From #APAParkCity 2013: As organizing committee members Irene Cho and David Magdael look on, Producer Brian Yang (with mic) and director Evan Jackson Leong thank the reception crowd for supporting their feature documentary LINSANITY. (Photo: Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

Established in 2002 through the efforts of former Visual Communications Executive Director Linda Mabalot and entertainment publicists Winston Emano and David Magdael, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City (or #APAParkCity for short) has become the vehicle through which cinematic artists of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent are afforded a space to be spotlighted and to make their presence felt each January in Park City, Utah — home to the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Initially supported by the Utah State Film Commission and individual donors, the very first Experience Reception in 2002 attracted over 300 guests to the China Panda Restaurant along Park Avenue. Subsequent editions continued to attract supporters of Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema, whose profile has steadily increased over the course of over fifteen years.

Having recognized over 800 directors, producers, and screenwriters, #APAParkCity brings artists, creators and industry insiders together in celebration of our experiences and resources as we recognize our amazing talents who tell our stories and create compelling media projects that shift the landscape, change hearts and minds, and announce our presence.

The Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience is Brought to You By…

Visual Communications (VC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities, and heritage through the media arts. VC’s mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives.

Since its inception, David Magdael & Associates has emerged as a preeminent communications firm specializing in entertainment, corporate communications, and public affairs. With a client base ranging from artists, film productions and broadcast networks to international businesses and non-profit organizations, DMAG feature services to match the diversity of its clients.

Kollaboration was founded in 2000 by stand-up comedian Paul “PK” Kim as a talent show for aspiring Korean American artists to share their talents with the public. Today, Kollaboration is dedicated to supporting Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA) who aspire to pursue a career in the arts. Kollaboration promotes the creation of new narratives by discovering, elevating, showcasing, and connecting the creative talents of the APIDA community to empowering aspiring artists to DREAM BIG and pursue creative careers.

CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media. CAPE creates systemic change in Hollywood by focusing on two critical access points: writers, because diversity starts on the page, and executives, because inclusion starts with the gatekeepers. Through its signature CAPE New Writers Fellowship and CAPE Leaders Fellowship, CAPE is increasing representation from the writers’ room to the boardroom to the living room.

The Center for Asian American Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. For nearly four decades, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.

Asians in Hollywood is an ad hoc coalition of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS®) that organized in 2016 as a result of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Asians in Hollywood unifies AAPI members of AMPAS in an effort to improve the inclusion and representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in entertainment.

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