The winner of last year’s 626 Night Market Short Film Contest, Rommel Andaya, screened his winning short at the 32nd Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Film Fest on Monday, April 26th. “Friends” is an official selection of the #WeOwnThe8th Top 8 Short Film Program, starring Garrick Graham, Joy Regullano (White Fetish, I Won’t Miss You), Angie Kim (K-Town Cowboys, Spa Night), Steven Lim (One Lunch), and Priscilla Liang (Lilies, Bobalife).
Andaya enjoyed the experience of screening the short in front of a live audience: “To hear their reactions was priceless. This is something you can’t get from an online audience. I think they really enjoyed the film. Afterwards, I had a good time meeting new people and answering questions about my film. It was a great night!”
Based in Alhambra, California, the budding filmmaker finishes his graphic design certificate in December and hopes to produce a web feature and feature film. His past projects include a Netflix musical starring Harry Shum Jr. and Chrissa Sparkles . He also competes in the 48 hour film projects in San Diego and Los Angeles. Andaya’s dream people to work with are Steven Spielberg or Justin Lin.
His advice to aspiring filmmakers? “Make friends. Find people that are like minded. You can’t do this film thing alone. It’s always great to collaborate with other filmmakers and projects. You’ll learn a lot and meet new people. In the long run, you’ll bring together a group of devoted people that will support you and the stories that you want to tell.”
Produced by Visual Communications, LAAPFF has presented nearly 5,000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists since 1983, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema.
Watch “Friends” here: http://bit.ly/626NM-friends-2015
Look at the #WeOwnthe8th Program here: http://laapff.festpro.
Andaya’s page: www.rawmixproductions.com
Follow Andaya @RAWMIXpro and @rommelandaya