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May 3, 2013 - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Held every May for 11 days in Long Beach, California, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival brings people from many different cultures and communities together to celebrate the art of Asian film and filmmakers. This international festival sprang from humble beginnings to become one of the most widely celebrated events in America. Using the media of film and the stories it can tell, the festival explores Asian and Asian Pacific ethnicity on both a local scale and its interaction with the global community. Plan a visit to Los Angeles to coincide with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Coach Bus Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific FIlm Festival, or LAAPFF, was created in 1983 by the Visual Communications organization as a way to promote participation from and interaction with the Asian and Asian Pacific filmmaking communities. Originally a small celebration of screenings held over the weekend, the festival has grown to incorporate the works of widely acclaimed artists as well as new, up-and-coming filmmakers. Coach bus visitors can view entries which include the works of artists from countries such as China, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Panels and symposiums during the festival discuss current, relevant issues facing the Asian filmmaking community.

The main venue where most of the screenings take place is the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex, with three screening theaters; one has a 600-seat capacity and is famous in the industry as a distinguished location for films. Other films are screened at CGV Cinemas in L.A.’s Koreatown. The company’s roots come from South Korea, and many of the films shown outside the festival are from Korea in an effort to spread Korean films abroad. The third and last venue is the Art Theatre of Long Beach, an independent theater with a long history of showing silent films. The theater went through extensive renovations in 2008 and has modern sound and vision technology. All these venues are easily reached by coach bus, and Coach Bus Los Angeles can help you with your coach bus travel logistics.

Posters and promotions for the feature-length films selected for viewing during the festival are found throughout the area where the offerings are shown. AAPFF requires filmmakers to submit the posters if their films are shown. You also must submit a press kit, including a synopsis and cast and crew listing. The film or video must either be made by Asian or Asian Pacific descendants, or focus on the Asian community. There are no minimum or maximum running times, and all genres are welcome.

Awards are given by both a jury selected by the festival committee and the audience itself by vote, which coach bus visitors can participate in. Awards range from Best New Director and Breakout Actor to awards for outstanding cinematography or editing. There are categories for short films and feature lengths, which are further split into narratives, documentaries, and fiction. Some films screened at LAAPFF win other awards at various film festivals. The documentary “Up the Yangtze,” that tracked the people affected by the Three Gorges Dam construction won the LAAPFF Special Jury Award, and was an official selection at the Sundance Festival.

Plan a visit to Los Angeles this May for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival using a coach bus. Coach Bus Los Angeles as a fleet of charter buses that will suit any size coach bus group, and their friendly staff will look after all your coach bus travel needs.

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