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2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Posted May 1st, 2018 by Visual Communications in Press

Posted on Resonate

HBO is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the return of its ‘Visionaries’ short film competition.

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2018, HBO is bringing back its ‘Visionaries’ short film competition.

From 7 May 2018, three films that explore immigration, racism and assimilation will be available to stream on all HBO on-demand (including HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and streaming partner platforms)) platforms for the entire month.

Remittance by Maritte Go, is the story of a Filipino cruise worker who receives a call informing her that her son is in the hospital. June directed by Huay-Bing Law, is set on an American college campus during the 1960s and chronicles the experience of a young Chinese woman as she attends her husband’s graduation. Jiejie directed by Feng-I Fiona, is a portrait of two young sisters being raised by a single immigrant mother in Los Angeles during the 1990s.

Last year, HBO launched the Asian Pacific American Visionaries – a short film program featuring the works of emerging Asian American directors. Dinh Thai won 2017’s competition with his film Monday, whilst Tiffanie Hsu’s Wonderland and Jingyi Shao’s Toenail came second and third respectively.

“HBO is proud to provide these young artists the opportunity to showcase their talents and share their unique stories through Asian Pacific American Visionaries,” said Jackie Gagne, VP Multicultural Marketing at HBO. “As a leader in the conversation about diversity in Hollywood, initiatives like Asian Pacific American Visionaries enable new voices to be seen and heard.”

The winner of the competition will also be announced on 7 May 2018 via the HBO Visionaries website.

Speaking to Resonate about last year’s competition, Hsu said, “[HBO] are at the forefront of what they do in distribution and creating content. To have them put their name on our film is so exciting.”

Shao added that his film would not have been made without the competition“If it wasn’t for the competition, I don’t think I would’ve made this film,” he said. “My film is so small and specific that I don’t know where I’d put it if there wasn’t a festival like this.”