2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Winners

May 6, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) The 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) produced by Visual Communications celebrated it’s closing night of their 32nd edition last Thursday with a filmmaker awards ceremony for the competition films, and the LA premiere screening of the romantic drama PALI ROAD directed by Jonathan Lim.
Los Angeles based director Lena Khan was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature for her feature debut THE TIGER HUNTER starring Danny Pudi, Karen David and Jon Heder. Khan was also recognized with the festival’s Best Director Award for the same film. And her entire cast of THE TIGER HUNTER was recognized with Best Ensemble Cast Award making the film a three-time award winner.

Additional Narrative Feature awards presented on closing night include:

Best Screenplay RYUN YU for THE LAST TOUR

Best Editor RACHEL TEJADA for GRASS

Best Cinematography QUYEN TRAN for PALI ROAD

Best Sound Design KENNETH L. JOHNSON for THE UNBIDDEN


Best Actress MICHELLE CHEN for PALI ROAD
Best Actor CHRISTOPHER DINH for COMFORT
Best Ensemble Cast Cast of THE TIGER HUNTER
Best Visual Effects HAZ MADT, JULIUS SANCHEZ for VAMPARIAH 
In the documentary competition, the moving HOOLIGAN SPARROW from Nanfu Wang won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. The film documents just how dangerous it is to be a women’s rights activist in China, observing the life of Ye Haiyan, a.k.a. Sparrow, but it also reveals the danger and difficulty in making a film on this topic. HOOLIGAN SPARROW follows Ye Haiyan, as she is chased from town to town by local governments, national secret police, and even her own neighbors after she seeks justice against an elementary school principal who abused six girls. In addition, director Nanfu Wang was awarded the Best Director prize, as well.

 Additional awards presented include:

Best Cinematography S. LEO CHIANG for OUT RUN

Best Editing MIKIKO SASAKI for THE GREAT SASUKE 

As a special jury prize, the documentary jury awarded PAMELA TOM for her film TYRUS with the VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDERS AWARD. This special inaugural award recognizes a talented artist who exemplifies the spirit and fierceness of the founders of Visual Communications – the festival’s producing organization.

Attendance was up with many sold out shows this year and audiences really responding to the films and stories. All of the 40 feature films were eligible for Audience Award. This was divided into the fiction and documentary categories. This year, the awards were given out to two female directors. BAD RAP by Solima Karoma took home the Audience Award in the documentary arena that focused on the current hot Asian American hip-hop scene; and THE TIGER HUNTER by Lena Khan wowed the audiences and won the Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature. 

This year, the LAAPFF presented over 102 short films from directors across the globe. Two films took home the Golden Reel Award for Best Overall Short Film:
THE LOBSTER KID by JOSEPH CHEN-CHIEH HSU
THE CHICKEN OF WUZUH by SUNGIN BYUN
The Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award went to:

FATA MORGANA by AMELIE WEN

Special Jury Prize: COME, THE LIGHT by CHAO KOI-WANG

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2016 AWARDS
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Grand Jury Prize THE TIGER HUNGER – directed by LENA KHAN

Best Director LENA KHAN – THE TIGER HUNTER

Best Screenplay RYUN YU for THE LAST TOUR

Best Editor RACHEL TEJADA for GRASS

Best Cinematography QUYEN TRAN for PALI ROAD

Best Sound Design KENNETH L. JOHNSON for THE UNBIDDEN

Best Actress MICHELLE CHEN for PALI ROAD

Best Actor CHRISTOPHER DINH for COMFORT

Best Ensemble Cast Cast of THE TIGER HUNTER

Best Visual Effects HAZMADT, JULIUS SANCHEZ for VAMPARIAH 
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM AWARDS
Grand Jury Prize HOOLIGAN SPARROW
Best Direcotr NANFU WANG – HOOLIGAN SPARROW             
Best Cinematography S. LEO CHIANG for OUT RUN
Best Editing MIKIKO SASAKI for THE GREAT SASUKE
Special Founders Award PAMELA TOM for TYRUS
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD – BAD RAP – A FILM BY SALIMA KOROMA
FICTION AUDIENCE AWARD – THE TIGER HUNTER – A FILM BY LENA KHAN
SHORT FILM AWARDS 
NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS – FATA MORGANA by AMELIE WEN
GOLDEN REEL AWARD- BEST FILM – TWO FILMS

THE LOBSTER KID by JOSEPH CHEN-CHEIH HSU

THE CHICKEN OF WUZUH by SUNGIN BYUN 
SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS:

COME, THE LIGHT by CHAO KOI-WANG

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