CAAMFest is back and more exciting than ever! Get in on the action early by scoring discounted early bird tickets to CAAMFest2017’s Opening Night, Closing Night, CAAMFeast, early bird All-Access Pass and CAAMFest opening+Gala and CAAMFeast combo tickets! With the festival a little over a month away, here’s a sampling of some of the exciting films and events you can expect this year.


Opening Night:


CAAMFest opens with the Bay Area premiere of Lena Khan’s first feature film, THE TIGER HUNTER. Join CAAM at the majestic Castro Theatre to experience the endearing and light-hearted story of Sami (Danny Pudi), a young Indian engineer who moves to America during the 1970s wave of South Asian immigration to gain wealth, live up to the notoriety of his legendary tiger-hunting father, and above all, win the favor of his childhood sweetheart Ruby. As reality hits and Sami quickly learns his dreams will be harder to achieve than he thought, Sami is forced to look inward and decide what kind of person he wants to be. Khan’s film is a testament to the immigrant experience, and the meaningful, invaluable contributions they make to American history and society.

Following THE TIGER HUNTER premiere, attendees, filmmakers and press will join CAAM at the beautiful Asian Art Museum for the Opening Night Gala. Guests will indulge in a cornucopia of food, drink, music, art and conversation about the many programs in the Festival while exploring the Museum’s newest fascinating exhibit, Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.

Pre‐sale Tickets (prices valid Jan. 24 – Feb. 8):

Screening + Gala
Thursday, Mar 9th, 2017 at 7pm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, CA
Gala at the Asian Art Museum

General Public: $60
CAAM Members: $50

(Price after Feb 8 for Screening + Gala: General Public: $65, CAAM Members: $55)




Closing Night:

Lim Ben and Alice Wong family standing L to R: sons Frank, Bill, Henry, Jimmy, George. Seated: Alice Wong, Lim Ben, daughter Nancy

Return to the Castro Theatre to see history mirror today’s politically-charged environment in CAAMFest 2017’s Closing Night Film and West Coast premiere of THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, the enlightening documentary directed by award-winning filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu. In this CAAM co-produced PBS film, Burns and Yu explore the causes, consequences, and continuing impact of the only federal legislation in United States history to single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship. THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT sheds light on American civil liberties, immigration, and culture. At its heart, the film is about American identity, a definition that continues to evolve in an ever-changing landscape.

Pre‐sale Tickets (prices valid Jan. 24 – Feb. 8):

Sunday, Mar 19th, 2017 at 7pm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, CA

General Public: $18
CAAM Members: $15

(Price after Feb 8 for Screening: General Public: $20, CAAM Members: $17)




CAAMFeast Awards: Stories, Food & You:

CAAMFeast17 Save the Date

Returning for its 4th year is the Annual CAAMFeast Awards: Stories, Food & You, a high-profile, multi-media awards ceremony celebrating Asian American culinary achievement at the stunning Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. CAAM is thrilled to honor Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ Taco Truck, LocoL, inspiration behind the 2014 film CHEF); artists and activists Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson and Saqib Keval of the People’s Kitchen Collective; and Chef’s Khai Duong (Khai, Ana Mandara), Lawrence Chu (Chef Chu’s) and Chris Yeo (Straits Restaurant) of the Asian Chefs Association, for their contributions to the Bay Area’s vibrant food culture.

This year’s CAAMFeast celebrates the chef’s and movement makers who express a sincere dedication to the concept of community. Their respective restaurants and projects have created greater access to healthy, affordable food, career development opportunities for youth and immersive community meals that nourish souls, feed minds and fuel movements. Each honoree offers a fresh and important perspective and serves as a catalyst for change and evolution in the Asian culinary community. This one-of-a-kind evening will commence with delectable tastings from award-winning restaurants, served alongside top-shelf cocktails courtesy of Remy Martin. Attendees will meet icons and game changers of the food world and watch exclusive film clips and moving honoree tributes. The exciting live auction will offer highly sought-after experiences such as gourmet dinners, one-of-a-kind tours and travel packages.

For full event details and updates, please visit the CAAMFeast page.

Pre‐sale tickets (price valid Jan. 24 – Feb. 8):

General Public: $175
VIP: $275

(Price after Feb 12: General Public: $200 VIP: $300)

Saturday, March 4, 2017
6-9 PM at The Green Room | San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
Cocktail Attire




CAAMFest All-Access Pass:

Capture everything that the Festival has to offer with the CAAMFest All‐Access pass. This is the ticket to Opening and Closing Night, Centerpiece, Directions in Sound music showcase, interactive panels and over 100 film screenings.

Pre‐sale Tickets  (price valid Jan. 24 – Feb. 8)

Pre‐sale for General Public: $475

CAAM Members: $425
(Price after Feb 12: General Public: $500, CAAM Members: $450)




Opening Night + Gala + CAAMFeast Awards Package

This year, we’re excited to offer an Opening Night Film + Gala and CAAMFeast Awards combo ticket. Receive $35 in savings when you purchase this combo pack to two of the most exciting events at festival!

Pre‐sale Tickets  (price valid Jan. 24 – Feb. 8)

Pre‐sale ticket: $200 ($35 in savings)*


*Package available on CAAMFeast ticketing page. Click buy tickets to find the “Discount Package with Opening Night Film and Gala” to purchase. 


  • JKP

    When will the full line-up be announced?