SAN FRANCISCO — The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has made the difficult decision of postponing CAAMFest 38, as the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak in the Bay Area continues to unfold.

In cancelling the popular Asian American festival of film, music, and food originally scheduled for May 14-24, CAAM will emphasize sharing storytelling through the organization’s other ongoing efforts, which may include increased broadcast or online programming.

“We are looking for ways to keep finding inspiration in the art of storytelling and to feel a little less alone, as we continue to connect with each other,” says festival director Masashi Niwano.

“The CAAM staff is also taking necessary precautions, working remotely to figure out ways to keep uplifting Asian American stories and to provide a much-needed sense of community during these trying days,” says Executive Director Stephen Gong.

CAAM will be working with city, state, and other public health authorities and consulting other arts and cultural groups to look into scheduling a film festival and other events later in 2020, as the situation allows. For more updates about CAAM events, visit

CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), is the world’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian film, food, and music programs.

CAAM, formerly the National Asian American Telecommunications Association, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing, and exhibiting works in film, television, and digital media.

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