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I-SEA Film Festival


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I-SEA Film Festival


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The first of its kind-

The I-SEA Film Fest (International Southeast Asian Film Fest, Nov 21-22, 2015) highlights the histories, imaginaries and identities of those with ties to Southeast Asia and its diasporas.

Featuring work by award-winning directors (Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, Prince Claus Foundation, Macarthur “Genius" award), Oscar nominees, rebels and art-world stars, I-SEA  showcases world- class feature films, cutting-edge experimental shorts and controversial documentaries.

The Opening night gala will take place on November 20th at Artists' Television Access.

The festival takes place at New People Cinema in Japantown from November 21-22nd--select screenings will have post-screening Q&A with filmmakers and panels.

I-SEA trailer:

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Screening Schedule


Opening night gala November 20th

I-SEA Film Festival November 21-22nd

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Screening Schedule


Opening night gala November 20th

I-SEA Film Festival November 21-22nd

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Friday, November 20
Opening Screening Event & Party | 7 - 11 pm | Artists' Television Access

Ways of Seeing
Curated by Ina Adele Ray co-presented by Stephen Gong from Center for Asian American Media Memories to Light and Laotian Poet, Bryan Thao Worra. Featuring Southeast Asian Streetfood Pop-up - SUP! And music provided DJ Richie.

Saturday, November 21-22
Films Screening | New People Cinema, Japantown

 

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Get Involved


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Get Involved


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By organizing this film festival, DVAN wants to demonstrate the global connections that bring such disparate groups of people together. We hope that this festival will inspire, empower and unify future generations of Southeast Asian Americans in the bay area. All donations go to promoting the works of artists  Would you support us, your name will appear on DVAN website (optional). All donations are tax-deductible.

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Press Release

Announcing the inaugural International Southeast Asian (I-SEA) Film Festival Nov 20-22, 2015. (click to download)


For press inquiries, please contact Lisa Geduldig, Publicist at lisag@igc.org or 415-431-7363.

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Distance Between by R.J. Lozada

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History


History


2013

Norwegian Wood (2006)

Norwegian Wood (2006)

Renamed as San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, a biennial film and video showcase centering Vietnamese filmmakers in Việt Nam and the diaspora—reflecting the transnational nature of Vietnamese people today. The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (SFGVFF) remains as the first and only festival of its kind in the Bay Area. With an Opening Night Gala at Artists’ Television Access, featuring a night of music, mixing, mingling, and open mic, with short poetry readings by Việt Lê, Genny Lim, Bonnie Kwong, and Paul Ocampo. The film festival (Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2013), screened at the historic Roxie Theater featured over 20 films from all over the world—including Việt Nam, Cambodia, Canada, France, Japan, Czech Republic, and the United States—

  • Cuong Ngo (Pearls of the Far East
  • Đỗ Quốc Trung (On Duty With Shu Qi)
  • Duc Nguyen (sneak preview of Stateless)
  • Hong-An Troung (Adaptation Fever series)
  • Leon Le (Dawn), Lin+Lam (Departure)
  • Mark Tran (All About Dad)
  • Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang (Un Interrogatoire)
  • Nguyễn Đình Anh (Uncle & Son)

 

 

  • Nguyễn Trinh ThiPhương Thảo Trần and Swann Debus (With Or Without Me) Retrospective
  • Tony Nguyen (Enforcing The Silence)
  •  Trần Anh Hùng (Norwegian Wood)
  • Trần Dũng Thanh Huy(16-30)
  • Trần Ngọc Sáng (Go Playing With Ice)
  • Việt Lê (Love Bang!)

 

The festival featured introductory talks and Q&A discussion with filmmakers/directors Việt Lê, Duc Nguyen, and Tony Nguyen.

2011

Touch (2011)

Touch (2011)

DVAN organized the first San Francisco Diasporic Vietnamese Film Festival (our former name) at San Francisco State University’s Coppola Theater. This was the first ever Bay Area film festival exclusively featuring Vietnamese filmmakers and performers. The festival was well attended, as over 350 people watched thirteen films throughout the day—a stunning selection of back-to-back films. The selections included Fading Light (Theo Hướng Đèn Mà Đi), Mother Fish, Unidentified Vietnam No. 18, Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh, Kore, Eikleipsis, Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life, PIRATED!, Forever Linda!, Forever Bottom!, Touch, Sunday Menu, and Don’t Be Afraid, Bi! (Bi, Đừng Sợ!).

Touch was followed by an actor Q&A, with Long Nguyen and Bety Le, moderated by author Andrew Lam. After the final film screened, attendees were reluctant to leave. Together they begged for the festival as an annual event. This indicates that the audience and the demand exist for a diasporic/global Vietnamese film festival in San Francisco. The event was highly successful, with a packed theater throughout the day, and at the close of the night, with excited filmgoers affirming the need for Vietnamese film programming for the Bay Area.

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network


Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network