So, for a couple months out of the year, my other unpaid job besides Hyphen is curating a film festival in my hometown, Houston. Slant: Bold Asian American Images features an eclectic mix of short films (30 minutes and under). Some of the filmmakers we’ve featured like Greg Pak, Alice Wu and Michael Kang have gone on to make notable feature length films (“Robot Stories, “Saving Face” and “The Motel,” respectively). This will be our 7th year and I’m starting my search for films again, so if you know of anything good, let me know!

We’re a small festival, but we’re unique in that we don’t charge an entry fee and we pay the filmmakers who get accepted. To find out more about what we’re looking for, please visit the website of our host venue, the Aurora Picture Show. Postmark deadline is March 1st.

In other film news, the Northwest Asian American Film Festival kicks off next week. Seattle people, it’s January 25-28th. Get your tickets now on the site.

Highlights of the NWAAFF include “Journey From the Fall” by Ham Tran, “Eve and the Fire Horse” by Julia Kwan, Georgia’s Lee family drama “Red Doors,” and “Colma: The Musical” (which I still haven’t seen yet but really want to!) They’ve also got a special animation showcase curated by the folks at San Diego Asian Film Festival who always have a kick-ass animation program every year at their own fest.



Presented by Budweiser Select
Supported by MTV World and Southwes Airlines (Official Airline Sponsor)

Asian Pacific American and Asian filmmakers are making history again at this year’s 2007 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals with a vast array of remarkable films. Please join Visual Communications (VC), Center for Asian American Media (formerly NAATA), Asian CineVision (ACV), San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF), Process Space Consulting, APA First Weekend Club, and David Magdael & Associates to celebrate our filmmakers and our stories at the following events:

Sunday, January 21, 2007 – 4pm – 6pm
China Panda Restaurant, 1776 Park Avenue, Park City
RSVP with “PARK CITY RSVP” in subject line to: apafilmparkcity [at] gmail [dot] com

Monday, January 22, 2007 – 12pm – 5pm
The Sidecar Bar, 333 Main Street, Park City


Panel Discussion
Monday, January 22, 2007 – 2:30pm
The Sidecar Bar, 333 Main Street, Park City

  • Moderator: Chi-hui Yang (SFIAAFF Director)


CAAM Media Fund Request for Proposals

The Center for Asian American Media seeks provocative and engaging project proposals from independent media producers. We provide funding for Asian American film and media projects through our Media Fund initiatives which are made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Media Fund awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast with awards ranging between $10,000 and $50,000. Detailed information on our funding initiatives and eligibility criteria can be found on our web site.

Winter Deadline: 2.8.2007 by 5pm Pacific
Summer Deadline: 8.9.2007 by 5pm Pacific

Deadline: 4.12.2007 by 5pm Pacific
Visit the Media Fund web site for an application and list of submission materials:

MTV/OneDotZero Bloom Competition

DEADLINE: January 31, 2007

MTV and OneDotZero have launched BLOOM – a competition to find the best up-and-coming moving image talent from around the world.

If you are over 18 and are an up-and-coming director, animator, or other moving image maker, we invite you to submit a creative written treatment for a one-minute film that represents your local environment, country and community as seen through your eyes. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from MTV Networks International Creative and OneDotZero. Winning creative treatments will be commissioned and be given the chance to get in front of a global audience. Submissions should be sent in the form of a written treatment, and must be accompanied by at least one of the following: mood boards with visual references, storyboards, test films, animatic.

For more information visit the Bloom web site at:

New York AAIFF Now accepting entries!

Deadline (postmarked): Feb 9, 2007

Calling all filmmakers of Asian descent! The AAIFF is turning 30! Come celebrate with us July 19-28, 2007 this momentous occasion. We are now accepting film and video works for both features and shorts. Narrative, documentary, new media, animation, experimental, music video — we consider all. We accept works produced, written and/or directed by media makers of Asian descent from any nationality.

Submit your film online here,

Or you can also download the entry form here:

Founded in 1978, the AAIFF is proudly known as the “First Home to Asian American Cinema.” It was the nation’s first festival dedicated to screening works by media artists of Asian descent and, 30 years later, the festival continues to be a leading showcase for Asian and Asian American film and video. The festival has many showcase categories, including Features, Shorts, Screenplay, Music Video, Works-in-Progress and For Youth By Youth.

