In 2018, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival embarked upon its most ambitious year, coinciding with historic breakthroughs for representation and diversity in the North American film industry. Join us as we look back upon a year to remember in both local and international filmmaking.
Featuring 35 full-length and short films from local and international Asian diaspora, organizing four vibrant after parties that brought together establish and emerging talents, and hosting filmmakers and special guests from across the Asia Pacific, the 22nd annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) can be defined as nothing less than a success. As one of the largest…
Navigating the Lives of Young Asian Professionals: A Sit-Down Interview with Wong Fu Productions’ Phil Wang – INFUSIAN News Spotlight
For over a decade, Wong Fu Productions have been producing Asian American content that has filled the gap in Asian representation present within mainstream media. With over 3.1 million viewers on YouTube, fans in North America, Asia and the rest of the world, audiences around the world have become familiar with the Wong Fu trio: Philip Wang, Wesley Chan and Ted Fu.
In their latest summer series Yappie (a title which refers to the lives of Young Asian Professionals who live the “yuppie lifestyle”), Wong Fu travelled on tour around 9 cities in North America to promote their new series. The series follows Phil Wang, who plays the series main character, Andrew, who must juggle his job, his friends, and his personal journey toward self-fulfillment.
During their Vancouver stop, Justin Kwan, Digital Content Editor at VAFF sat down with Phil Wang to ask him a few questions about the meaning behind Yappie and what plans the group has in store next.
This summer, VAFF presented a packed summer of outdoor screenings, including two partnered screenings at Leg-In-Boot Square with Vancouver Biennale (Finding Kukan on Monday August 13th and Tyrus on Monday August 27th) as part of their Pioneers of Cinema Series and a screening of Meditation Park at the Chinatown Movie Night and Culture Fair on Saturday September 1st.
The Chinatown Movie Night and Culture Fair was also a co-production between VAFF and Chinatown Today which was attended by an estimated 500 people throughout the evening, part of a series of Chinatown Summer Events collaborations this summer aimed at activating the community and spaces within Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Relive the summer outdoor fun of the Chinatown Movie Night and Culture Fair with VAFF Marketing and Communications Assistant Chantelle Lui as she recaps this exciting event.
VAFF celebrates local filmmakers and actors during MAMM’s 13th Annual Screening & Awards Gala at the Rio Theatre Every year, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival hosts a short-filmmaking competition to encourage local talent to try their hand at filmmaking. The Mighty Asian Filmmaking Marathon (MAMM) is now in its 13th year, and as the numbers…
A Triumph for Diversity: Crazy Rich Asians is Showing That There’s a Demand for Representation Crazy Rich Asians. The movie has taken Hollywood by storm, making $34 million at the box office over the first five days and beating out the film’s originally projected $18 million opening [edit. as of Aug 22nd, its opening weekend has…
From the Screen to the Page: Michelle Kim and Jeff Chiba Stearns launch books and talk diversity – INFUSIAN News Spotlight
Interviewing Michelle Kim and Jeff Chiba Stearns – A Look at Their New Books and Their Thoughts on Diversity
This month VAFF’s Community Partnerships Liaison Jenna Matsuhara connected with two prolific local Hapa filmmakers and innovators — Michelle Kim and Jeff Chiba Stearns — to talk to them about their new books as well as their views on the current media environment, how their backgrounds inspire their work and more. Each has taken their own experiences as Hapa storytellers growing up in BC and used these to craft unique INFUSIANs on screen and in print.
The Road to MAMM 2018: An Interview with Creative Producers Nach Dudsdeemaytha and Mayumi Yoshida – INFUSIAN News Spotlight
Join Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s Justin Kwan, Digital Content Editor, as he sat down virtually with our newly MAMM creative producers Nach Dudsdeemaytha and Mayumi Yoshida to discuss some of the exciting plans they have in store for 13th annual MAMM.
Join Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s Lia Ortiz and Jenna Matsuhara as they explore the “The Whimsical World of Takashi Murakami” at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s TAKESHI MURAKAMI: THE OCTOPUS EATS ITS OWN LEG.
Join us over the course of 2018 for our INFUSIAN News Spotlight Articles: vlog posts, interviews, and articles exploring VAFF’s 2018 season theme of INFUSIAN. We encourage you to stay tuned and join us on this fantastic journey!