2020 Festival Theme – What’s your 20?
The annual theme for this year is “What’s Your 20?”, the radio code adopted and widely used in the film industry that means “where are you?” or “what’s your location?”. In the year 2020, we play on the numbers to pose this question, which can be interpreted physically, intellectually and philosophically. VAFF will challenge filmmakers to tell us where they are at, and what they see from that vantage point, especially amidst the on-going global crisis and social movement. No one could have predicted the unprecedented global transformation this year would bring. Storytellers of Asian heritage have felt the monumental impact of global change from artistic achievements on the world stage to the recent pandemic crisis to racial injustice, and have much to reflect on.
2020 Season Overview
VAFF is pleased to celebrate its 2020 Season of year-round events and the 24th annual festival celebration of Asian diaspora and diversity in film, set for November 5-8, 2020. The 2020 Season begin with our annual Open Call for festival submissions on March 15th and an annual events and programs (to be announced) in May.
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month this May, we are kicking off its Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon campaign with a “Diversity in Filmmaking” virtual panel series from May 9 to June 6, 2020 (every Saturday at 2:00 pm) to better cope with the monumental change that the pandemic has brought the world and the film industry. In addition, we bring in a special edition virtual panel to AMPLIFYING BLACK VOICES IN BC FILM – Sat JUNE 13th, 2020 at 2pm.
In June, we kick off our 15th annual Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM15) summer short film competition, which begins with the open call for team applications to participate in the competition. The selected teams for MAMM15 will take part in our MAMMentorships program during the month of July and receive specialized workshops from industry professionals and mentors. All of this builds up to the MAMM15 Gala Screening and Awards Presentation August 29th, 2020.
Our 24th annual festival media launch in October kicks off the countdown to our 24th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival, taking place November 5-8, 2020.
2020 will also see the third iteration of our AIM: Asians in Movies, Music, and Media program with the launch Asians in Media: Comedy. Stay tuned for more details on this!
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VAFF 2019 Festival Program
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