San Diego Asian Film Festival
Pacific Arts Movement presents this 18th-annual event, which they say has grown to become “the largest showcase of Asian American and international films on the West Coast” with more than 150 films from 20 countries in 30 languages. The audience can pick from a span of genres: action, romance, comedy, drama, animation, documentaries, and family-friendly films. In addition there are Q&As with filmmakers, opportunities to meet cast and crew and, new this year, podcast panels.
SDAFF’s programs span six venues during the ten-day festival, with the home base at Ultrastar Cinemas Hazard Center. Opening and closing nights are at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, the 2017 SDAFF Awards Gala and various panels take place at Marriott Mission Valley, the Sixth-Annual Taiwanese Film Showcase is at UCSD’s Price Center Theater, indie films play at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, and Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts hosts encore screenings on Saturday. Panels $8; individual films $12; six-pack of films $60; all-festival pass $295.