Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

PAAFF 2011
  NOV. 2-NOV. 8

2011 Festival Trailer

Director’s Statement

On behalf of the Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, I welcome you to the 4th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival presented by HBO (PAAFF’11)!

2011 is a big year for us and we’ve expanded our festival to run a full week with 10 feature films and 2 short programs. Highlights include Among B-Boys, which will feature a live b-boy demonstration; the hilarious Korean American romantic comedy Wedding Palace; a live music and film event titled Suite Suite Chinatown; the exciting action drama, The Girl from the Naked Eye and the charming romantic comedy, Almost Perfect.

In addition, there are many hidden gems such as One Kine Day, the winner of the Hawaiian International Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award, and our free shorts programs, which are a great sampling of diverse films by up-and-coming filmmakers.

As always, our focus is on you, our audience. In keeping with that theme, we’ve kept ticket prices low and incorporated a number of free films and free catered receptions. You’ll also have a chance to meet our filmmakers and ask them questions following most of our films.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support and they include: HBO, Comcast, Multicultural Affairs Congress, DIVE, Hep B Free Philadelphia, Clear Channel Radio, Cinema Asian America, and many more.

Of course, PAAFF would not be possible without the hard work from our volunteer staff as well as the support of all of our attendees and the local community.

So please join us once again in celebrating the best Asian American films from all over the country, right here in Philadelphia!

Joe Kim
Festival Director


We always believe that amazing work should be awarded and praised. These were the best of the best from our 2011 festival.

Stephane Gauger holding the trophy for Best Narrative Feature with Joe Kim and Michael Wingate-Jones

Best Narrative Feature

Director: Stephane Gauger

Harry Kim and Stephane Gauger holding their trophies at PAAFF 2011

Best Documentary Feature

Director: Harry Kim

Stephane Gauger holding the trophy for Best Narrative Feature with Joe Kim and Michael Wingate-Jones

Audience Choice: Narrative Feature

Director: Stephane Gauger

Film Still from I Am

Audience Choice: Documentary Feature

Director: Sonali Gulati

Brad Baldia, JP Chan with his trophy for Best Short Film, and Michael Wingate-Jones at PAAFF 2011

Best Short Film

Director: J.P. Chan

Photo of Bertha Bay-Sa Pan at PAAFF 2011

Emerging Filmmaker Award

THE memories

Festival photographs taken by Kay Lim, Elisa Manalo Simon, Alex Wong, and Eric Jones.