There is also more in the festival blog and the fest flickr group.
The awards at the 25th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival were announced last night. The festival continues through Saturday in Berkeley and through Sunday in San Jose. One of the best documentaries I saw, Bolinao 52 is playing at 2:30 pm Saturday in San Jose.
When Jacqueline Kim announced the narrative awards, she said the SFIAFF (which she has attended four times including in 1997) is one of the best festivals in the world. She concluded the evening with, "This festival rocks!"
Eric Byler told people to go out and make a difference.
Here are the winners (with links and some of the San Jose screenings added):
The Best Narrative Feature Award went to Stephane Gauger's debut feature, OWL AND THE SPARROW. The Jury also presented a Special Jury Award to TRE (Dir. Eric Byler - playing at 6:45 pm on Saturday) Additionally, the Jury honored actor Ken Leung with a Special Mention for his work in two Festival films: SHANGHAI KISS (Dirs. Kern Konwiser and David Ren - playing Friday at 7 pm) and YEAR OF THE FISH (Dir. David Kaplan - playing Sunday at 9:30 pm). The Comcast Audience Award for Narrative Feature went to AMERICAN PASTIME (Dir. Desmond Nakano - playing Sunday at 6:45 pm).
The Documentary Jury presented the Best Documentary Feature Award to NEW YEAR BABY (Dir. Socheata Pouev) and a Special Jury Award to A DREAM IN DOUBT (Dir. Tami Yeager). Lisette Marie Flanary's NA KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA won the Comcast Audience Award for Documentary Feature.
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com