Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival

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The Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a week-long film festival founded in 2006 by filmmaker and artist Harish Saluja and held every May during Asian American Heritage Month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to show mostly recent films and music by artists with Asian ethnic origins, such as from Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Korea, and the Philippines. It also includes films whose topical matter is about Asians or Asian Americans.

The festival shows feature length films, sixty minutes long and over and the formats accepted are 35mm, 16mm, Betacam SP video (NTSC only) and DVD (NTSC, Region 1 only).


In 2005 Harish Saluja founded Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization which celebrates diversity & multiculturalism. Silk Screen brings together the region’s diverse ethnic communities. Through the media of film, music, dance, and theater, these communities are able to learn and experience each other’s cultures and come to recognize our shared human experience. The main event of Silk Screen is a 10-day Asian-American Film Festival. Each spring, Silk Screen brings 20 + feature length current Asian Films to Pittsburgh. Films range from drama to comedy to human interest to animation. Audience appeal is from 8 years to senior citizens. Internationally acclaimed filmmakers are invited to attend screenings and for Question and Answer sessions with the audiences. Silk Screen is the only organization in Western Pennsylvania to provide programming of this type.

2014 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival[edit]

The 9th annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is underway, beginning Fri., April 25, with a gala party, and running for 10 days. The festival will showcase 25 feature films and two short films during 47 screening events taking place at Regent Square Theater, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum and Waterworks Cinemas. Films and filmmakers for 2014 hail from India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Iran and more.


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