Comcast Narrative Competition Awards

The focus of the Comcast Narrative Competition Awards is to convey the mesmerizing stories created in the minds of a dynamic array of filmmakers. From dramatic portrayals of love to endearing accounts of every day life, this year’s selection leaves no stone unturned. The Comcast Narrative Competition Award will be presented at the Closing Night screening on March 15.

Documentary Competition Awards

The Documentary Competition rewards filmmakers for their bold depictions of the struggles and triumphs of society in everyday life. At the heart of every documentary this year is an idea meant to inspire, inform or celebrate. The winner of the Documentary Competition Award will be announced at the Closing Night screening on March 15.

Emerging Filmmakers Award

With the beginning of the festival’s 30th year, our mission of promoting the best in Asian American and international cinema is more significant than ever. Our newest award category, the Emerging Filmmaker Award, is designed to cultivate and showcase emerging talents from around the world. Whether a light-hearted love story from New Zealand or the harrowing story of an innocent on death row in the Philippines, these are stories that enlighten and move us, which entertain yet engage. These eleven films are truly the cream of the crop.

Loni Ding Award

Loni Ding (1932-2010) was a veteran independent television producer and university instructor. She devoted her life to advocacy and public service, and played a key role in the founding of several public media organizations, including the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Her award winning productions, which include Nisei Soldier (1984), The Color of Honor (1988), and Ancestors in the Americas (1997) were among the first to document early Asian immigrant histories.

SFIAAFF is proud to announce that the 2nd annual Loni Ding Award and its prize of $1,000 goes to Mina T. Son for her film Making Noise in Silence (which you can see in our documentary shorts program, Roots and Reality.) The selection jury felt Son’s unique and refreshing storytelling ability, as well as her passion for illuminating the experiences of underrepresented communities, embodies Loni’s own commitment and mission.

— Loni Ding was the recipient of the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice, established by the Asian American Journalists Association, which supports this award, along with gifts from a number of individual donors.

Verizon Audience Awards

The Verizon Audience Awards gives you, the valued members of our audience, the honor of selecting your favorite movie of the entire film festival! Which narrative moved you to tears? Which documentary spurred a call to action? This is your chance to be heard, so be sure to vote! The Winners will be announced on the CAAM website soon after the festival ends.

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