Welcome from the Executive Director
Welcome to the San Diego Asian Film Festival!
As we mark our 15th season of programming, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to turn 15.
I remember being curious – eager to discover new experiences, rebellious – wanting to create my own rules, fearless – believing, like the show Fame, that “I’m gonna live forever,” and trendy – it was the 80s after all, a mix tape of sun-inned permed hair, massive earrings, spandex, shoulder pads, and the heavy scent of Drakkar Noir and Giorgio. Cue OMD and Chaka Khan.
Now in our Festival’s 15th year, our teen spirit is alive and kickin’ through an ambitious program of more than 140 films from 21 countries spread over 10 days and 9 locations throughout San Diego. We’ve added a day dedicated to dance (MOVEfest), made UCSD our second home base, added screenings in the Gaslamp, La Jolla, and Encinitas, and we’re bringing our Centerpiece event back to where we first started – the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre (FRESH OFF THE BOAT).
It’s no exaggeration to say it’s taken thousands of people to get to where we are today. Over the years, staff, board, volunteers, members, donors, sponsors, artists, educators, activists, advisors, fellow festival organizers, and cinephiles have all shaped what SDAFF and Pacific Arts Movement is today.
With that much love and support, I See No Limits. We hope you do too.
Enjoy the Festival!
Lee Ann Kim