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CAAMFEST AWARDS & JURY MEMBERS

COMCAST NARRATIVE COMPETITION

The Comcast Narrative Competition Award highlights the diversity and ingenuity of modern cinema and recognizes excellence in narrative filmmaking.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

The Documentary Competition showcases a dynamic selection of films that fearlessly capture the challenging reality and surprising beauty inherent in the human experience.

AT&T STUDENT FILM AWARD

Recognizing promising voices in Asian and Asian American media, the AT&T Student Film Award is presented to college students who exemplify the voice of a new generation.

Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional & Community Advancement (APCA) Northern California, a 510(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the representation of Asian Pacific Islanders employed by AT&T Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

AUDIENCE AWARD

The Audience Award lets you, our audience, honor your festival favorite. Vote for the narrative that touched your heart or the most eye-opening documentary, and give the directors much-deserved recognition. Check to see if your favorites won on the CAAM website after the end of the festival.

LONI DING AWARD

The Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary recognizes the film and filmmaker that most reflect the passions of late TV producer Loni Ding. Ding devoted her life to advocacy and played a key role in the founding of several public media organizations, including CAAM.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NARRATIVE JURY

Oliver Saria

Nar_Oliver

Oliver Saria is the Managing Director of Bindlestiff Studio – the longest-running black box theater in SoMa, and an epicenter of Filipino American performing arts. He has performed there off-and-on for nearly two decades as a musician, stand-up comedian, and actor. He was a finalist for the CAPE New Writers Award and ABC/Walt Disney Writing Fellowship.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rob Buscher

Nar_RobRob Buscher, Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is a film and media specialist who has worked in many aspects of film distribution. Due in part to his biracial Japanese American heritage, Robʼs expertise is Japanese and East Asian Cinema although he has worked as a professional film programmer in a wide variety of genres.Some of his career highlights include co-founding Zipangu Fest – the UKʼs premier Japanese Film Festival, and creating the Japanese Cinema Studies and Asian American Studies curriculum at Arcadia University. Robʼs board affiliations include Japanese American Citizens League National Strategic Planning Committee, PanAsian Association of Greater Philadelphia Heritage Month Celebration Planning Committee, JACL PHL Chapter and PHLDiversity Boards, Governor Wolfʼs Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Mayor Kenneyʼs Transition Team, 2016 DNC Host Committee Member, and Chair of the AAPI Arts Council of Pennsylvania.

 
 

Tamiko Wong

Nar_TamikoTamiko Wong has been the Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) since May 2013.  A San Francisco native of Japanese and Chinese descent, she serves on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations. Prior to joining OACC, she was a consultant working on projects for Asian Law Caucus, the Korematsu Institute, Asian American Donor Program, the San Francisco Symphony, and others. Wong has participated in the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) fellowship program, the Leadership Education for Asian Professionals (LEAP) Executive Directors Leadership Program (EDLP), and participated in a LeaderSpring cohort program as well.  Wong earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley, majoring in American Studies focusing on law, politics, and public policy, and minoring in Asian American Studies and Education.  She is also a singer-songwriter and poet. picture credit: Grace Image Photography.
 
 

DOCUMENTARY JURY

Duong-Chi Do

Doc_DuongDuong-Chi Do has been leading grassroots community engagement campaigns and programs on issues ranging from health care to youth leadership to gender equity for more than 16 years. She is currently director of engagement & education for ITVS, where she oversees national campaigns that leverage documentary films to mobilize and build capacity of community leaders, service organizations, and public television stations to address critical social issues at the local level.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Eurie Chung

Doc_EurieEurie Chung is a producer and problem solver, specializing in independent filmmaking, post-production workflows, working with a wide range of archival material, and marketing/outreach. Her editorial work includes EPKs, commercials, branded content, promos and trailers. Production credits include American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, PBS’s Off the Menu: Asian America, and Life on Four Strings: Jake Shimabukuro. Eurie also manages a boutique post-production facility based in Los Angeles, providing services for documentaries and feature films, including most recently The Circle, Tallulah, City of Gold, Fury, Makers: Women in Politics, and Afternoon Delight.

 
 
 
 
 

Marty Syjuco

Doc_MartyOriginally from the Philippines, Marty moved to New York City in 2000 to study the Business of Film at New York University. Afterwards he worked in film distribution at Focus Features, booking the theatrical releases of independent, commercial and Academy Award-winning films. In 2004 he took a leap of faith to pursue his passion: documentary filmmaking. In 2005, he produced the one-hour film ATRAPADO EN LA INJUSTICIA (Caught in an Injustice) broadcast on Spanish national television. He developed it into the feature-length documentary, Emmy award-nominated GIVE UP TOMORROW. The film was an ITVS, POV and CAAM co-production, commissioned by BBC Storyville, with support from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, The Fledgling Fund, Bertha Foundation and BRITDOC, among others Currently, Marty is a producer on JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER, PJ Raval’s new documentary feature now shooting in the Philippines.