The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has announced the top films that screened this year, with the Best Narrative Feature title going to my own personal favorite -- Suzi Yoonessi's Dear Lemon Lima. I could see Lima doing well in theaters; quirky and cute but less annoying and overhyped than Juno-esque indies that seem to rake in box office dollars and Oscar nods. Plus, the Native Alaskan/multiculturalism/mixed race identity lens gives the film real purpose without hitting anyone over the head with overwrought messages of diversity.
Other honorees include Gerry Balasta's The Mountain Thief which won the Special Jury Award, Kit Hui's Fog for Visual Achievement, and Stephanie Wang-Breal's Wo Ai Ni Mommy for Best Documentary Feature.
The Comcast Audience Award recognized Arvin Chen's Au Revoir Taipei for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature this year was a tie between Deann Borshay Liem's In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee and S. Leo Chiang's A Village Called Versailles.
Congrats to all films that screened this year and to the 2010 award winners. Check out CAAM's detailed awards info on their website.