7th Annual Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest

Ding Ding TV is proud to be a partner promoting  7th Annual Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest

Asian. American. AMAZING!

Live Film Festival *  Oct 1st – 2nd AMC Dine-In Sunnyvale   Tickets

Online Film Festival  Oct 1st – 10th  Film Line-up + Tickets 
Filmfest Website: https://svapfilmfest.org/

Through the darkness of the pandemic, the hatred, and the divisions within our country, a new sense of self-awareness, purpose, and determination emerged. It is imperative that to move society forward we must work together as a united, global community to make a better future for the next generations. Everyday heroes have taken the lead to bridge relations, cultures, histories, and stories for better understanding, enlightenment, and compassion. We are proud to share those stories with you and look forward to continuing to build a strong community.
We are Asian. We are American. We are AMAZING!
Silicon Valley is one of the greatest places to live on the planet. While many Asian Americans have contributed to the success of our community, they largely go unnoticed or don’t get the recognition they deserve. As we would like to recognize those hidden heroes at our film festival, please nominate whom you think is

a local AMAZING Asian American here.

Film Line Up for LIVE Film Festival (Oct 1st and 2nd)
New AMC Dine-In Sunnyvale Theaters
All Live film programs include Filmmaker Q&A
























Opening Night Fundraiser
“The Paper Tigers”
Oct 1st, 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Writer/Director: Bao Tran; Producer: Al’n Duong. Three childhood kung fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men—now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and overcome old grudges to avenge his death. 
Screening includes-
  • Post-screen Filmmaker Q&A
  • Restaurant packaged Bento Dinner
  • Thank You Gift
  • Meet & Greet the Filmmakers
Rotten Tomato Rating: 98%, Audience Rating: 93%, A bonafide feel-good crowd-pleaser”
Screening of “Reparations” and Discussion
Fighting for Justice –  HR442 Reparations Then, HR40 Reparations Now!
Oct 2nd, 10am – 11am
Director/Producer: Jon Osaki.
Reparations explore the four-century struggle to seek repair and atonement for slavery in the United States. Black and Asian Americans reflect on the legacy of slavery, the inequities that persist, and the critical role that solidarity between communities has in acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in America. This story is told by Black and Asian Americans who believe that our collective liberation can only be achieved by standing with one another. Reparations seeks to raise awareness of the Black reparations struggle and how vital it is to healing this country.
Moderator:   Nikki Inamine
Jon Osaki, filmmaker of “Reparations”
Tomio Hayase-Izu, SJNR HR40 Chairperson
Lavere Foster, African American Community Service Agency
Free Community Event – Free Admission
Bay Area Filmmaker Shorts
Film Screenings + Filmmakers Q&A
Oct 2nd, 11:30am – 1:30pm
3:45 PM (Alisha Liu)
A girl sinks into contemplation during a picnic at the park.
Ankahee (Unsaid) (Ishq Pradhan)
A daughter of divorced parents reflects on the contentious relationship her parents share, on the occasion of her 21st birthday.
Mum (Shruti Tewari)
When a distraught teen encounters a grieving mother at the train tracks in Silicon Valley, he must choose between his conviction and empathy before time runs out.
Nanay’s Lullaby (Drew Stephens)
The morals of a Filipino-American family are turned upside down when the mother is diagnosed with a mysterious illness.
Noodles. (Kathleen Gao)
An old man finds new friendships through noodles as he reminisces on past experiences with his family.   Oh Crap… (Oscar Li)    Sh*t gets real.
Prinsesa. (Drew Stephens)
A father is confronted by his buddies when his young son daydreams of becoming a princess. Inspired by the Singkill dance of the Philippines.
Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad. (Valerie Soe)
A group of women volunteers came together to sew masks for underserved groups including farmworkers, First Nations tribes, & others in need in the U.S. Using Aunties’ images and sounds are blended in tandem with The Kronos Quartet.
The Little Masters. (Nan Su)
How Asian American kids participate in different activities at the Scouts BSA in San Francisco during their growth to have a better life
xxvisible. (Bobby Yan)
Covering one year of the 2020 pandemic, a successful young Asian American struggles to navigate life during the lockdown.
Nai Nai (Hsui Hsiu Lin, Minori Uemura, Tina Wu)
A Chinese grandmother suffered childhood trauma which caused severe hatred towards the Japanese. When her granddaughter introduces her Japanese fiancé, memories of her trauma resurfaces, forcing her to face her past.
“try harder!”
Film Screening + Filmmaker Q&A
Oct 2nd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Director/Producer: Debbie Lum Profile of five gifted students of the prestigious Lowell High School in San Francisco as they face the often brutal and rigorous process of college applications.
Best to watch this film with your friends and family!
Rotten Tomato Rating: 100%! Tomatometer “Straightforward and disarmingly, charmingly sincere!”
IndieWire says Try Harder is impossible to resist!
Rediscovering a New Chinatown
Screening of “Seeking Home”, “Empress Yee and the Magical History of Chinatown”, Q&A with Filmmakers & Empress Yee, & Performance by the Grant Avenue Follies & the Rice Rockettes!
Oct 2nd, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Seeking Home Filmmakers Marc Pomerleau & Austin Nguyen. Explores Asian Identity in America and the desire that resides in all of us to discover who we are and what it means to be home.
“Empress Yee and the Magical History of Chinatown” Filmmakers Marc Pomerleau & Colin Johnson.  A new documentary that tells the story of Cynthia Yee, a Chinatown-born burlesque dancer, entertainer, educator, tour guide, all-around mover and shaker, and bender of traditional norms, born, raised, and still creating magic in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Performance by the Grant Avenue Follies brings to life the legacy of San Francisco Chinatown’s golden nightclub era. Their sheer joy for freedom and dance will be joined with the famed Rice Rockettes!
After the performance, join the Meet & Greet + Photo fun with the filmmakers, Grant Avenue Follies, and Rice Rockettes!
“The Donut King”
Film Screening + Filmmaker Q&A
Oct 2nd, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Director/Producer: Alice Gu.
The rise and fall of a Cambodian refugee who escaped genocide and overcame poverty to build a life for himself — and hundreds of other immigrant families — by baking America’s favorite pastry and building an unlikely empire of donut shops.
Rotten Tomato Rating: 97% Tomatometer
“Fascinating tale of sacrifice, success & hubris” “The main narrative offers inspiration, which is particularly pertinent at such a troubled time in our world”
Enjoy a delicious free donut after the film screening at the filmmaker Meet & Greet!
Many thanks to our SVAP Filmfest Sponsors and Community Partners
We can’t produce the Filmfest without you!


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