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2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival Accepting Submissions through May 6

The 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival is currently accepting completed film and video projects which address their mission to celebrate our diverse experiences and to advance the roles of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in film and new media. The 2016 SAPFF runs May 27 – 28, 2016 at The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA 95817.

Films must be made by or about Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. All lengths and genres will be considered.

International films will also be considered, but must be in the English language or contain English subtitles. International films should contain thematic material and content which speaks to the interests of Asian and Pacific Islanders living in the United States.

Official Selections will be announced via email and online on or before May 14, 2016. Films will be exhibited either during the evening of May 27, or the day and evening of May 28, 2016.

On the Submission Form, you will be asked to provide a link to a private screener with password.

Additional Materials and Exhibition Format

If your film or video project is chosen for exhibition, additional materials will be required, including:

  • Headshots of cast and crew
  • 1-5 promotional stills of production, behind-the-scenes
  • Film screenshots

These should be high-resolution digital images in .JPG or .TIFF format, minimum of 300DPI, and should be accompanied by a separate document with captions, identification of subjects, and photo credits as necessary.

You may also be requested to provide posters, trailers or other video clips, as well as additional promotional and marketing material.

Exhibition Format

Depending on the quality of your project screener, a higher resolution or format may be required. Our preferred exhibition file format is Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 1920×1080 24p 48KHz. We will also accept a presentation-ready copy on BluRay disc.

Film Categories


Mystery, suspense, thriller. We love these stories and the character development. Submit your narrative fiction for consideration!


We want to see your creative take on humor, satire or parody. So, make us laugh!


We’re looking for documentaries capturing the reality of past and present experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders. All documentaries are welcome. But this year, we’re looking for a focus on the refugee and immigrant experience.


We’re welcoming international foreign-language films of all genres. Please include English subtitles.


Films incorporating lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters. We would love to see films portraying the LGBTQ community’s triumphs, struggles and experiences in Asian culture.

Submission and Payment Deadlines

The online Submission Form must be submitted along with Submission Fee payment according to the following deadlines and payment schedule.

Submissions will not be considered after May 6, 2016.
Early Bird Deadline $10: March 18, 2016
Regular Deadline $20: April 15, 2016
Late Deadline $35: May 6, 2016

Submission Process

You may access the Submission Form using the link below. You will be asked to provide information about your film or video project including Synopsis, Director’s Biography, Director’s Filmography, Director’s Statement about the submitted project, and cast and crew information.

After the submission of your form, you will be provided with a link to make an online payment within 24 hours, and according to the deadline and payment schedule.

Click here to fill out the submission form.

For questions about the submission process or assistance prior to submitting the Submission Form, please email submissions@SAPFF.org.

Official Website


The signature event of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village, SAPFF serves alongside a continuum of events and programming in support of traditional and contemporary Asian and Pacific Islander artistic expression within the Sacramento Region.   Since 2013, SAPFF has been a champion of independent films featuring the works of Asian Pacific Islanders in front of and behind the camera.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AsianPacificFilmFest
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For more information about the Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, or to see how you can get involved send an email to info[at]SAPFF.org, or call (916) 776-6036.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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