Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) is the annually held film festival presented by Visual Communications. They always have 20,000 attendances from all over LA, and Asian countries. It's the one of the biggest cerebrations of Asian cultures in the United States.
YokosoNews decided to sponsor Japan Film Festival Los Anegles 2010 because we recognize how important film festivals are. It's because LAAPFF taught me (Katz) the power of films and the energy of Asian American communities.
On May 6, 2010, LAAPFF was holding the closing night ceremony at Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA.
We spotted David Magdael, co-director of LAAPFF. He explained how LAAPFF started - from mainly showcasing Japanese films in 80s and 90s and then expanded to the rest of Asian countries.
LAAPFF is presented by Visual Communications.
Visual Communications (VC) formed its course by the passion of UCLA students in 1970 to preserve Asian American culture by using media. Then, they started LAAPFF.
Year after year, Asian countries have grown, so have Asian film industries and Asian American films. LAAPFF became the one of the primary showcase of high quality Asian American and Asian films.
LAAPFF has one advantage over other Asian Film Festivals. It's their location - Hollywood.
There are many Asian or Asian American films found their distributors because they premiered their films at LAAPFF.
I, Katz, personally encourage all Asian (or related) filmmakers to submit their films to LAAPFF. Go to VC website, and sign up for their newsletter. They will notify you when they start accepting submissions.
In addition, they have concurrent events or seminar. Consider to join Viusual Communications.
We support VC and LAAPFF!
Seriously, YokosoNews may start looking for Japanese independent filmmakers to bring their films to LAAPFF and the rest of Asian film festivals from Japan.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival