2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Award Winners

Following the Closing Night of the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented by Visual Communications, the audience ballots were tabulated and the results are in. This year, the audience chose the Sundance Fest hit film The Farewell, directed by Lulu Wang, as the favorite narrative feature film. For audience favorite documentary feature, they chose Journey To Ifugao, directed by Nicanor Evangelista Jr., which had its world premiere at the Festival that began on May 2 and ended on May 10, 2019.

“Our audiences really took to Lulu Wang’s film,” stated Francis Cullado, Executive Director of Visual Communications.  “It was a true celebration of our own family dynamics filled with humor, drama, and emotion. People were so moved and couldn’t stop talking about it.”

This year’s LAAPFF boasted an increase in audiences throughout the nine-day cinema fest, with many sold out screenings and special events throughout the venues, from Little Tokyo to Downtown LA, and to West Hollywood.

“This 2019 crop of our films truly raised the bar for the work that we presented over the years and for our audiences who came out,” stated David Magdael, Co-Director of LAAPFF. “This is an exciting time for our Asian Pacific American artists and our audiences.  The films that are that we programmed signifies a inspiring new chapter in cinema and in Asian Pacific American cinema.  So many stories and so many talented artists both in front of the camera and behind the camera are rising to the forefront.  It is great that our LAAPFF is here to showcase the works and to incubate future artists and bring these dynamic films to audiences.  It was definitely one of our best festivals to date.”

The jury awards for the LAAPFF are listed below:

SHORTS

Golden Reel Award (Excellence in Narrative/Animated Short Film)
MANILA IS FULL OF MEN NAMED BOY
Directed by Andrew Stephen Lee

Golden Reel Award (Excellence in Documentary Short Film)
ALL IN MY FAMILY
Directed by Hao Wu

Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award (Innovative Use of Cinematic Language)
SPEAK EASY, B
Directed by Becca Park, Jun Shimizu

Special Jury Awards 

Impact Award
RANI
Directed by Hammad Rizvi

New Voices Award
NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES
Directed by Anika Kan Grevstad, Mari Young

NORTH AMERICAN DOC FEATURES
Grand Jury Prize – Best Documentary Feature
SEADRIFT
Directed by Tim Tsai

Special Jury Awards
JADDOLAND
Directed by Nadia Shihab

ORIGIN STORY
Directed by Kulap Vilaysack

INTERNATIONAL DOC FEATURES
Grand Jury Prize – Tie –

Best Documentary Feature
OUR TIME MACHINE
Directed by S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun

FOR SAMA
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Special Jury Awards
FOR MY FATHER’S KINGDOM
Directed by Vea Mafile’o, Jeremiah Tauamiti

LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING
Directed by Kavich Neang

NORTH AMERICAN NARRATIVE FEATURES
Grand Jury Prize 

Best Narrative Feature
YELLOW ROSE
Directed by Diane Paragas

Best Cinematography
MS. PURPLE
Cinematography by Ante Cheng

Best Actress (Overall Performance)
Maya Erskine in PLUS ONE

Breakthrough Performance
Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

 INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES
 Grand Jury Prize 

Best Narrative Feature
HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
Directed by Bora Kim

Special Jury Awards
SONG LANG
Directed by Leon Le 

VAI
Directed by ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Dianna Fuemana, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Matasila Freshwater, Mīria George, Nicole Whippy 

EMERGING FILMMAKER
Narrative
HAPPY CLEANERS
Directed by Julian Kim & Peter S. Lee 

Documentary
A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM

Directed by Yu Gu 

AUDIENCE AWARDS
Narrative
THE FAREWELL

Directed by Lulu Wang 

Documentary
JOURNEY TO IFUGAO

Directed by Nicanor Evangelista, Jr. 

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