To provide the Vancouver public with a forum and platform to experience, enjoy, and support films and other media featuring local and international Asian talent using both traditional means, such as the society’s annual film festival, and contemporary methods, such as through online mediums.
To promote and support independent North American and International Asian actors and filmmakers by showcasing their work through the society’s events and outlets; and To promote and celebrate the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media.
A Brief History of VAFF
VAFF is the longest running Asian film festival in Canada.
Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) is VAFF’s premier annual short filmmaking contest. Its purpose is to foster emerging filmmakers and offer them both an educational experience as well as an opportunity to showcase their work to audiences and potential distributors.
How do you love Vancouver? Let us count the ways! Vancouver is celebrating its 125th birthday, and Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) its 15th year, in 2011.
Launched at 2013 as a locus for industry advocacy and action with a distinct diversity focus, the VAFF Industry (VAFF I²) Panel Series continues with burning questions for our “interesting times,” both global and local.
Asians In Movies Campaign
VAFF fiercely supports campaigns such as #starringjohncho, #whitewashout and #oscarssowhite and we hope by launching the “Asians in Movies” Campaign, we can facilitate real change in the film industry.
Lets Celebrate Diversity In Film
VAFF envisions a world where North American Asian actors and filmmakers have the resources and opportunities to shape mainstream culture in a powerful and positive way.
VAFF is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media, and to help North American Asian actors and filmmakers more authentically and more powerfully define and express themselves on screen.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Clement is a strong believer and supporter of community service. He is involved in various charity organizations. Currently he is a Director for the Enspire Foundation and coordinates their Soup Kitchen Program. Co-Founder of The Mad Lab Foundation that implements outreach programs for the Downtown East Side. He sits on the fundraising committee for Science World’s Science of Cocktail, an event that raises funds to support underfunded schools and provide field trips to science world. He is also on the council for La Chaine des Rotissuers and Vice Enchanson of the Ordre Mondial des Gourmet Degustateurs for the Vancouver Bailli.
In a previous career, Alex was a musician born and raised in the Maritimes, where he saw the under representation of Asians first hand. His goal is to transform VAFF’s digital marketing efforts to bring its supported filmmakers, events and mission of diversity & inclusion to new audiences across Canada and beyond.
With a decade of strategic-, creative-, and community-driven roles locally and globally, she hopes to contribute to VAFF’s onward vision and growth.
Sheaf nominations and a Leo award nomination. Her scripts were selected for Whistler International
Film Festival’s Short Scripts Competition and twice for CityTV’s Cinecity Initiatives. “Red Letters”, a
full-length original musical for which she book writer, was produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian
Theatre and toured British Columbia. Her short film “Breaking the Rules” won the Best Short
Narrative award at the DisOrient Film Festival. She recently co-produced her first feature, “The
Hollow Child”, a recipient of the Telefilm MicroBudget fund. She also co-founded the newly
relaunched Scripting Aloud, a pan Asian script reading series based in Vancouver.
Kevin K. Li
his company, Roaming Pictures, youth were trained in filmmaking and with this documentaries were made for the preservation and prosperity of their language, community and culture. Nilesh is currently directing and producing Out of the Stands for Telus Originals while also continuing to advocate for racial equity in our film and television industry.