This year, the Austin Asian American Film Festival will hand out Audience and Jury Awards in four categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, and Best Documentary/Experimental Short. Films in competition are eligible for both Audience and Jury Awards; films out of competition are eligible only for the Audience Award. The Audience Awards will be selected by viewers via ballots handed out at each screening, and the Jury Awards by a panel of film professionals and community leaders.

We are also pleased to announce a new addition to our 2016 competition. For the first time, Jury Award winners in the Narrative Short and Documentary/Experimental Short categories will receive cash prizes of $250. All shorts in competition are eligible for this prize, which will be announced with the rest of the awards at the closing night party on Sunday, November 6th.


Narrative Features
Grass (dir. Tanuj Chopra, USA)
Kissing Cousin (dir. Chang Hyun-sang, South Korea)
Nostrum (dir. Stephanie Lou Hauge, USA)

Documentary Features
Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story (dir. Ben Wang, USA)
Finding Phong (dirs. Trần Phương Thảo and Swann Dubus, Vietnam)
Mele Murals (dir. Tadashi Nakamura, USA)
Unbroken Glass (dir. Dinesh Das Sabu, USA)
The Wolf Mask (dir. Ahn Jeong-ho, South Korea)

Narrative Shorts
All Men Are Flowers (dir. Shirley Kim-Ryu, USA/Korea)
Chelonia memoriae (dir. Ultramar Collective, Denmark/Indonesia)
Farewell, Auntie (dir. Louis Yin, USA)
First Date (dir. Anisha Adusumilli, USA)
Frank and Kass (dir. Norbert Shieh, USA)
Frequency (dir. Alireza Ghasemi, Iran)
Golden Golden (dir. Erica Cho, USA)
The Lemon Tree (dir. Amanda Yam, USA)
SEED (dir. Nelson Lee, USA)
The Sweetening (dir. Grace Rowe, USA)
The Waltz (dir. Trevor Zhou, USA)

Documentary/Experimental Shorts
Age, Height, Education (dir. Kate Lefoe, Australia/China)
Beats of the Southern Style (dir. Samantha Yu, South Korea)
Born-Again Artist (dir. Christopher Kim, USA)
The Complete Circle (dir. Jaime Ekkens, South Korea/USA)
Home Is a Hotel (dirs. Kevin Wong and Todd Sills, USA)
How I Ruined My Fried Noodles with Beef (dir. Qian Zhuang, USA)
Meeting with the Leaf (dir. Fazlollah Tari, Iran)
The Part That Belongs to God (dir. Joseph Livesey, USA)
Semiotics of Sab (dir. Tina Takemoto, USA)
The Tent Village (dir. Nilima Abrams, India)