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Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Announcing: The Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest 2020 Online
We will be going virtual and bringing you a variety of film, art, music and discussions of stories that matter. 

In these challenging times we need to be vigilant and compassionate. We recognize the CDC guidelines for large gatherings and will be monitoring and updating.It is also important that we are respectful, tolerant and understanding of one another. These are challenging times and together we can get through this.

Join us for the first in the CATS Artist Series with the artists and filmmakers of "Sansei Granddaughters' Journey"
Wednesday, May 20, 4pm on ZOOM.

"Asian Americans" on PBS- May, 2020

Here's your chance to support the community

Help Your Community Safely with COVID-19 -

Calling all creatives to help stop the spread COVID-19

You have the power to change the world. The UN needs your help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The United Nations (UN) needs your help in translating critical public health messages, into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms. The shortlisted work will reach everyone, everywhere.

Celebrating Diverse Stories with Larissa Lam

March 29, 2020. Awesome interview with the amazing Larissa Lam talking about Asian American stories and how to share and make your points across. The amazing, versatile Larissa Lam recently produced an intriguing documentary "Far East Deep South" about her husband Brandon's family and the mysteries that unfold as they dig deep into the long forgotten stories about Brandon's father. Her message to the community is to "tell our stories to help change the world in a positive way." 

For more information on the film, goto and for more information on Larissa Lam, goto


Dr. Jerry to be honored by San Jose City Council, Tuesday, 3/10/20 at 1:30pm

The San Jose City Council will honor Dr. Jerry Hiura for his contributions to the arts community in San Jose. All are welcome. 

San Jose City Hall Council Chambers: 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

In memory of Dr. Jerry.

Dr. Jerrold Hiura, universally known as Dr. Jerry, passed away on Dec. 26, 2019.  Although his life might have seemed to be a dichotomy – technical and scientific dentist who exhibited artistic achievements in poetry, art, and music – Dr. Jerry’s eclectic personality blended his two sides well.  In doing so, he left a legacy of philanthropy, cultural support and dental and artistic mentorship.  Also, many of San Jose’s distinguished citizens and elected officials appreciated his role as their dentist/advisor.

Jerry’s list of service were numerous and impressive: appointments to the California Arts Commission (vice chair), Arts Council Silicon Valley, and the San Jose Arts Commission, on boards such as the San Jose Museum of Art and the Japantown Community Congress, director of the Sixth Street Mural project, programs at San Jose Jazz Festival and San Jose State University, and, most significantly, co-founder of Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene (CATS). When he, with Steve Yamaguma and Miki Hirabayashi, founded CATS, they envisioned and accomplished its mission to provide platforms for Asian American artists of various media.  CATS has presented playwrights workshops, Asian Comedy Nights (Hasan Minhaj, Ali Wong on their ways up!), play readings, film festivals, and live performances.

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest is CATS’ latest iteration and, at a screening, Jerry was surprised with two awards:  a Commendation from the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, signed by all city council members, and the Image Hero Award from SVAPFF/CATS.  Numerous other acknowledgments had preceded these honors, but his wife, Lucia Cha, noted that he was especially moved by these – coming from dear and dedicated friends of the San Jose cultural community and his CATS cohorts.

Jerry and Lucia have been strong advocates and generous financial supporters of many institutions and activities.  In recognition of this commitment, CATS announced that  “our cultural efforts will continue to be dedicated to the lifetime work and in memory of its co-founder, Dr. Jerry Hiura.”

– Reiko Iwanaga, CATS board member


Our 2019 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest Lineup and Guests!

Feature Films

Sold Out! Feature Shorts

Short Film Guests

MIn Zhou, Director

Going Home

Andrea Yu-Chieh Chung

Finding Nasseebi

Julie Zhan, Co-Director


King Yaw Soon
My Mother, Myself & I

Yin Yin Liow

My Mother, Myself & I

Feature Film Guests

Valerie Soe, Director

Love Boat: Taiwan

John Huang, Director

Find Me

Taylor Chan, Director

Dating After College

Rick Quan, Director

Mayor Ed Lee

Lauren Vuong, Director

Finding the Virgo

Julian Kim, Co-Director

Happy Cleaners


Harry and Josh Chuck

Chinatown Rising

Benson Quach, Producer

Dating After College

Diane Fukami, Director

Norman Mineta Legacy

Christopher Yang

Dating After College

Jon Osaki, Filmmaker

Alternative Facts

Peter S. Lee, Co-Director

Happy Cleaners

“Connecting and inspiring communities through stories of Asian American and Pacific Islanders from Silicon Valley and America”

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“The Silicon Valley Asian American Pacific Film Festival provides a platform for the artistry of story telling of the Asian and Pacific Islander through the lens of the American experience, the imaginable and the unimaginable connecting our lives and communities through written words, song and performance.”



Buck Gee and Mary Hackenbracht

Connie Young Yu


Dr. Jerry Hiura
Lucia Cha


Brenda Hee Wong

Dr. Gary Cleary and
Mrs. Nobuko Sato Cleary


Jeff and Leianne Lamb

Gong- Guy

Cindy Toy

Ben Katai and
Dora Ozawa

Victoria Taketa


Yosh Uchida

Osaki Family

2019 Community Partners


The Women Historical Art Group