SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th: 4:45 - 6:45 PM

Shorts Program and Executive Panel

Veritas Film & Television

DaVinci International Film Festival invites a panel of entertainment industry professionals to discuss the growth of Asian Cinema.  Join us to enjoy four shorts, connect with executives, and get more insight from Asian filmmakers in the industry.


Asian Cinema has become more globally recognized and the film industry in countries like China, South Korea, and India are growing rapidly. More Asian filmmakers have stood on world podiums and thrived in various film festivals.

With Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite winning six academy awards in 2020: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design. It marks a new chapter in film where Asian Cinema shines. In 2021, Chloe Zhou’s Nomadland again took six academy awards and made her the first Asian woman to win both Best Picture and Best Director. The well-known Everything Everywhere All at Once is another great film representing Asian culture and filmmakers. As one of the best films of 2022, it won hundreds of awards including seven academy awards. Michelle Yeon also became the first Asian woman to win Best Actress.

Asian Cinema has a huge market worldwide and more and more Asian filmmakers stand out within the industry. JOIN US to learn more about Films from Asia!

Moderator: Andrea Zhang
UCSB Film Alumni. She has worked on 15 short films as film producer, has experience in narrative, documentary, music video, and commercial. She interned at Beijing Radio and Television Station for a live-streaming show.

Shorts Block
  • Headless (short narrative)
  • Everywhere (short animation)
  • Swallow Dance (short animation)
  • Duet (short doc)

Kim Loan Duong is the CEO and Founder of Prestigious Models and Image Powerhouse Agency. The only agency that specialize in representing Asian Models, Actors and Talents for Commercial, TV and Film projects as well as representing Brands for Events and Marketing specializing in the Asian Market in North America.

Calvin Wu (Jiawen) is a veteran producer in film, TV, commercial and social media fields. His representative work includes One True Loves (Staring Simu Liu, Phillipa Soo), Extinct (A Netflix Animation), The Way We Were (Staring Jin Luo, Yan Tang), Lost in the Pacific (Staring Yuqi Zhang, Brandon Routh), Last Flight (Staring Ed Westwick, Zhuzhu), among others.

China Lion Entertainment Production: China Lion Entertainment Production established in 2014, concentrates on developing and producing feature films for global audiences with Chinese culture mixed in. The company has more than 5 projects currently in development. In 2021, China Lion’s first animation feature Extinct was released on Netflix in North America, in UK, and other theaters and platforms worldwide.

Isabelle Du is a proud Vietnamese American who has been in the entertainment industry for 18+ years as an actress, model and former Miss Vietnam USA 2017.  You may recognize Isabelle Du from ABC’s Will Trent, General Hospital, NBC’s Magnum P.I., Hallmark Channel’s Hidden Gems, 6 Seasons of Syfy Channel’s Face Off and CBS Amazing Race.  Recently she was named as WeAudition’s Ones to Watch” at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. She continues to be an advocate for AAPI inclusion onscreen and loves to support the younger generation who wants to pursue entertainment.

Anthony Young - DIFF
A serial entrepreneur, Anthony has invested in several media and entertainment companies.  All of Anthony’s companies combined to date have produced 29 projects that has gone through theatrical release and major streaming platforms in the last 7.5 years.