WHAT IS PAAFF?
Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers was founded in 2008 by a passionate group of Asian Americans who felt a need for a festival space that was focused on supporting the growing Asian filmmaking community. The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the showcase event of this non-profit organization and is dedicated to supporting and highlighting the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora through creative community-focused programs. PAAFF is currently the third-largest film festival of its kind in the United States. In addition to our film programs, our volunteer-run organization also presents supporting programming such as live performances, chef demonstrations, panels and lectures, and educational workshops during the festival and throughout the year.
Our Mission: The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival aims to serve as a platform to showcase and celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora storytellers and their works. In order to build a more inclusive and informed community, we collaborate with other like-minded organizations that support this mission.
Our Vision: We believe in celebrating and propelling the voices of Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora storytellers and creators to the forefront of culture by serving as a platform for them to share their vision with the world through film, theatre, and live performance.