October 10

DePaul CDM Theatre
14 E. Jackson Blvd, LL105
Chicago, IL 60604

October 11 & 12

5027 N Broadway St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

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A diverse program of short films by established and emerging Southeast Asian filmmakers, ranging from documentary and fiction to experimental films. In collaboration with our Kuala Lumpur-based curator, our plan is to host a selection split into three two-hour programs. Through the filmmakers’ voices, this festival explores the fluid identities of Southeast Asia that are encapsulated in conversations about love, death, gender, youth and dreams, mundane everyday lives, globalisation, traditions, as well as myths. These films challenge what constitutes a place, a people, and a film through bold new cinematic approaches.


Our festival aims to bring together various artists, filmmakers, and communities in Chicago to center Southeast Asian voices who are redefining narratives and advancing unique conceptions of identity to:

Highlight and uplift a diverse range of underrepresented film forms and themes from emerging filmmakers.

Create a space that brings together local Southeast Asian communities and connect them to the larger Southeast Asian diaspora.

Providing an accessible means for audiences in Chicago to deepen their understanding of the Southeast Asian diaspora through works that challenge perceptions and offer more nuanced perspectives from the region.


WITHIN; WITHOUT features a diverse selection of short films made by both established and emerging Southeast Asian filmmakers, ranging from documentary and fiction to experimental films. The two terms ‘within’ and ‘without’ are employed here to disassemble the epistemic boundaries of nation-state (e.g. Mainland Asia versus maritime Southeast Asia, also known as Nusantara) that have been long employed to define Southeast Asian identities as something rigid, distinct, and exotic.

Through the filmmakers’ voices, this program explores the fluid identities of Southeast Asian that are encapsulated in conversations about love, death, gender, youth and dreams, mundane everyday lives, money, globalisation, traditions as well as myths. Besides than well-acclaimed short films, this program also includes lesser-heard and newly-discovered works that challenge conventional forms and ways of telling stories.

Day One

October 10

DePaul CDM Theatre
14 E. Jackson Blvd, LL105
Chicago, IL 60604

US Premiere

Weeping Birds

"Weeping Birds" tells the story of an elderly couple who take old age and death as a joke. The husband scavenges to earn money to prepare for his dying wife's funeral as the wife tries to overcome the fact that death is nigh and separation is imminent.

Dir. Chan Teik Quan

Chan Teik Quan is a graduate in the Faculty of Cinematic Arts at Multimedia University Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia. He is an aspiring filmmaker, artist and photographer who finds inspiration in human feelings and human relationships. He believes that film is a medium that combines every art form and through filmmaking, he wants to bring to light the issues that people don't usually pay attention to.

Malaysia, 2018
20 mins
US Premiere

Melody of Bamboo: One Man, Two Wives, and A Flute

An older Hmong man on the outskirts of Luang Prabang struggles to balance two wives, nine kids, and his true passion for perfection in the only thing he can truly control - the bamboo flute.

Dir. Ka Xiong
Laos, 2016
6 mins
Chicago Premiere

On The Origin of Fear

One soldier and one prisoner. Two soldiers and one film director. That day, they talk to each other very intimately: about pain, loyalty, betrayal, drama and terror.

Dir. Bayu Prihantoro
Indonesia, 2016
12 mins
Chicago Premiere

Letters From Pandurangga

The essay film, made in the form of an anonymous exchange of letters between a man and a woman, was initially inspired by the fact that the government of Vietnam plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan (formerly known as Panduranga), right at the spiritual heart of the Cham indigenous people, threatening the survival of this ancient matriarchal Hindu culture that stretches back almost two thousand years.

Dir. Nguyen Trinh Thi

Nguyen Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based independent filmmaker and video/media artist. Her diverse practice has consistently investigated the role of memory in the necessary unveiling of hidden, displaced or misinterpreted histories; and examined the position of artists in the Vietnamese society. Nguyen studied journalism, photography, international relations and ethnographic film in the United States. Her films and video art works have been shown at festivals and art exhibitions including Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; the Lyon Biennale 2015; Asian Art Biennial 2015, Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2014; Singapore Biennale 2013; Jakarta Biennale 2013; Oberhausen International Film Festival; Bangkok Experimental Film Festival; Artist Films International; DEN FRIE Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; and Kuandu Biennale, Taipei. Nguyen is founder and director of Hanoi DOCLAB, an independent center for documentary film and the moving image art in Hanoi since 2009.

