OCA-Greater Houston Presents 15th Annual Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival

Mon, June 17, 2019 7:52 PM | Anonymous


Maria Duran


HAAPIFEST spotlights over 68 Asian International, Asian American & Pacific Islander films


HOUSTON, TX (June 17, 2019) – OCA-Greater Houston presents the 15th Annual Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFEST) taking place June 20-28, 2019 in West Houston. This 9-day event coincides with the OCA National Convention featuring FREE screenings of over 65 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) films. HAAPIFEST Opening Night happens on June 20 that Asia Society Texas Center with the screening of Jay Chern’s “Omotenashi,” followed by a special ticketed reception with the director. The festival closes with the Community Arts Night, a ticketed event showcasing visual & performing arts presentations and catered by Blood Bros. BBQ at the Chinese Community Center on June 28th. On this banner year, HAAPIFEST continues its multi-day celebration of AAPI art, film, and music in the city of Houston.

Other HAAPIFEST highlights include:

  • June 18,22,25J: HAAPIFEST Student Filmmaker Workshopis a 3 day student workshop taught by local instructor/filmmaker Khoa Dinh (ticketed event) where students will create, shoot & screen their films during the festival. 
  • June 23:

Nailed It Pop-Up, a special event sponsored by CND following the screening of Nailed It documentary about the origins of the Vietnamese nail salons. Vietnamese nail influencer Tan Nguyen (IG: @Tannails2Art) will be on-site offering complimentary manicure services from 3-5pm and the first 100 guests in attendance will receive a free goodie bag featuring CND Shellac. (FREE but must RSVP)

TEA Talks: a special panel discussion built around the screening of “Travel Ban: Making America Laugh Again” directed by Samy Chouia. The panel discussion will focus on how art is used as a medium to raise awareness on different topics especially delicate and relevant topics like immigration and discrimination.  

  • June 26 –ULAM Dinner Receptionimmediately following the screening. Join film director Alexandra Cuerdo for an exploration of Filipino cuisine with a special reception at Gerry’s Grill featuring (ticketed event)
  • June 27 – OCA Filmmakers Panel & Welcome Receptionfeaturing special access to various filmmakers including S. Leo Chiang, Renee Tajima-Pena, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Lan Nguyen, Tim Tsai, and Curtis Chin.
  • OCA Classic Films– past feature films will be highlighted throughout the festival to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of HAAPIFEST

OCA-Greater Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. HAAPIFEST Opening Night is in partnership with Asia Society Texas, Taiwan Academy and the Ministry of Culture and also sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Community Arts Night is supported by UPS and Coca Cola. HAAPIFEST is supported by Southwest Airlines. 

OCA-Greater Houston & HAAPIFEST organizers are available for interviews regarding the film festival as will filmmakers as they come into town. A list of the filmmakers can be provided upon request. Tickets, film showtimes and all other HAAPIFEST information available at HAAPIFEST.com 


Festival Dates

  • Opening Night - Thursday, June 20@ Asia Society Texas Center | 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004
  • HAAPIFEST - Friday, June 21 - June 27@ Houston Marriott Westchase | 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, TX 77042
  • Arts Night - Friday, June 28@ Chinese Community Center | 9800 Town Park Dr., Houston, TX 77036

Opening Night details @ https://haapifeston2019.eventbrite.com
For full festival details, please visit our website @ http://HAAPIFEST.com


HAAPIFEST started in 2004 by OCA-Greater Houston, was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of culture, food, and stories of the AAPI community, to support AAPI artists and filmmakers, and to share the messages, issues, hopes, and dreams of the AAPI experience for the Greater Houston metropolitan area through edutainment.

About OCA-Greater Houston 

Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of AAPIs in the United States. Established in 1979, the OCA-Greater Houston Chapter is one of OCA’s 100+ chapters and affiliates and works to provide strong local programs that empower the AAPI community through advocacy, cultural awareness, professional development, economic empowerment, youth leadership training, civic engagement, community service, and education.

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