15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival begins Nov. 6


Upcoming ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” will be making its world premiere at the 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival on Nov. 8 at University of San Diego Shiley Theatre. Photo Credit: ABC.go.com.

Angelica Wallingford

Back for its 15th year the San Diego Asian Film Festival starts off Nov. 6 in the Gaslamp Quarter.

According to the website this year’s festival will showcase over 140 films from 12 countries over the course of nine days at nine different locations across San Diego.

Kicking off the festival is the Martin Scorsese produced “Revenge of the Green Dragons” at Reading Cinemas in the Gaslamp Quarter with “Glee” actor Harry Shum Jr. and co-director Andrew Loo scheduled to appear at the screening.

Making its world premiere at the SDAFF is the highly anticipated sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” based on the autobiography of celebrity chef Eddie Huang. “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” a documentary on animation legend and Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki, will makes its west coast premiere.

SDAFF will also be giving out its first Digital Pioneer Award to YouTuber, actress, writer and director Anna Akana, who will be honored for her laid back, honest and intriguing YouTube channel.

Along with the festivals usual line up of dramas, comedies and documentaries; this years festival will showcase a broad spectrum of queer cinema including a series of short films titled “Shorts: Gay of Thrones,” documentaries “Kumu Hina” and “Limited Partnership,” and partnered with the UCSD program Transnational Korean Studies the festival will present “Remembering Queer Korea,” a retrospective of queer images in Korean films.

The festival ends with the documentary “Meet the Patels” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla on Nov. 15.

For more information including movie times, locations, trailers and more, check out the SDAFF website.