Vietnam, 2016
34 mins
Chicago Premiere

Three Wheels

On a lonely night, Tuc Tuc driver Nath meets a woman who reminds him of his past. Returning home, he confesses to his wife that he wants to move. This realization ultimately reveals the unspoken realities of their marriage dating from the Khmer Rouge period.

Dir. Kavich Neang

Kavich Neang is a Cambodian filmmaker with a degree in design from Limkokwing University and was raised in Phnom Penh's landmark White Building. In 2010, he directed his first short film, A Scale Boy, during a documentary workshop led by Rithy Panh. In 2013, Neang joined Busan Festival's Asian Film Academy, and in 2014, he co-founded Anti-Archive, Cambodia's first independent production company. In 2015, Neang directed his first two narrative shorts, Three Wheels, which premiered at Busan Film Festival and won the Youth Jury award at Singapore Film Festival, and Goodbye Phnom Penh, commissioned by Asian Film Archive. He is developing his first narrative feature, White Building, which received two awards at Busan's 2016 Asian Project Market. He has been invited to the Residency of Cannes Festival Cinéfondation in October 2017. He is simultaneously directing Last Night I saw You Smiling, his first documentary feature, related to the same building.

Cambodia, 2015
20 mins
US Premiere

Jodilerks De La Cruz, Employee of the Month

Jodilerks, has been quietly and diligently working as a gas station attendant for a very long time. Tonight is her final shift and she has decided to sign off in, quite frankly, outrageous fashion.

Dir. Carlo Francisco Manatad

Carlo Francisco Manatad (born October 4,1987, Tacloban City) is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. .He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. His short film, Junilyn Has, competed at the Festival del film Locarno and went on to screen at several international film festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, Upssala, Winterthur and Busan to name a few. Sandra and Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 has won awards in Russia, Romania and the USA most notably winning the Best Comedy Short at the Aspenshorts Fest – an Oscar qualifying film festival. A Philippine and Singaporean co-production, Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, his last short film was selected in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.

One of the most prolific editors in the Philippines today, he has collaborated with numerous filmmakers for independent and mainstream scene. Manatad is also an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Docnet Campus Project. He is currently working on his first feature film, Whether the Weather is Fine, a film about the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan of his hometown, Tacloban. The project is supported by the Asian Cinema Fund, Globe Studios and the Talents Tokyo Fellowship Fund, It has also participated at the EAVE Ties That Bind, La Fabrique Des Cinema du Monde – Cannes and the Torino Film Lab – FeatureLab360.

Philippines, 2017
13 mins
US Premiere


Taste chronicles the story of Bassley, a Nigerian football player in the Vietnamese football league who suddenly finds himself working in a seedy sex parlour shortly after experiencing a career-ending leg injury. All just to support his family back home.

Dir. Le Bao
Vietnam, 2016
16 mins

Day Two

October 11

5027 N Broadway St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

World Premiere


Mae, a second generation Vietnamese teenager living in the US has an obsessive admiration for Angelina Jolie. Mae's grandmother is over-protective of her granddaughter's look, especially her long, unruly black hair, which has been kept untouched for years. One day, Mae passes by a hair salon's new advertisement showing her idol with short hair. Overcome by curiosity, she walks in, and a flattering glorification begins.

Dir. Ostin Fam
Vietnam, 2017
13 mins
US Premiere

Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets

Ning and Mur, a couple who sells congealed blood for a living, face a huge ordeal when people stop consuming blood due to a shift in religious beliefs. But they are sick of all hypocrites.

Dir. Yosep Anggi Noen

Yosep Anggei Noen was born in a village outside Yogyakarta and started making short films with friends during high school. He later graduated from the Asian Film Academy. Anggi Noen is a producer, screenwriter and filmmaker and teaches film classes in Indonesia.

Indonesia, 2018
15 mins
US Premiere

Baguio Address No. 10

Baguio Address No. 10 is an experimental film revolving primarily around the filmmaker’s family’s experiences of constantly having to move from one house to another. The work connects past home videos, old photographs, recorded conversations, and mobile phone videos in an attempt to dream of a future home through cinema.

