The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival announced that its 3rd edition will be held from October 25th to October 27th at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. From its inception as the premier film festival in the Los Angeles area for Chinese independent film, the LACFF celebrates the growing number of Chinese heritage and language films from established filmmakers and emerging artists. The three-day festival will have a juried competition in four different categories – Documentary Short, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, and finally, Narrative Feature. In addition, the festival has invited a number of esteemed film industry professionals and Hollywood elites to participate in the festival’s industry panel and other VIP events. Ticket sales for LACFF 2019 have already begun. For more information about LACFF’s services and our new series of packaged tickets, please visit their official website here or the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Wechat page.
Esteemed Juried Competition Awards
LACFF has invited a number of well-known filmmakers and professors to compose the jury panel for competition. We are happy to announce our jury includes: Alan Heim, former president of the American Film Editors Association; Michael Renov, who published “Hollywood’s Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology”; Alexander Stewart, co-founder of the Eyeworks Experimental Animation Festival; Momo Wang, famous author, cartoonist, and animation director; and Michael Berry, current UCLA professor of Contemporary Chinese culture and author.
Panel with Industry Leaders
This year’s LACFF will also be highlighting two industry panels which will be held in Emerson College on October 27th. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry heavyweights, including Yvette Zhuang, SVP of STX Entertainment; Steven Paul Chairman of SP Entertainment LLC; and Jaeson Ma, Co-founder of Stampede Ventures and 88rising, among other highly accomplished industry professionals on topics ranging from content strategy to the representation of Asians in Hollywood.
A Rich Collection of Films by a Diverse Set of Artists
This year’s festival marks the end of our two month long film review process, where we reviewed short and feature length films from 10 different countries. Of the 382 films submitted, we are happy to bring to audiences 23 films that have been selected for the festival competition. This year’s selection are celebrated for their diversity and artistic styles. From The Fall’s comparison of the lives of modern Chinese middle class to those of the Cultural Revolution era, to the existential questions brought up in In Character, and Body Talk’s exploration of self and social identity of Taiwanese women to the stop-motion animation Sister exploring the one child policy; this year’s competition films explores the challenging themes of modern Chinese life, Chinese culture and identity – highlighting the rapid socioeconomic change that has pervaded Chinese society. Featuring filmmakers from all walks of life, LACFF is honored to bring this diverse set of stories to the big screen.
Opening and Closing Films
LACFF will kickoff with a screening of “The Chinese Mayor”, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 52nd Golden Horse Film Festival, followed by a Q and A session with the film’s director Zhou Hao. The closing film will be the Chilam Chan’s debut directorial feature, “The Little Shrimp,” which explores the role of family and social responsibility has on shaping one’s identity.
The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival is organized by Chinese in Entertainment (CIE), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that supports Chinese talent and culture in entertainment and the arts. Please visit www.lacff.org for more information.