FascinAsian Film Festival

The first annual FascinAsian Film Festival (F3) started as part of Asian Heritage Month activities in 2017 as an annual Asian Film Night event and has grown to become a branded three-day festival which will be held on May 28 – 30, 2021.

 
 

Things I Do For Money

Two Japanese-Canadian cello-playing brothers inadvertently steal a bag of money – and all the woes that go along with it – from a lethal Vancouver hit man. Through a confluence of events and massive bad luck, they also have to save their father’s life, steal an $8 million dollar painting and fight for their lives to get into a prestigious music conservatory. Along the way they discover that everyone has a price and that family never bails on family, no matter the cost.

 
 

Be Water

“Be Water” is told entirely by the family, friends, and collaborators who knew Bruce Lee best, with an extraordinary trove of archive film providing an evocative, immersive visual tapestry that captures Lee’s charisma, his passion, his philosophy, and the eternal beauty and wonder of his art.

 
 

Queen Of The Morning Calm

Queen of the Morning Calm follows 29-year-old immigrant sex worker Debra, and her self-aware 10-year-old daughter Mona, as they embark on a journey of emancipation. Debra attempts to escape cycles of abuse and poverty while learning to become a more nurturing mother and discovering her own self-worth.

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Saturday, May 29th @ 3:30PM

Manitoba Shorts Program

Presented in partnership with the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.

Saturday, May 29th @ 5:00PM

Canadian Shorts Program

Presented in partnership with the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.

First Annual
Asian Film
Festival

The first annual FascinAsian Film Festival (F3) started as part of Asian Heritage Month activities in 2017 as an annual Asian Film Night event and has grown to become a branded three-day festival which will be held on May 28 – 30, 2021.

F3 will be a virtual festival in 2021, with plans to hold its first in-person festival in May of 2022.

F3 is entirely organized and produced by a group of dedicated volunteers and is made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors, public funders, and private donors.

Vision

FascinAsian Film Festival envisions a world where North American Asian storytellers, performers, and other film & media creatives can have equal access to resources and opportunities to shape and enhance cultural understanding in an insightful and positive way.

Mission

FascinAsian is committed to promoting and celebrating Asian perspectives, culture and integrity in film and media. F3 works to foster understanding and appreciation of Asian arts and culture within the Canadian mosaic.

F3 aims to highlight the talent of local, national, and international Asian filmmakers, performers, and other media arts creatives.

F3 strives to create programming that inspires, educates, and brings the community together in appreciation of the artform and the collective effort by its members.

Goals

  • To share and highlight stories from the Asian diaspora and feature Asian talent from Canada and around the world.
  • To educate and inform audiences about the unique Asian-Manitoban, and Asian-Canadian experience.
  • To offer opportunities for education and training in film and media.
  • To create an inclusive, safe and fun environment for Asian artists to share and celebrate their work.
  • To create meaningful dialogue about issues of equal opportunity and equity in the media arts.
  • To build bridges within the community through partnerships and collaboration.
  • To facilitate a multi-day festival of events, supporting these goals.
  • To operate an organization that will be fiscally and ethically responsible and sustainable.

News &
Updates

President’s Message

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I am immensely proud to be announcing the first annual FascinAsian Film Festival in 2021. While it has been a difficult year for festivals and…

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Land
Acknowledgement

The FascinAsian Film Festival acknowledges that we live and work in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations, and the heartland of the Metis people. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations to make the land available for settler use and ownership. We thank the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities that have cared for Turtle Island since the beginning. With this acknowledgment, we remind ourselves of discriminatory, racist, and colonial practices that have and continue to create barriers for Indigenous peoples and communities across Turtle Island.

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