Dir. Mervine Aquino

Mervine Aquino (b. 1996) is a filmmaker and writer from Baguio City, Philippines. He has made several short films including "Interlude (Are you having fun?)" and “Baguio Address No. 10", and also worked on several feature length films such as "People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose" (2016, dir. John Torres) and "Dog Days" (2018, dir. Timmy Harn). His film, “Baguio Address No. 10", was nominated for Best Short Film in the 42nd Gawad Urian and the 67th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards.

Philippines, 2018
14 mins
Chicago Premiere


Money never sleeps. In the night-time hustle and bustle of a busy neighbourhood, a bank note is passed from hand to hand. It bears witness to all the interactions of a society.

Dir. Emir Ezwan

Emir Ezwan’s career as a visual artist began after a teenage love affair with the world of graphic novels. Though he read for a Bachelor’s in Computer and Electronics Engineering, Emir’s true calling has always been in the field of multimedia and the visual arts. After contractual stints with some advertising/design houses, he went on to become co-founder of both design studio Karyalabs (2007), and the financial service tech startup Billplz (2009). In 2012 Emir co-founded Entropy with fellow visual artist Sufie, specialising in his forte of visual storytelling. For both client briefs and self-initiated passion/pet projects they work closely with talented collaborators in animation, visual effects, original story development and screenwriting.

Malaysia, 2016
12 mins
US Premiere

32 Souls

An old woman from Mong Htet in northern Shan State in Myanmar looks back on a life marked by privation and loss. Her memories are interwoven with images that touch on this conflicted state’s past, present and future.

Dir. Sai Naw Kham

Sai Naw Kham grew up in Tangyan Township in Myanmar’s northern Shan State. Moving to Yangon in 2007, he first studied chemistry and worked for three years as an editor for Charr Music Production. His first brush with filmmaking came when he filmed his uncle’s donation to a Palaung village; the Palaung continue to fascinate him and he hopes to one day make a feature-length film with them. Since joining YFS in 2014 he has directed a documentary, The Crocodile Creek. In 2015 he photographed a short YFS drama, Book Lover.

Myanmar, 2016
25 mins
Chicago Premiere

Kampung Tapir

A Sunday afternoon, migrant worker Anne and her husband leave their five years old daughter from Kampung Tapir (Tapir Village), Malaysia.

Dir. See Wee Aw

Born in a ceramic-making family in Johor, Malaysia, See Wee Aw pursued his film study in Taiwan. See Wee’s film works, often focus on human relationships and social phenomenons, telling daily life stories from simple characters in his realism & fantasy style. His works also have many unique details of visual & sound from cinematography and sound design experiences. Besides directing, See Wee also lectures in several colleges and works in several international & local productions such as Indian Summers 2 (UK Series, as Sound Utility) & Shuttle Life (2017)(Malaysian Film, as 2nd AD). His short film work as DP Arnie (2016) was selected in Cannes Critics Week in 2016. His latest short film as writer/director Kampung Tapir (2017) has been selected for over 50 film festivals, including Singapore International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, Tampere Film Festival, Busan ISFF (NETPAC Award), and Oaxaca Filmfest etc. The film was also mentioned in “Cahiers du cinéma” in 2018. See Wee has participated in several workshops such as Asian Film Academy (2017) in Busan, South Korea & won the second price for pitching his feature film project Causeway. The project is in the script development phase and it also has the same background migrant workers story as Kampung Tapir.

Malaysia, 2017
17 mins
US Premiere

Piece of Meat

Enslaved in a surreal world of living objects, a Lamb Chop does whatever it takes to make ends meet.

Co-Dir. Huang Junxiang

Huang Junxiang enjoys a good comedy and is grateful to be able to pursue a career in filmmaking. His short film, Give Yourself a Chance, was awarded at the Very Short International Festival 2012. His second, I Will Die screened at Singapore International Film Festival 2014. He has proceeded to produce a number of feature films including In The Room (Toronto 2016), Apprentice (Un Certain Regard 2016), Ramen Teh (Berlin Culinary Cinema 2018) and Buffalo Boys (Fantasia Film Festival 2018).

Co-Dir. Jerrold Chong

Director/animator Jerrold Chong graduated with a BFA in Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). An avid lover of cinema, he is fascinated by the power of animated cinema as abstract visual metaphor and is driven by a desire to tell sincere stories that examines the depths of everyday life and the complexities of the human experience. His films have screened at numerous international film festivals such as Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

He is currently developing his first feature, “The Art of Charlie Chan”, based on an Eisner awarded Singaporean Graphic Novel by Sonny Liew. This graphic novel also had the distinction of featuring on the New York Times Bestseller list amongst other accolades. This project will be presented at MIFA, Annecy, June 2019.

