Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

PAAFF 2019
  NOV. 7-NOV. 17

2019 Festival Recap

PAAFF 2019’s festival program featured over 50 film screenings, speaker panels, live performances, and other special events. Continuing our commitment to accommodate low to moderate income individuals, PAAFF returned to Fleisher Art Memorial and Asian Arts Initiative to offer free film screenings that included a Southeast Asian film night and theater performances from Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA) 2019 Residents. 

PAAFF hosted a 3-day academic conference at the University of Pennsylvania that tied the festival’s theme of “Passage of Time” to the past, present, and future of Asian American Studies and its impact. The conference consisted of paper presentations, expert panels, an interactive workshop from PAPA Resident Daniel Park, and related film programs. 

For the sixth consecutive year, PAAFF featured up-and-coming hip hop artists from our community in a showcase emceed by Scott Jung aka CHOPS and DJ Roli Rho. The energy was high and the featured artists MIYACHI, Aisha Fukushima, and NITEMRKT performed for an entirely sold-out venue.


We always believe that amazing work should be awarded and praised. These were the best of the best from our 2019 festival.

Cecilia Mejia holding her trophy for Best Narrative Feature with Michael Wingate-Jones and Rob Buscher at PAAFF 2019

Best Narrative Feature

Director: Diane Paragas

Film Still from Geographies of Kinship

Best Documentary Feature

Director: Deann Borshay Liem

Film Still from The Chef

Best Narrative Short

Director: Hao Zheng

Film Still from Chinese Breakfast

Best Documentary Short

Desayuno Chino (Chinese Breakfast)

Director: Maria Isabel Burnes

Jenna Lam and Leon Le talking at PAAFF 2019

Audience Choice: Narrative Feature

Director: Leon Le

Film Still from Seadrift

Audience Choice: Documentary Feature

Director: Tim Tsai

Jason Da Silva with his trophy for the Vijay Mohan Social Change Award at PAAFF 2019

Vijay Mohan Social Change Award

Director: Jason DaSilva








THE memories

Festival photographs taken by Justin Chu, Heiu Tran, and Jamie See.