The Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience

Established in 2002 in Park City, Utah to honor and recognize the cinematic artists whose works premiered at the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience foregrounds and celebrates the creative products of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian international cinema artists.

In our eighteen-year history, we’ve been happy to learn that the opportunities to celebrate our communities’ cinematic storytelling voices cannot be confined to a cold weekend each January in northern Utah. Thus, we celebrate The Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in cities where we congregate to celebrate and foreground our artists, whether it be in Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Toronto, ON, and points between. We look forward to you following us as we center and celebrate our communities’ artists!

RSVP to #APAPARKCITY HERE

WELCOME

When we last gathered to celebrate Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian international cinema artists at Park City 2021, the organizers of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience waded cautiously but confidently into uncharted waters due to the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic. Yet through the pivot of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City into a virtual celebration platform, we have succeeded in celebrating our communities’ artists whose debuts at the (virtual) Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals affirmed once again the power of our cinematic visions and voices. Despite the triple whammy of a global pandemic, a continuing national reckoning on racial inequity, and the never-ending fallout from the 2020 presidential election, we have joined with our filmmakers and partners to effectively imagine a safer, saner, and yes, a more egalitarian movie-watching and filmmaker celebratory experience.

With that, the organizers of the Experience bring you our eighteenth edition, the 2022 Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in (Virtual) Park City. Through a series of online chats, discussions, and partnerships among a broad range of constituents throughout the Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmaking community, we continue to innovate, integrate, and cultivate both emerging and established storytellers, and adapt technology to fulfill our mission to celebrate and foreground our communities’ cinematic artists.

OVERVIEW: #APAParkCity2022 cohorts

DETAILS: #APAParkCity 2022 here

FLASHBACK: #APAParkCity2020

FOLLOW #APAParkCity FROM HOME

Starting Thursday, January 20, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience team will be (virtually) on the ground preparing for a full line-up of events throughout Opening Weekend starting on Day One and beyond. Hit us on our Facebook event page for timely updates and special announcements pertaining to not only Sundance but Slamdance artists as well. And be sure to hashtag us! #APAParkCity and #AsAmCreatorRollCall to let one and all know you support our communities’ creators.

INTRODUCING…OUR #APAPARKCITY ARTISTS!

For the second time, we connect with one another in (virtual) Park City, Utah! Nonetheless, the organizers of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience are pleased to celebrate a solid slate of works by Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers that are premiering as part of the Sundance Film Festival (January 20 through 30, 2022) and Slamdance Film Festival (January 27 through February 6, 2022). This visionary class of filmmakers offers proof that Asian American and Pacific Islander cinema inspires and illuminates perspectives, no matter if it’s in-person or from your living room couch.

MEET OUR 2022 #APAParkCity ARTISTS

ASIAN PACIFIC FILMMAKERS EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD

In recent years, members of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience organizing team have “hit the road” to celebrate the cinematic achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists whose works have premiered at mainstream film festivals throughout North America. From Austin TX (site of the South-By-Southwest Film, Media and Music Festival) to Toronto, Ontario (home to the Toronto International Film Festival), we have engaged with our friends including the Austin Asian American Film Festival, Asian CineVision, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and others who share with us the goal of spotlighting and foregrounding our communities’ cinematic artists. Stay tuned, as we’ll continue to share our ongoing adventures as we continue to celebrate our artists — at whichever mainstream film festival they are spotlighted.