FascinAsian Film Festival

With one Asian film festival completed in 2021, FascinAsian announces that we will be having another film festival in May 2022! Plans are underway to host a film festival in Calgary at the same time as the Winnipeg-based festival, with events coordinated together. Watch for it as our planning and program is underway to deliver another great event.

FascinAsian Film Festival is coming back May 13-15, 2022 !!

Early bird deadline is December 15, 2021

Film submission details: https://filmfreeway.com/FascinAsian

The FascinAsian Film Festival celebrates and promotes Asian perspectives, culture, and identity in film and media. The festival exists to highlight the talent of local, national, and international Asian actors, filmmakers, and content creators. We aim to create programming that inspires, educates, and brings the Asian-Canadian community together in appreciation of the art form and the collective effort by its valued members.

Asian Film

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 held on May 28 – 30, 2021.

F3 was a successful 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.


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.


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.


  • 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.

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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.