Singapore, 2019
11 mins
Chicago Premiere


A young girl saves a pig’s life and incidentally changes her own.

Dir. Ash Mayfair
Vietnam, 2012
14 mins

Day Three

October 12

5027 N Broadway St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

US Premiere

The Story of Ones

Utilizing the banality of Vietnamese state radio broadcasts, The Story of Ones gives a face and a sense of place to the unseen and offers a personal counterpoint to the officially sanctioned. Like entering a roomful of stories, the viewer steps into an unfamiliar space guided only by the sound of the radio tuning in to lifestyle programming, call-in shows and radio dramas. The portraits and settings layered atop the aural landscape create questions, provide humor, offer context and withdraw explanation of what once seemed clear before entering the room.

Dir. Pham Ngoc Lan

Pham Ngoc Lan is a filmmaker and video artist in Hanoi, Vietnam. Lan’s experimental documentary film The Story of Ones (2011) was screened in numerous film festivals and art museums, including Visions du Reel (Switzerland) and CPH-DOX (Denmark). In 2012, he was invited to a Creators Residency Program in Hokkaido, Japan. His art works emphasize the direct, poetic and whimsical aspects of human life.

Vietnam, 2012
9 mins


One man dipped into a pool made him recall his childhood memory and lead him to feel that moment.

Dir. Thanut Rujitanont

In 2016, after graduated in the B.F.A. Film and Digital Media program at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, Thailand, Thanut Rujitanont has pursued his career as an animation artist. “Shallow” (TEUN), his graduation animation was awarded the Gold Prize Digicon6 (Thailand) in Japan and screened over 30 film festivals around the world. In 2017, he started his first professional animation by pitching an animated short film “In my sleep” (LAHMER) and received Nef Animation and Ciclic Animation Prizes in the Annecy International Film Festival 2017 in France. Afterwards, he was invited to the animation residency at Fontevraud Abbey, Ciclic animation, and Folimage studio in France. In 2018, he was invited to be an animation lecturer in Japanese animation festivals in which were funded by the Japan Foundation. In 2019, he was selected to develop his film in Atelier del’Enclume, Belgium. Currently, he is working on his first professtional film by supports from non-profit organisations: Thailand Ministry of Culture and French animation organizations, namely NEF animation and CICLIC animation. He is also self-studying animation to a higher level.

Thailand, 2016
4 mins
Chicago Premiere

Vinegar Baths

A tired and overworked nurse at the maternity ward finds joy when she is alone roaming the hospital corridors at night. It's the time when she can finally eat.

Dir. Amanda Nell Eu

Having graduated from the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking, Amanda has directed short films based in the UK and also Malaysia. Her previous short film, It’s Easier to Raise Cattle, premiered in competition in the 74th Venice Film Festival 2017. Amanda is an alumna of Berlinale Talents Campus and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. She is developing her first feature film Tiger Stripes, set in Malaysia. In her work, she likes to explore the female body and identity within the context of South East Asia.

Malaysia, 2018
14 mins
US Premiere

Ferris Wheel

Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai.

Dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng was born in Thailand in 1976. He studied Fine Arts at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University and Filmmaking at New York’s Digital Film Academy. He has directed several experimental shorts and mid-length films including CHINGCHA SAWAN (Ferris Wheel), which played in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He also works as a cinematographer in Thailand. His debut feature, MANTA RAY, premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2018.

Thailand, 2015
25 mins
Chicago Premiere

Mother At Arms

Mi Sue Pwint is a member of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, the student army formed after nationwide protests were brutally crushed by Myanmar’s military dictatorship in 1988. This film tells her extraordinary story as both a leading revolutionary and mother and describes how she is now actively engaged in the peace process in her deeply conflicted country.

Dir. Nu Nu Hlaing

Nu Nu Hlaing comes from a village in Bogalay in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy delta. Following the devastating cyclone Nargis that swept through the delta in 2008 she came to Yangon where she attended courses in journalism run by capacity building organisation Myanmar Egress and later worked for the Myanmar Peace Centre. Since joining Yangon Film School in 2012 she has worked on numerous documentaries as a sound recordist. Mother At Arms, which won the top Diamond Award at the 2017 Goethe Institut Myanmar Documentary Awards, marks her first film as a director in her own right.

