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The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is pleased to announce a reimagined festival experience. From May 13-22, 2020, CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home will be providing an online alternative in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Now, more than ever, CAAM is commited to bringing communities together through the power of storytelling. With the theme of Heritage at Home, CAAMFest provides community and engagement while maintaining the physical distance necessary during this time. CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home features over 20 digital events, ranging from online film screenings to interactive panels, watch parties and house parties featuring live performances, all free of charge.

The Asian American community has been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the response from the community has been urgent and inspiring — whether it is working on the front lines, raising awareness about anti-Asian discrimination, or bringing creative solutions to the breakdown in social services across the country. It is more important than ever that CAAM takes this moment to listen to and amplify the diverse voices and experiences of the Asian American community. CAAM is proud to continue its 40-year tradition of cultivating community through storytelling, particularly during these uncertain times.

“While we’re disappointed that we can’t gather in person this May, CAAM is hoping to nurture the same sense of community and connection, bringing together viewers, media makers, and advocates together through our slate of virtual programs,” says festival director Masashi Niwano.

CAAM is actively monitoring health and safety recommendations around COVID-19 and hoping to produce an in-person CAAMFest this October. If that isn’t possible, our Fall festival will continue to be online. For updates and the complete schedule for CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home, visit

Supporters of CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home

CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home is made possible with corporate support from AARP; Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP; Motion Picture Association; San Francisco Symphony; Film SF; IW Group; Nielsen; and Filmbot. Special thanks to charity partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the following institutional funders: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Asian Pacific American Heritage Foundation, and San Francisco Japantown Foundation.

Stephen Gong, Executive Director

Masashi Niwano, Festival & Exhibitions Director