September 30, 2005

BIGGER and BETTER:

The 6th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival doubles festival days

The San Diego Asian Film Festival celebrates its sixth year at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center (formerly Mann Theatres), September 29 - October 6. The festival promises to be a bigger and better experience with more than 130 short and feature films from the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines.

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) has added four more days to the festival to accommodate its growing audience. Most programs will be shown at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center, though there will be another venue for films, panels and workshops next door at the Brickstone Salon at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley.

The festival opens with the South Korean blockbuster MARATHON —based on a true story about a young, autistic man whose one pleasure in life is running, and closes with Lane Nishikawa’s landmark film, ONLY THE BRAVE— the first narrative feature about the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Other features include the award-winning film, CAVITE, directed and produced by San Diego natives Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, and two Sundance films - Alice Wu’s SAVING FACE and THE MOTEL by Michael Kang. The festival also features many women filmmakers, who make up more than half of this year’s programming. Plus, patrons can enjoy a diverse collection of short films including a multicultural Latino/Asian American program co-sponsored by San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Along with films, the festival offers workshops, panels, competitions, and a chance for the public to meet more than 100 filmmakers, actors, and industry guests. The festival’s top films will be awarded during a star-studded Gala Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley.

Full schedule of films and ticket information available online at: www.sdaff.org.

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