How to Buy Tickets

The 2008 Festival offers substantial discounts for advance purchases online or over the phone. We encourage all patrons to take advantage of these discounts by purchasing tickets early. Online/Phone sales for each day's screenings will be available until approximately 2 hours before the first screening of that day. After Online/Phone sales end, tickets will still be available at the door, but Advance Purchase discounts will no longer apply.

In addition, for the first time we are offering a VIP ALL ACCESS PASS ($99) that provides priority access to all film screenings including Opening and Closing Night and all other events. The total cost is a 50% discount from the ticket price of each individual event. We also offer passes for 5 or 10 films for those who may not be able to see all our screenings. These passes can be used for any screening except Opening or Closing Night and are a great buy.

Tickets for our events can be purchased at the door with cash at all venues. No checks will be accepted. Credit card payments will be accepted online for all events (Visa, MC, Discover, AMEX) or at the door for Opening Night (Amal) at Landmark's E Street Cinemas.

All sales are final. If you purchase tickets in advance, please be sure to pick them up at WILL CALL at least 10 minutes before the screening or they may be released to the Rush Line if the screening is sold out.


The festival offers substantial discounts for advance purchase tickets for all screenings. In addition, there are discounts available for Students and for Seniors 65 or older. Please bring a valid current Student ID to receive the discount. Seniors, please bring proof of age such as a driver's license. These discounts are available (and even greater) when purchased online, but remember to bring required ID or full price will be charged at the door. There are no discounts at the Door for Opening or Closing Night. Only advance purchase tickets for Opening or Closing receive a discount.

There is also a discount for Group Purchases of six or more tickets, only available online or via phone. Only the individual who purchased the tickets may pick them up at WILL CALL.


VIP All Access Festival Pass

  • Priority/Reserved Seating
  • Festival T-shirt (indicate size during order)
  • GIANT ROBOT magazine subscription
  • Admission to all festival screenings, parties and other events
10 Ticket Flex Pass

  • Choose any 10 screenings online (must be redeemed online)
  • Does not include Opening or Closing Night
  • Lowest cost available other than VIP Pass
5 Ticket Flex Pass

  • Choose any 5 screenings online (must be redeemed online)
  • Does not include Opening or Closing Night
  • Lowest cost available other than VIP Pass

Online Tickets

Because tickets for many screenings will sell quickly, patrons are advised to purchase tickets as early as possible--and this will get you your best discount. And the best way to ensure your seat is to purchase your tickets in advance via our online or phone ticket purchasing system. Online ticket sales for all programs except Opening Night will end approximately 2 hours before the first screening of that day. Check the festival schedule for a list of programs and their advance sale prices.

Phone Sales

Tickets for any of our paid screenings can be purchased over the phone through Brown Paper Tickets. Simply call 1-800-838-3006, press option #1. When you speak to the ticket representative, tell them the name of the film program you are trying to buy tickets for or mention "DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival" to choose from a number of programs.

Door Sales

For all of our paid programs, patrons may purchase tickets at the theater before the screening. Please note that the ticket prices for door sales will be higher than advance online tickets. We suggest that you arrive early to purchase tickets at the door.

Rush Tickets

Sold Out? Join the rush line! Even for "sold out" films, we can often accommodate many patrons just before showtime. Rush tickets are sold beginning fifteen minutes before showtime, outside the theater lobby. (Be aware that a line sometimes forms earlier than this.) Cash only, please - no checks or credit cards.

Free Programs

In addition to our paid programs, we offer several programs that are entirely FREE to the public. Tickets for Freer and Sackler Gallery screenings are distributed beginning one hour before start time.

Saturday, Sep 27th, 2008The Siamese Connection
Saturday, Sep 27th, 2008Long Story Short
Saturday, Sep 27th, 2008Santa Mesa

Press Accreditation

To apply for press accreditation please fill out the following form and email it to our Guest Services Coordinator, at jennifer[at]

Press Accreditation Form (doc)