Asian Pacific Film Fest

Congratulations to the winning films for our 6th annual APFF!

Audience Award
Joss Lotuses to Grandma
Stefie Gan ‘22, director

Jury Award
The Unreachable Star
Sharon Park ’17, director & producer

The USC Asian Pacific Film Fest (APFF) is a collaborative project between students and alumni to highlight Asian Pacific Islander (API) cinema and filmmakers from the University of Southern California. USC APFF seeks to showcase short films that are produced, written, directed and/or starring API Trojans, as well as films that address topics of interest to the API community. The festival also serves to highlight API Trojans in the entertainment industry.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the Jon M. Chu APAA Cinematic Arts Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to USC School of Cinematic Arts undergraduate students whose creative work demonstrates a commitment to telling stories about the API community.

2023 USC APFF Slated Film Selections

 

Avalanches
Liz Lian ‘22, director

When his younger brother joins the team, a high school lacrosse player is forced to confront his coach’s sexual abuse and the institutional pressures stacked against him.

Bánh Mì
Peter Phan (student), director & writer

A maid helps an ill elder eat Bánh Mì at a restaurant. Little does the elder know, their interaction soon develops into a heart-breaking revelation.

The Tale of the Chopsticks
Alice Wibisono (student), director & writer

In the midst of a strong bond between Mark and Stephanie, a small crack of their relationship about to be unraveled when Mark asked Stephanie’s permission to meet her parents.

To Parade or Not to Parade – Roaring Back in 2022
Jeffery Chin ‘16, producer & camera

After a challenging two years through COVID and the cancellation of last year’s Lunar New Year parade, the city of San Francisco roars back with the Year of the Tiger.

Joss Lotuses to Grandma
Stefie Gan ‘22, director

A girl returns to Malaysia after her grandma’s death. The film explores their bond, the biculturalism of immigration, and the cultural rituals that can help heal grief and the loss of separation.

Chef Kazu
Yukako Fujimori (student), director

A curious food journalist grows an unusual bond with the head chef of a once-prosperous Japanese restaurant.

Seven Minutes
Daeil Kim (student), director & writer

A blind girl is miraculously gifted the chance to see for 7 minutes, and she must choose how to spend those precious moments.

The Unreachable Star
Sharon Park ’17, director & producer

Inspired by the grand tales of Don Quixote, a brother and sister set off in search of adventure to escape their own wartime reality, but ultimately find that the greatest act of heroism is the imagination they lend to each other.

APFF Digital Program Book

Past APFF Winners

Thomas Percy Kim
2022 Jury Award – Director/Writer, BUSAN, 1999

An expecting Korean-American woman returns to her mother’s rustic home. They bathe and scrub each other, searching for reconnection and redemption.

Bruce Chiu
2022 Audience Award
– Director/Writer, Imperfectly complete

Lucy has been taking care of Owen, a blind guitarist she has admired for years. When Owen is about to get his vision back, Lucy faces the struggle of whether to reveal her true identity to Owen.

Tiffany Lin
2021 Jury Award – Director, Carrie Fisher is Dead

A young boy acquires a goldfish named Carrie Fisher. Then she dies.

Kevin Ung
2021 Audience Award
– Director, Refrigerate After Opening

A man who is down on his luck, find a second shot at a life when he buys himself a magical refrigerator.

Shange “Z” Zhang
2020 Jury Award – Director/Producer, The Five Minutes

A businessman in mourning uses a special telephone booth to have a final conversation with his recently deceased wife in the afterlife.

Omar Al Dakheel
2020 Audience Award
– Writer/Director, Ablution

Waleed washes his disabled father Khaled five times a day for Muslim prayer. But when Waleed’s sexuality is revealed, both father and son are torn between religion, duty and self.

Bruce Chiu
2019 Jury Award – Director, Sunset Sunrise

Owing to the self-condemnation of not being a good mother, Lily, a traditional Chinese woman struggles to come to terms with her son’s sexuality as her attempt to “change” him ultimately backfires.

Kalyan Sura
2019 Audience Award
– Writer/Director/VFX Supervisor, The Lie Game

A desperate computer scientist struggling to fund her anti-depression AI application faces her toughest challenge yet.

Eleanor Cho
2017 Audience Award – Director, Joseon’s Bride

Joseon’s Bride is a period piece following a young Korean bride who is trying to immigrate to America to escape from the dangers of Japanese colonialism.

Isaac Deol
2017 Jury Award
– Writer/Director, Warm Sweets

Long, the son of Chinese immigrant Linda must decide whether to fulfill his own dreams and move away for college or stay in South Los Angeles and take over his Mother’s bakery.