Aratani Theatre @ JACCC – Little Tokyo (DTLA): 244 S San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Aratani Central Hall at JANM (Japanese American National Museum): 100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ National Center for the Preservation of Democracy: 111 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Downtown Independent – Downtown L.A. (DTLA): 251 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Pacific Design Center: 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
- Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center: 1000 W Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
COMCAST NBC Universal
City National Bank
Directors Guild of America
Motion Picture Editors Guild
The Famous Group
MUFG Union Bank
Academy for Creative Media System, University of Hawaiʻi
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Pacific Islanders in Communications
Walt Disney Television
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Writers Guild of America West
Your Script Produced
GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; California Arts Council; Dept. of Cultural Affairs; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Historical Community Neighborhood Council (HCNC)
FOUNDATION: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Aratani Foundation; Asian Pacific Community Fund; SAG-AFTRA Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund, KEIRO, Little Tokyo Service Center
MEDIA: Character Media; A-DOC, AH1, Angry Asian Man; Go Little Tokyo; Long Distance; This Filipino American Life; Potluck Podcast Collective; Pacific Rim Video Press; International Documentary Association; Giant Robot Media, YOMYOMF
IN KIND: AAAZA; AFC Soyfoods; Asahi; Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience, Brewyard Brewery; Boo’s Philly; Cafe 86; Cafe Dulce; IsaMADE; Chef Kryssie Tinsay; Chung Jung One; Creme Caramel; Far Bar; Echo Park Film Center; First Street Catering; Found Coffee; GoGo squeeZ; Hache LA; Harmless Harvest; HiFi Kitchen; KIND; LT Vibes; Mark Redito; Meiji; MFK by Aysee; My/Mo; Ninong’s Pastries & Cafe; Oculus; Passion Planner; Primo Water; Ramar Foods; Rice and Shine; Simple DCP; Spitz; Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits; The Freezin’ Point; The Park’s Finest; Wolf and Crane; Yelp
VENUE: 18 Social; Downtown Independent; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center; 341 FSN, Pacific Design Center
HOTEL: Hotel Indigo