Thank You for Joining Us at the 2016 Kickoff!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support the 2016 Asian World Film Festival! We are so proud to have the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and grateful they hosted our event at their beautiful office in West Hollywood last Friday.

Advisory Board Members Gia Noortas and Medha Jaishankar

Advisory Board Members Gia Noortas and Medha Jaishankar

Check out more photos from the event here.

Attending last night were members of our Advisory and Honorary Board, as well as the 2016 Festival Jury and team. We are so thankful to our partners who joined us from Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, CJ Entertainment, BDO, CD Video Manufacturing and Variety. We hope all our guests enjoyed the swag from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ArcLight, LA Film School, CJ Entertainment, and Lighthouse. We also want to extend a big thank you to Berri's Cafe for their delicious treats and look forward to having them back at the Filmmakers Lounge during Festival Week.

It's hard to believe that just two years ago founders Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, Asel Sherniyazova, Executive Director, Georges Chamchoum, Director of Operations Brett Syson and I first started to conceptualize the Festival. We are so humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to our efforts and proud of how far we have come in such a short time. All of which wouldn't be possible without the hard work of our volunteers and team that dedicate their time to the Festival mission. We still have a long way to go, but we look forward to having you with us as we continue to grow.

And of course all of this wouldn't be possible without the support of YOU-- our audience. Be on the lookout for Festival Passes going on sale in the next week and tickets sales for select films on September 26th.

Stay tuned for news coming soon on our lineup and an announcement on our 2016 Festival Honorees. See you on Opening Night October 24th, 2016 at ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City!

- Rachel Sine, Artistic Director