For more about the festival and call for entries, go to


Internships – SFIAAFF

The Center for Asian American Media seeks skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to assist with the planning and production of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (March, 2007). The internship consists of project-oriented tasks such as film and sponsorship research, database management and archival work. Internship is a part time and unpaid position (college credit may be available). Scheduling is flexible. This position is best suited for a person willing to share and gain skills in the arena of film programming, event planning, fundraising, and a sincere interest in Asian American and Asian media arts.

For more info visit: To apply send resume to Lynne Connor, Administrative Manager lynne [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org.

Internships – Educational Distribution Department

The Center for Asian American Media seeks interns for the Educational Distribution Department to assist with the revision of its web site, data management, and a possible event. Activities include reviewing and editing film descriptions, contacting filmmakers for updated information, cross-checking, assisting with the overall web site database, mailing list data entry. Knowledge of Word, Excel and FileMaker Pro a plus. These are volunteer part-time positions, flexible hours.

To apply: email your cover letter and resume to Pam [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org or fax 415/863-7428. For information, email Pam at the above address or call 415/863-0814 x108.

Internships – Media Fund Department

The Center for Asian American Media is seeking a responsible, flexible, and detail-oriented intern to assist with the Media Fund department. The Media Fund awards production and completion funding to independent film and video producers. Duties will include departmental research, updating our databases, and maintaining the sample tape library as well as general administrative and clerical support. The internship provides a valuable opportunity to witness projects in the beginning stages of production and gain an inside view into the fundraising process for independent film and media. Flexible hours. For more info visit: To apply send resume to Ellen Park, Media fund Associate at Ellen [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org.

iklipz MONTHLY Best Film Contest Launches!

To generate attention for new filmmakers and equip them with some cool filmmaking tools along the way, iklipz is bringing you the official iklipz Best Film Contest. Beginning July 23, 2006, each month iklipz will select 10 winners with prizes including:

One Grand prize: A Sony High Definition Camcorder (Retail $3,700)
One Second place prize: A Sony Mini DV Camcorder (Retail $449)
One Third place prize: A Sony Cybershot Digital Still Camera (Retail $399.95)
Seven additional noteworthy iklipz Best Film honorable mentions will be awarded as well.

Here’s how it works: Become a member of iklipz at, upload and submit your film, and send your link around encouraging people to view and rate your film. Each month the winners will be selected through a combination of both highest views and ratings. Please be sure to note that anyone can view your film, but in order to rate a film your friends must become a member. You are welcome to, and highly encouraged to, have supporters view your film as many times as possible throughout the month to support your film and increase your views, but you can only rate a film once every 24 hours.

Do you have what it takes to be an iklipz Best Film winner?
Visit, upload your film, and spread the word to find out.

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Hey, Filmmakers,

The DEADLINE of the  Pura Inspiración Film Contest is October 2. Entries should be in Reel Inspiration’s hot little hands by Monday! This Monday!

For those of you who are running late, you can give them to Jana at at the IFASA meeting at Access Tucson by 7 p.m. on Monday. If you aren’t going to the meeting, leave them at the front desk by 7 p.m. Please, contact me if there’s a problem.

Pura Inspiración Film Contest seeks diverse documentary and narrative films celebrating the good in the world and everyday heroes. We would like to screen a diverse program with inspiring stories from a variety of different ethnic groups and backgrounds, but most important is that the film be inspiring. A special award has been added for the filmmaker who best incorporates cultural heritage and traditions into their movie. In additon, there’s a “Best in Tucson” award. Semi-finalists screened during Puro Mexicano: Tucson Film Festival, November 5th at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Adult semi-finalists receive free passes to the festival and it’s gala networking events. (

Entry fees: Adult contest (films up to 10 minutes) $20. Teens (films up to 5 minutes) $10. Kids (ages 12 and under, films up to 3 minutes) FREE! Deadline: October 2, 2006. For application forms, prize updates, and other information, go to:   or contact 520-325-9175 and
MORE PRIZES have been announced for the Pura Inspiración Film Contest on Reel Inspiration’s blog.

In addition to cash prizes and our hand-crafted trophy, a few of the great prizes for adults are:
a distribution deal with Mark Bosko’s InspireDVD
a $500 script consultation with Pamela Jaye Smith of Mythworks
2007 Season IFP/PHX Workshop Pass ($105-$150 value)
RSI and Earl Jones Institute one weekend Technical Training held in Phoenix and Tucson

Good luck!
Jana Segal