Myanmar, 2018
21 mins
US Premiere

We Still Have To Close Our Eyes

A collage of scenes in the periphery of film sets and locations in Manila made to look like a fictional piece, a gift to a baby named Aki Tala who will grow and watch her father’s work for the first time. An exercise in building, looking, and hearing; a tenuous work-in-progress.

Dir. John Torres

John Torres is a filmmaker and musician based in Manila, Philippines. He has developed an idiosyncratic cinematic syntax, in which on- or off-screen spoken texts, including poetry by local authors, are of great importance. The imagery and narrative structure of his feature films is not prosaic, but associative and fragmented. Torres realizes his projects as a sole producer, screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and editor.

Philippines, 2019
13 mins
Chicago Premiere

Cambodia 2099

On Diamond Island in Phnom Penh, the centre of modern Cambodia, two friends tell each other what they dreamt last night. Sotha was told how to teleport to the future; it's all about the exact time, place, music and movements, and wearing the right colour pyjamas.

Dir. Davy Chou

Davy Chou is a French filmmaker. His first documentary feature film, Golden Slumbers, was selected at Forum Berlinale 2012 and at Busan International Festival 2011. Cambodia 2099 premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2014, and received the best prize at Curtas Vila do Conde 2014. He is now developing a feature film entitled Diamond Island.

Cambodia, 2014
21 mins
US Premiere

Still Is Time

Time seem to have come to a stand still on a particular Sunday. On the day of his daughter's wedding, a father finds himself consumed with his own emotions and amidst the joyous celebration, he undergoes a curious episode with profound metaphysical ramification.

Dir. Gladys Ng

Gladys' films reflect her nature, often nuanced and subtle, interspersed with wry humour. In 2015, My Father After Dinner was awarded Best Singapore Short at the 25th Singapore International Film Festival. The year after, she was commissioned by the festival and made The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life. The film was also developed during a film residency with Objectifs in Thailand. Her latest film, Still Is Time, had screened in-competition at Uppsala International Film Festival.

Singapore, 2017
16 mins

Our Story

SUBTITLE started as a Chicago-based online film magazine aiming to recenter diasporic voices within the discourse on Asian cinema. From there, we’ve grown to include a biweekly Asian film society that holds intimate screenings and discussions, and now a film festival. With this selection of films, we want to share the stories that matter to us—the ones we wish we could have seen when we were growing up, the ones that connect our community, and the ones that will inspire the next generation.

The Team

Charmaine Balisalisa

Charmaine concerns themselves with a lot of things, and they think it has something to do with the fact that they have their Sun, Moon, and Mercury all in Cancer. The concerns they choose to keep themselves busy with is building communities surrounding arts, social justice, and cultural empowerment. The SUBTITLE Film Fest naturally fell into their schedule. Charmaine is many things, but the titles and descriptors they associate themselves with the most are Filipino, diasporic, community designer & artivist, cultural worker, life partner, business owner, and blessed.

TJ Collanto

TJ Collanto (he/him/his) is a filmmaker currently based in Manila, Philippines. Since completing his M.A. in Filmmaking at the London Film School in 2017, he has worked as a production designer and camera operator on various independent films. His short film ‘Diliman’ (2017) has screened and received international festival recognition from Glasgow, Odense, Uppsala, Go-Short Nijmegen, SeaShorts, the Asian American International Film Festival and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Most recently, he worked as the Outreach Coordinator at the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, connecting Filipino immigrants in the Chicagoland area to various community resources. While developing his next projects about Filipinx diasporic communities, he enjoys finding ways for more people to watch Southeast Asian films, collaborating as an assistant director and staring at the sun.

Emily Liu

Emily Liu is an audio journalist from Singapore. She watches a lot of movies and figured this would be a good excuse to channel that into something more productive.

Sydney Remoroza Mercado

Sydney is a theater maker interested in telling stories of Asian American identity, with an emphasis on Filipino identity, through theater and media. She is currently exploring the history of the Philippines and queer, Filipino-American identity and how it relates to the legacy of colonization and ancestry. She is currently a producer at "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings" which is staged play reading series intended to provide space for Midwest APA playwrights, directors, and actors.

