Asian Film

Pacific Arts Movement.

Moviegoers, your favorite fall festivity is back and bigger than ever! From November 9 to 18, Pacific Arts Movement proudly presents the 18th San Diego Asian Film Festival. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to be the largest platform of Asian cinema on the West Coast.

Get ready to be captivated by more than 150 films from 20 countries in 30 languages across six locations throughout San Diego. Whether you are looking for a riveting thriller, an intriguing drama or a powerful documentary, the festival is the place to be. Executive Director Kent Lee and the Pac Arts team invite audiences to enjoy up-close Q&A sessions, meet and greet photo opportunities with filmmakers, producers and actors, and, new to this year, podcast panels.

This year’s logo is a neon rice cooker. Artistic Director of Pac Arts Brian Hu, sees it as “a utilitarian icon that embodies the fear of losing an older culture and the need to feed and nourish the next generation.” It is a staple in Asian immigrants’ homes, but no one has a neon rice cooker. “As the American generation, we see our past through film noir and pop culture, and we want to forge a community that is not just proud about our heritage, but willing to emblazon it with a new spark,” Brian shared with Giving Back Magazine.

The festival kicks off with opening night at the San Diego Natural History Museum featuring Oh Lucy!. The film tells the story of a middle-aged woman in Tokyo that becomes fond of her personable English teacher (Josh Hartnett). She then follows a postcard from San Diego to find love and adventure. The director of Oh Lucy!, Atsuko Hirayanagi, is scheduled to appear at the festival.

Saturday, November 11 will be a night of glitz and glamour. The 18th Annual Awards Gala celebrates the leading films and filmmakers. The Pacific Arts team also takes this opportunity to honor achievements in the Asian film community.

Catch everything San Diego Asian Film Festival has to offer and view the full lineup of films, programs and special events by visiting

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