The Sacramento International Asian Film Festival (Cine Asia)

Cine Asia, the Sacramento International Asian Film Festival - 

Since 2002, The Sacramento International Asian Film Festival has showcased the best in international Asian Cinema. Asian Cinema is a wide and expansive term, referring to films from the continent of Asia and MUCH MORE. More on that later...

See This year's show:


2016 Cine Asia Feature: Being Robin


2013:  Model Minority, by Lily Mariye. Lily is an Emmy Award winning Japanese-American actress turned director with some amazing credits including 13 seasons as a regular on ER. Please see more with Lily here.Lily has surrounded herself with talent including music by husband and jazz legend Boney James, as well as talented actors like Helen Slater and many others!

The Sacramento Asian Film Festival was also honored to premiere

Academy Award winner Chris Tashima's film Little Tokyo Reporter.


CINE ASIA, a brief history...

Over the years, Cine Asia featured the best of films from Japan (Spooky Kabooki Halloween) and China (Hero) as well as films from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea Thailand, Cambodia and many others. But Asian cinema offers much more than what one may immediately assume. For example, many Asian-American film makers take part in Cine-Asia. Indeed many from right here at home!


Southeast Asian Cinema as it is known refers to films from  the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries.

Central Asian Cinema includes Iranian cinema, Tajikistan. West Asian cinema includes Arab, Turkish  and even Israel.

Finally, Cine Asia has premiered many films considered South Asian Cinema; films from  India, Pakistan (Urdu cinema), Bengali cinema and Bangladesh.

Perhaps best known of these were our Northern California premiere of Academy Award winner for best picture, Slum Dog Millionaire (which, despite its English director had a nearly all Indian crew).

 More Indian Cinema

Cine Asia has a proud tradition of premiering award winning films. Another was the the multi-award winning Vanaja, directed by Rajnesh Domopalli (film pictured right). Many Cine Asia offerings take a decidedly unconventional approach like Taiwanese director Shu-Hsuan Lin's animated classic short,  Live Outside The Box  depicted below.

Look to The Sacramento International Asian Film Festival (Cine Asia) to present the best in international Asian cinema each year!

As part of the family of festivals produced by the California Film Foundation we are proud to offer this showcase of international and local film. On behalf of everyone at the California Film Foundation, we welcome you to Cine Asia!