Festival Information

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is pleased to announce the countdown to its much anticipated 23rd annual celebration of Asian diaspora and diversity in film, set for November 7th to 10th, 2019 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Vancouver 88 W. Pender St., in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district.

Tickets and passes are available online from October 5 at www.vaff.org, or at the theatre box office from November 7 at 6:00 pm. For more information, please email boxoffice@vaff.org.

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For all inquiries before the festival, please email info@vaff.org

For all inquiries during the festival Nov 7 – 10, 2019 inclusive, please email Lynne Lee, Festival Director: lynne.lee@vaff.org.


Digital Version of VAFF 2019 Festival Program


Digital Version of VAFF 2019 Festival Guide

About VAFF 2019

The VAFF 2019 lineup presents 13 film programs plus 3 industry panels, 3 special presentations and 38 feature-length and short films of all genres, with English language and/or English subtitles, from the local and international Asian diaspora. Highlights from the features mostly never seen in Canada or Vancouver include:

  •  the International premiere of the Opening Night film, “In a New York Minute”,  about three female strangers discovering the solution to their problems lies in a single pregnancy test, is directed by Mandy Ximan Li, starring Amy Chang, Yi Liu, Wu Assassin’s Celia Au, VAFF 2019 brand ambassador Ludi Lin, & Cheng Pei Pei
  • the Canadian Spotlight of “Becoming Labrador”, follows a group of Filipino workers who try to find a better life and home for their families on the far side of the world in Labrador by Directors Rohan Fernando, Tamara Segura, Justin Simms
  • the Centrepiece Spotlight, “Empty By Design”, is the Canadian premiere of British Filipina filmmaker, Andrea A. Walter – Two individuals feeling isolated when they find themselves back in the Philippines after years of being away, help each other find peace and connection to their lost culture.  Produced by and starring Osric Chau (The Atom on Crisis on Infinite Earths) Rhian Ramos, Madeliene Humphries, Chris Pang, Dante Basco
  • the International premiere of the Closing Night film, “Yellow Rose”, about A Filipino girl named Rose who wants to pursue her country music dreams has her world shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, directed by Diane Paragas, starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan, Liam Booth
  • Documentary Features Series features 2 international films exploring immigration and identity in Dianne Fukami’s “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” and “Geographies of Kinship” by Deann Borshay Liem.  We also have 2 local films exploring pressing social issues in Vancouver’s very own Ying Wang’s “The World is Bright” and Baljit Sangra’s critically acclaimed “Because We are Girls”
  • Narrative Features Series highlight International films with Canadian and Vancouver premieres from China: Oliver Yan’s “Home Away” and Japan: Hiroyuki Miyagawa’s “Terrolun and Lunlun”
  • International Shorts program feature 7 shorts from various Asian diaspora living in the US.  All Canadian premieres.
  • This year we are featuring two Canadian Shorts programs due to the abundance and richness of work we’ve seen.  These include 7 films in the BC Shorts program, and 11 in the Canadian Shorts program, which showcases winners from our 14th Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM14) that attracted close to 600 audience members attending.
  • our Closing Night presentation is the International premiere of multi-award filming “Yellow Rose” directed by Diane Paragas. It stars  is A Filipino girl named Rose who wants to pursue her country music dreams as her world shatters when her mom suddenly deported from the US by ICE. Starring Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, Tony Award Winner and Broadway Queen Lea Salonga, and country music star Dale Watson

We are proud to bring Vancouver audiences 12 Canadian premieres; 2 World premieres, and an additional 5 films that are Vancouver premieres. All of our Spotlight Features are made by female Directors.  Over thirty filmmakers and panelists, from Canada and internationally, are expected to attend. Organizers anticipate close to 4,000 audience and industry members over the four-day festival.