37th Annual

CAAMFest presented by The Center For Asian American Media

May 09, 2019 to May 23, 2019

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Asian American Documentaries
Asian American or Asian Canadian documentary productions 50 minutes or longer in length.
Asian American Narratives
Asian American or Asian Canadian narrative productions 50 minutes or longer in length.
International Documentaries
Documentary productions originating from outside North America that are 50 minutes or longer in length. Must be by or about Asians and/or Asian Americans.
International Narratives
Narrative productions originating from outside North America that are 50 minutes or longer in length. Must be by or about Asians.
Short productions 50 minutes or shorter in length made by or about Asian Americans or Asians of any nationality.
Digital and Interactive Media Projects
Open to projects that combine film, art, and new media technologies, including web series, virtual reality projects, installations, multimedia performances and transmedia experiences.


The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.


CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films, presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco and Oakland. Since 1982, the annual festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.

CAAMFest aspires to incite dialogue and community engagement, motivated by “the innovative ways Asian Americans are contributing to and shaping American identity and culture,” says Stephen Gong, Executive Director of CAAM. In doing so, CAAMFest also showcases music, food, and interactive workshops. The 2018 festival drew an attendance of over 30,000, including more than 230 filmmakers and industry guests from around the world.


Masashi Niwano (Festival and Exhibitions Director)


Submission Guidelines

CAAMFest accepts films, videos, and digital and interactive media projects that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality. All lengths and genres will be considered.

Eligible formats for exhibition at the CAAMFest are: 35mm, DCP and Blu Ray Discs. No PAL tapes will be accepted.

Payable online by credit card or via check or money order sent to the festival. Checks and money orders must be issued through a U.S. banking institution. Make checks payable to Center for Asian American Media.

Acceptable formats for preview are DVD (NTSC, Region 0 or 1 only), quicktime file or secure online screener. No PAL DVDs will be previewed.

Please include a press kit with your entry, including:
* Still images (hard photos and/or high-resolution electronic images of at least 300dpi on a CD). Please provide captions for all images.
* Synopsis
* Director's biography
* Director's filmography
* Cast and crew listing
* List of other festivals screened
* List any Bay Area connections

(If your feature-length film is selected, the festival will also request the following items to maximize exposure for your film: posters, director's photo, trailers, clips.)

If selected, exhibition prints or tapes must be sent to the festival prepaid to arrive by April 1, 2019. ONLY return shipping will be covered by the festival.

The festival does not pay rental fees. We choose instead to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work and promoting your work as widely as possible.

You will be notified of festival selections by late-March 2019.

For frequently asked questions, visit the website at caamedia.org


Signatory grants CAAM permission to screen the above-mentioned work at the 2019 CAAMFest (formerly San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) if accepted and warrants that all necessary steps have been taken to obtain the rights to use and display the work. Signatory also gives CAAM permission to use stills and excerpts from accepted works for promotional purposes.