Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival - HAAPIFEST

June 25, 2019 - June 28, 2019
Recurring daily
Marriott Westchase Houston
2900 Briarpark Dr | Houston, TX 77042
Contact: Maria Duran
Times: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free; ticketed events range from $10-$75

OCA-Greater Houston presents the 15th Annual Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFEST) taking place June 20-28th 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 and shorts. HAAPIFEST kicks off on June 20th at Asia Society Texas Center screening Jay Chern’s “Omotenashi” followed by a special ticketed Q&A reception with the director and closes with the Community Arts Night, a ticketed event showcasing visual & performing arts presentations catered by Blood Brothers 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 21 - HAAPIFEST Student Filmmaker Workshop by local instructor/filmmaker Khoa Dinh (ticketed event)• June 23 – o 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)o TEA Talks – a special panel discussion built around the screening of “Travel Ban: Making America Laugh Again” • June 26 – Immediately following the screening of “ULAM”, guests are invited to a exploration of Filipino cuisine with a special reception at Gerry’s Grill for an authentic ulam style dinner (ticketed event)• June 27 – OCA Filmmakers Panel & Welcome Reception featuring special access to various filmmakers (TEA Talk is FREE however the Reception is a ticketed event)• OCA Classic Films – past feature films will be sprinkled throughout the festival to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of HAAPIFEST