Bring Your Family to the San Diego Asian Film Festival!

It's that time of the year again for Pacific Arts Movement's annual San Diego Asian Film Festival!

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (US Premiere) to luminary independent work like Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family (North American Premiere). Each year, the festival brings West Coast and world premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

I have lots of found memories volunteering with SDAFF years ago when I was in college. It was such a great time meeting actors, film makers, and more! Each year I look forward to attending SDAFF and reliving my great memories being a part of the festival team. 

Here are my mom, dad, and I at the 2013 festival to watch "Harana".  The film was about the tradition of serenade from the Philippines. The music was wonderful and touching. A few times I was in tears remembering my late grandfather who loved the music of "Harana".

This year I'm excited to bring my kids to SDAFF for the first time.  My boys love the movies and I'm so proud of their interests in learning about different cultures and experiences. I'm happy to share with you the family-friendly programming offered at SDAFF this year!


San Diego Premiere- Nov. 7, 11:00 AM, UltraStar
Family-friendly animated and live-action short films about resilience, childhood, acceptance, and friendship. For the first time in SDAFF history, this program was curated (researched and selected) by local San Diego high school students to teach them the art of programming. Free for kids 12 and under.

West Coast Premiere- Nov.8, 1:00 PM, UltraStar
Miriam Yeung plays a star school principal who can get any job she wants, but opts instead to save a struggling kindergarten from closing on its five students. With uncommon sincerity and a mountain of cuteness, this family-friendly Hong Kong hit fights class inequality with the fervor of principle.

World Premiere- Nov. 8, 12:00 PM, UltraStar
12 high school students from San Diego create documentaries based on subjects in their own lives. Free admission.

San Diego Premiere- Nov. 12, 6:10 PM, UltraStar
A documentary about a Hawaiian girl’s four-year journey to become a world champion in judo and wrestling.  

Family friendly programs are located at the SDAFF’s home base of the Ultrastar Mission Valley, Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Drive | San Diego, CA 92108.

To learn all about what the San Diego Asian FIlm Fesitval has to offer, visit their website at or visit them on Facebook

Hope to see you at the festival!