MIXED ASIAN MEDIA FEST
THE FIRST ANNUAL
MIXED ASIAN MEDIA FEST (MAM FEST)
SEPTEMBER 15th - 19th, 2021
Celebrating mixed Asian creativity #mamf21
About the Fest: Mixed Asian Media, formerly known as Hapa Mag, presents the first annual Mixed Asian Media Fest (MAM Fest). MAM Fest will be a virtual celebration of mixed Asian, who express themselves through creative art forms including film, theatre, art, dance, and more! The five-day festival is filled with programming that includes panels, discussions and exhibition performances and exhibition film screenings that are not in competition. Festival selections will be available on-demand to watch or explore at any time throughout the festival. These selections are in competition for awards that will be announced at our closing ceremony. Questions? Reach out to email@example.com
In light of Covid-19 and safety precautions, MAM Fest will be a virtual celebration of mixed Asian & Pacific Islanders, who express themselves through creative art forms including film, theatre, art, dance, and more!
To be part of this never-before-seen festival at least one person of Mixed Asian or Pacific Islander descent must be part of the creative team, producorial team, and/or cast. Films, theatrical performance, and new media pieces are eligible if created, published, and/or distributed from 2017 - 2021 (the life span of Hapa Mag).
Mixed Asian Media (MAM) is a collective created by multiracial, mixed Asian/Pacific Islanders (API’s). We seek to build a community within this group through conversations of what it means to be of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander descent and find intersectionality in the search for our ever-evolving place in society.
To be mixed API is to be part of a diverse and growing population with many perspectives. We provide a platform to explore pertinent experiences, build powerful relationships, and discover sought-after clarity in the mixed-Asian narrative. We believe that representation and diversity matter in all mediums. From every issue of our magazine to an annual creative festival, we strive to capture mixed Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) stories and experiences through all of our current and future mediums.
“Representation is so important. I grew up never seeing anyone that looked like me on the stage and screen, and meanwhile, as a child actor, I was constantly told by the gatekeepers of Hollywood and Theatre I did not fit in and I wasn’t enough of one heritage or the other to be a viable product. Gross, I know. This is why Mixed Asian Media Fest is so important,” states Alex Chester, Editor-in-Chief of Hapa Mag (MAM) and Director of MAMF. She continues, “Our festival will feature a variety of Mixed API’s within their respective art forms. We are the first to create something like this. I hope this festival brings our ever growing community together.”
"As a lab for new work for film and theatre makers of Asian descent, Leviathan Lab's mission aligns perfectly with the work of Mixed Asian Media Fest," said Ariel Estrada, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab. He added, "The Fest will expand the scope of storytelling from the Asian diaspora, celebrating exciting and daring new work told from the unique perspectives of those of mixed race. I am proud to have Leviathan partner with Mixed Asian Media for this groundbreaking festival."
“As an organization dedicated to Black liberation, we at CRUX stand with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander siblings. We are excited to support, sponsor, and bolster the multi-racial inclusivity and creative expressions featured in the first ever Mixed Asian Media Festival.”
Michaela Ternasky-Holland, Creative Producer of MAMF shares, “I feel honored to be able to launch and expand Mixed Asian Media alongside the Hapa Mag staff. Through Mixed Asian Media Fest, we will be connecting and empowering the current creatives, inspiring the up and coming creatives, and educating those who are not familiar with the strength and ingenuity of mult-racial Asian/Pacfic Island Americans.” She continues her statement saying, “This is also a turnkey moment for multi-racial representation in light of the #StopAAPIHate movement. We are the bridge to the racially expansive divide in our communities.”
More sponsors to be announced closer to Festival dates.
Mixed Asian Media Fest is currently seeking submission through May 23rd via FilmFreeway.
The festival itself will kick off on September 15th, 2021 and conclude September 19th, 2021. Programming will be broken down in specific categories including but not limited to: Theatrical Performances featuring dance, theatre, plays, musicals, spoken word, and other. Films will include Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts & Music Videos, Documentary Features & Documentary Shorts. MAMF is excited to be presenting a New Media category which will cover Web Series, Podcasts, VR/AR, Interactive, Experimentative, Game, Installations, Artwork, and Other. There will also be a Writers Lab where writers working on new works will have the chance to have their projects read out loud by a team of actors and receive constructive feedback.
Attendees will also be able to interact in panel discussions, tallbacks, workshops, networking events, virtual karaoke, and virtual dance parties. MAMF will truly be a celebration of mixed API’s.
Of course what would a festival be without awards and Laurels? MAMF will curate a panel of Judges (TBA) to alcalde the following: Most Impactful for the Mixed Asian Community (Grand Jury Award,) Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Narrative Short Film, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best New Media, Best Theatrical Feature, and Best Theatrical Short.
All submissions to the specific categories are eligible for awards ie: a Mixed Asian or Pacific Islander director will not be favored over a Mixed Asian or Pacific Islander producer for the Best Narrative Feature Film.
Tickets will be globally available starting in July of 2021, and cannot guarantee the geo-blocking of accepted submissions.
Be sure to keep up to date on Mixed Asian Media Fest, by following their social media accounts @MixedAsianMediaFest on IG and Facebook.