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!

JOIN US, SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1 -3 PM EST SHARP: Join us at SourMouse (110 Delancey Street, Lower Level, New York, NY 10002) as we CELEBRATE and CENTER our communities’ artists, storytellers and filmmakers! COME and hang out for a networking celebration where you can meet the filmmakers!



As the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience continues its cautious re-emergence from a continuing worldwide pandemic, the return to in-person engagements is an uneven but necessary ingredient in building community. With our latest foray into New York City, the City That Never Sleeps, we confidently step into the 2022 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the premier movie-going events in America. Moving forward (vaxx’d up, masked up) from the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic, we march into lower Manhattan ready to resume celebrating our communities’ artists whose debuts at Tribeca affirms once again the power of our cinematic visions and voices. While COVID certainly hasn’t yet gone away, we’re well aware that this America remains an uneasy environment for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are still “other’d” as perpetual foreigners in this country. And yet, the stories we bring to events as Tribeca give lie to the notion that we are visitors. Instead, with roots spanning multiple generations, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are foundational to the building of America. With that, we proudly join with our filmmakers and partners in realizing a safer, saner, and yes, a more egalitarian movie-watching and filmmaker celebratory experience.

The organizers of the Experience continue our eighteenth year, and our third presentation of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in New York 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 CELEBRATE and CENTER our communities’ cinematic artists.

OVERVIEW: #APATribeca2022 class

RECAP: #APAParkCity2022


Starting Thursday, June 9, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience team will be both physically and virtually on the ground preparing for a full line-up of events in support of our communities’ cinematic artists. Hit us on our Facebook event page for timely updates and special announcements pertaining to Tribeca Film Festival artists. And be sure to hashtag us! #APATribeca and #AsAmCreatorRollCall to let one and all know you support our communities’ creators.


For the third time, we bring the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience to New York City! We are pleased to work with partners, Asian CineVision and sponsors XRM Media and Warner Bros. Discovery to celebrate a solid slate of works by Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers that are premiering as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (June 8 through 19, 2022). This stellar class of filmmakers offers proof that Asian American and Pacific Islander cinema inspires and illuminates perspectives, straight from The City That Never Sleeps.



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.