It was another good year for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. In its 13th year, AFFD is the pre-teen of local film festivals, with enough action, drama, and comedy to exhaust even the most ardent devotee. Audiences packed in to see new releases, like Samurai Hustle, and animated classics like Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro. And on Thursday - the festival's final day - the AFFD jury selected its choices for festival winners.
In what was the closet we'll come to the Oscars in Dallas in July, a jury consisting of a broad spectrum of members of the film and arts community, sifted through more than 60 films to pick the best of the best in different categories. If you missed the festival, we've got good news: Premiere Video stocks a good number of international films. Oh, and the Internet.
Here are the winners from the press release: FEATURES Best Asian Narrative Film Late Spring Korea l Drama l Directed by Keun-Hyun Cho
Best Asian-American Narrative Man from Reno USA l Mystery/Thriller l Directed by Dave Boyle
Best Art Direction Funny Money Vietnam l Comedy l Directed by Thien Do
Special Jury Mention for acting Lance Lim, Innocent Blood USA l Crime l Directed by DJ Holloway and Sun W. Kim
Best Cinematography Late Spring Korea l Drama l Directed by Keun-Hyun Cho
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SHORTS Best animated short The Legend of the Flying Tomato USA l Directed by Sharon Huang, Aurry Tan, Michael Yates
Best drama short Forever in Hiatus USA/Vietnam l Directed by Andy Nguyen
Best late night short Usagi-San USA l Directed by Patrick Dickinson
Best documentary short Spilled Water USA/China l Directed by May May Tchao