Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) – formerly known as VC FilmFest – is an annual film festival presented by Visual Communications (VC). It was established in 1983 as a vehicle to promote Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema. The festival fulfills a unique mission in illuminating the visions and voices of Asian Pacific peoples and heritage. The festival is held in Los Angeles in May, which is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
LocationLos Angeles (West Hollywood, Little Tokyo-downtown)
Hosted byVisual Communications (VC)
WebsiteLos Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The festival is the largest in Southern California dedicated to showcasing films by and about Asians and Pacific Islanders. It presents about 150 films and mediaworks, including opening and closing night celebrations, a centerpiece presentation, panels, workshops, and special events.


  • Screenings of Asian American and Asian international films
  • Post-screening discussions with directors and cast members
  • Industry panels on acting, directing, writing and cinematography
  • Gala receptions and networking mixers


LAAPFF presents juried awards to selected films in the following categories:

  • Narrative Feature
  • Documentary Feature
  • "Golden Reel" Award for short film
  • "Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions" Award

LAAPFF is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for "Golden Reel" Short Film Awards. The festival also presents an Audience Award for narrative feature.


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