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THU, NOV 6 | OPENING NIGHT PARTY @ BANG BANG | 9:30pm

Bang Bang, 526 Market Street, Gaslamp

We’re kicking off SDAFF with a Bang. Join us and the cast/crew of REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS at one of downtown’s hippest nightclubs. Complimentary Stella Artois & appetizers during the first hour. Free for passholders or attendees of the opening night film. Sponsored by Union Bank.

FRI, NOV 7 | CONVERSATION WITH ANNA AKANA | 4PM

UCSD CALIT2

Millions have watched her videos on YouTube. Now see her in person to talk about her videos, her digital presence, and what it means to be an Asian American woman storyteller. Free for UCSD students and faculty or click here to buy tickets.

FRI, NOV 7 | TAIWAN FILM SHOWCASE RECEPTION | 5:30PM

UCSD CALIT2

Ticket-holders for KANO can celebrate with a free food reception before the film. Presented by the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series and UCSD Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies.

SAT, NOV 8 | GALA AWARDS NIGHT | 5:30PM

Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North

Our biggest night of the year, dress to impress for red carpet photos with celebrities and filmmakers as we announce the top independent films of the Festival. Special performances by Filharmonic (from NBC’s The Sing Off). Presented by Wells Fargo. For tickets, click here.

Sing Off Filharmonic

SUN, NOV 9 | MOVEfest | 2:30PM & 6:30PM

School of Creative Performing Arts, 2425 Dusk Drive

Celebrating dance, film, and Asian Americans on the move with two live shows with Filharmonic and choreographer Galen Hooks. More information here.

MON, NOV 10 | PASSHOLDERS RECEPTION | 5:30-7:30PM

UltraStar Mission Valley Lobby, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego 92108

An exclusive reception for Industry and All Access Pass holders. Enjoy complimentary Stella Artois, food, and meet filmmakers. Limited space. Please contact james@pac-arts.org to RSVP or purchase an All Access Pass

MON, NOV 10 | MEMBERSHIP SCREENING OF CICADA | 6:30PM

Members watch free! Join us for this special Membership screening of CICADA and meet the director, Dean Yamada. Members get your ticket from the UltraStar box office while supplies last. To join or renew your membership, click here

THURS, NOV 13 | REMEMBERING QUEER KOREA RECEPTION | 5PM

UCSD, Structural and Materials Engineering Building

Complimentary food and drink reception before the screening of THE GIRL PRINCES.

FRI, NOV 14 | CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION | 9PM

Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St, La Jolla

Toast with us after our closing night film MEET THE PATELS, as we wrap our 15th season at the Museum of Contemporary Art with food, drinks, and South Asian Underground beats by DJ Sri420. Free for attendees and passholders.