Visual Communications Media's mission is to develop and support the diverse voices of Asian American & Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 by a group of pioneering independent filmmakers, Visual Communications Media (VC) has evolved from being the first Asian Pacific media arts center dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian American & Pacific Islander people and heritage, to an artistic development and resource center for media creators.
VC’s’ programming includes: the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and year‐round programming: the Armed with a Camera Fellowship Program for emerging media artists, the Digital Histories program for senior artists, a Media Development Fund for independent filmmakers, Fiscal Sponsorship, and C3: The Conference for Creative Content. VC is also home to the VC Archives, one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in America. We see media as a powerful tool to create and share meaningful perspectives, and our programs ensure that the AAPI community has access to the resources to tell their unique stories.
ARMED WITH A CAMERA
The Armed with Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists recruits, trains, and supports independent AAPI artists in their efforts to create artistically and culturally significant short films. Through a five-month program, the AWC Fellowship offers training, mentorship, and funding to up-and-coming artists to create new work that premieres at the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Established in 2002, the AWC Fellowship is open to promising AAPI media artists who demonstrate artistic innovation as well as a firm commitment to a career in the media arts. VC provides the resources for Fellows to create a five-minute short film, including a cash stipend, training workshops, mentoring from industry professionals, opportunities to collaborate with other Fellows, and access to equipment rentals and editing facilities. The Fellowship has produced new media works by emerging artists and provided artists with invaluable resources and exhibition opportunities.
The Digital Histories video production and digital storytelling program for senior citizens is designed for older generations to create and preserve visual stories to be passed down to younger generations, while contributing to the artistic expression and healthy lifestyles of seniors in our community. Their works consist of personal and place-based documentaries and other compelling narratives of people and communities and premiere at the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other festivals across the nation
VC acts as fiscal sponsor for numerous independent film projects and continues to be a resource for Asian American filmmakers in Los Angeles. Filmmakers may apply to VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS for non-profit sponsorship of their project.
THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
The annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) showcases important new work by established filmmakers, and supports local, emerging Los Angeles talent. The Festival takes place annually during the month of April as part a kickoff to Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has an annual audience of over 19,000 individuals in attendance at its screenings, educational seminars and artist talks, and other special events. For more information, visit our Festival site.
C3: The CONFERENCE FOR CREATIVE CONTENT
The Conference for Creative Content is a two-day media arts conference focused to provide our creative community a space for meaningful discourse on media and entertainment. With panel and seminar topics covering new media technologies, media platforms, distribution, C3 celebrates creativity and diversity through a forum with established pioneers in entertainment, academia, and professional guilds. Within this intimate space, it our goal to connect our aspiring and emerging content creators with creative individuals leading the charge.
The VC Archives serves as an integral part of our documentary-based production activities as we have documented various Asian American social movements and communities in California. Additionally, preserved films and videos were used for education and organizing work around setting up ethnic studies programs on local campuses, city redevelopment issues, the redress campaign for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. VC’s own past in all media, narrative films, documentaries and educational projects are intertwined with the Asian Pacific American movements of the 1970s, and in itself represents a rich resource of the Asian Pacific American movements for students, researchers, and filmmakers. To date, VC materials have been used in numerous films, videos, educational materials, publications, and major photographic exhibits across the United States.