Elise Shick

Elise Shick is a film producer and film programmer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After working as the researcher and interviewer of a local radio show ‘Unpacking Malaysian Cinema’, she volunteered at Association of Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC) 2016 and Next New Wave Young Filmmakers Workshop 2016 and 2017. She joined the organising team of Southeast Asian Short film Festival 2018 and programmed films at Cinephilia, a film club founded by Tan Chui Mui. In 2018, she was selected for Working Title Workshop organized by Japan Foundation Asia Center to receive trainings for screening professionals and curators under the mentorship of Chris Fujiwara, Ed Lejano, and Koyo Yamashita. Since then, she programs films in Tokyo and Manila with other programmers from Southeast Asia and Japan. Her experiences on various film sets as production manager, art director, and casting director later brought her into producing. She currently works as the producer of Kuman Pictures, a production company founded by Amir Muhammad that produces horror films and thrillers. Besides than producing and programming, she also makes experimental films and writes about films.

Alex Wen

Alex is a creative committed to bridging together creative communities and figuring out ways to help manifest the ideas and concepts of artists from all disciplines. He does that through consulting work, web design and development, event-planning, and more!

Ainsley Chac / Erika Mei Chau Holum / Irfan Ibrahim / Michael del Rosario / Anna Luy Tan / Ashish Valentine / Johnny A Yoeun / Grace Yu

August 2002 - May 2006

Ways to Support

Whether it’s through a monetary contribution, a sponsorship, some sort of collaboration, or just spreading the word, any support is greatly appreciated. We are looking to partner with local community, art, and film organizations who share our goals of connecting people across spatial and regional borders. The SUBTITLE Southeast Asian Short Film Festival seeks to foster an accessible, stimulating, healing, and educational space for Chicago’s Southeast Asian community and beyond.


Presenting sponsor

Sponsor All 23 Films

This amount will cover most of the festival cost, including film screener fees, catering, and marketing costs.

Marketing & Branding Logo and corporate name, listed as Presenting Sponsor, on all Festival items - website, program, magazine, signage, flyersPrinted ad in Festival programDisplay booth/table at Festival venue
Press Speaking opportunities at all screenings events and panels Recognition in press release
Entertainment 20 festival passes

Gold sponsor

Sponsor 10 films

This amount will cover the film screener and some miscellaneous fees.

Marketing & Branding Logo and corporate name, listed as Gold Sponsor, on all Festival items - website, program, magazine, signage, flyersPrinted ad in Festival programDisplay booth/table at Festival venue
Press Speaking opportunities at all screenings events and panels Recognition in press release
Entertainment 10 festival passes

Silver sponsor

Sponsor 5 films

This amount will cover some of the screening fees.

Marketing & Branding Logo and corporate name, listed as Silver Sponsor, on all Festival items - website, program, magazine, signage, flyersDisplay booth/table at Festival venue
Press Speaking opportunities at all screenings events and panels Recognition in press release
Entertainment 5 festival passes

Bronze sponsor

Sponsor 3 films

This amount will help bring over three short films from Southeast Asia to the Festival.

Marketing & Branding Logo and corporate name, listed as Bronze Sponsor, on all Festival items - website, program, magazine, signage, flyers
Press Recognition in press release
Entertainment 3 festival passes


Sponsor 1 film

This amount will help bring over a short film from Southeast Asia to the Festival.

Marketing & Branding Logo and corporate name, listed as a Sponsor, on all Festival items - website, program, magazine, signage, flyers
Press Recognition in press release
Entertainment 2 festival passes

Other Ways to Support


Co-Organize and sponsor festival events with us! Have the perfect facilitator or panelist for a discussion related to the films and themes (diaspora, identity, migration)?

Interested in contributing or supporting a pop-up exhibition featuring art of all forms by local Asian American artists and students at the screening venue?

Have a venue that would be a perfect spot for a pre-screening reception?

Let's chat!


Our team is working on a volunteer basis. We are always looking for folks interested in helping at the actual events with setting up, showing guests around etc.


We really hope our festival reaches the communities that may not usually come to a festival, especially seniors and children in the Southeast Asian diaspora. If you’d like to make this happen, we would love your help. You can:

Sponsor tickets for these folks.

Outreach to organizations that work with these communities.

Organize transportation, translators, or other resources for them.

Contact Us

Whether you're interested in sponsoring, collaborating, volunteering, or just to say hi, feel free to send us a message through the below form or email us at info@subtitlemagazine.com!