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CAAMFest 2013

Our Presentations


For 30 years, SFIAAFF followed its mission of cultivating the best in Asian American film. CAAMFest continues in that tradition, bringing together veteran directors and first-time filmmakers. Masterful storytellers are found in the most unlikely places, and CAAM brings them all to Bay Area audiences.


New Directions

Music and food personalities collide in NEW DIRECTIONS. From the hunt for the best dosa in NYC to our annual music showcase, CAAMFest brings the best of the cultural arts together in one place. Make sure to also check out the Social Club, our Salons and some illuminating seminars, including a talk on the Korean War and our Ready Set Pitch! panel.


Special Presentations

CAAMFest offers unique live events with media makers almost daily.This year's Special Presentations include a celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Astro Boy, a talk with Singaporean director Royston Tan, a preview of the novel The School for Good and Evil, and the return of the notorious Nice Girls Crew.



A collection of some of the best international Asian films, CinemAsia has always been an integral part of the festival’s vision, and this year’s crop is no exception, especially with new films from award-winners like Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sion Sono, Ying Liang and more. From the harrowing morality play When Night Falls to the upbeat The Cheer Ambassadors, the diversity of world cinema is on full display. Enjoy!


Pacific Islanders in Communication Showcase

Pacific Islanders in Communication, proudly presents this showcase of films from the Pacific Islands!



Documentary film has many purposes: to inform, to entertain, and to amaze. From men with "yellow fever" to the state of post-recession China, from a romantic musical art form in the Philippines to the lives of North Korean refugees, documentarians turned their lenses on topics that span the globe.


Gala Presentations

From an intimate portrait of a Bay Area native's meteoric rise to international fame, to a magical realist interpretation of the birth of a nation, and closing with a mosaic of rare home videos as multifaceted and vibrant as the lives lovingly depicted, this year's Gala Presentations usher in CAAMFest by way of a series of homecomings.



One of the gems of the festival is the Shorts Program: a convergence of established and emerging filmmakers who are limited (or liberated) by their runtime. This year’s program brings a diverse set of snapshots of the world to Bay Area audiences. Like a marvelous painting or photograph, these films will inspire and entertain.