MIXED MATCH director Jeff Chiba Stearns at the AAAFF 2017 closing party

The AAAFF 2017 awards, as chosen by our esteemed jury and audience members, were announced at the festival closing party on December 10th. Congratulations to all the winners!

DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARDS

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (dirs. Scott Drucker and Yu Gu) – Best Documentary Feature

“We are thrilled to announce the AAAFF 2017 Feature Documentary winner is a film that is equally bold and wildly refreshing. Following a unique and fearless subject, we gain a new representation of modern Asian America and explore the painful impact of social media and media scrutiny.”

WEAVERS OF IMAGINATION (dir. Sadeq Jafari) – Best Documentary Short

“Selecting the winner of the AAAFF 2018 Short Documentary was extremely tough due to a truly stellar selection of rich documentaries with unique perspectives and stories. We unanimously chose a film with excellent filmmaking and cinematography that celebrates stories of an under-represented community and voices of strong women subjects.”

95 AND 6 TO GO (dir. Kimi Takesue) – Honorable Mention

“Kimi’s personal documentary profiling her grandfather Tom is courageous, artistically rewarding, and a beautiful love letter to HawaiĘ»i. With an emotionally rich and at times haunting narrative, we were stuck by Kimi’s masterful storytelling and daring exploration into her family’s history.”

NARRATIVE JURY AWARDS

WEXFORD PLAZA (dir. Joyce Wong) – Best Narrative Feature

LUNCH TIME (dir. Alireza Ghasemi) – Best Narrative Short

AUDIENCE AWARDS

MIXED MATCH (dir. Jeff Chiba Stearns) – Best Documentary Feature

WEAVERS OF IMAGINATION (dir. Sadeq Jafari) – Best Documentary Short

WEXFORD PLAZA (dir. Joyce Wong) – Best Narrative Feature

THE PITS (dir. Shetu Modi) – Best Narrative Short