Reel in the Vote is a non-partisan PSA contest and campaign to generate awareness, excitement, and dialogue to get more Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) and independent voters out to the polls this year. Reel in the Vote has been made possible through a major grant from the California Independent Voter Project and additional support from CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment).

30-Second Video Contest

If you have access to a video camera and a great idea, here's your chance to make a difference and win cash plus an all-expense paid trip to the San Diego Asian Film Festival! It's up to you to create the most entertaining and engaging 30-second videos that promote voter registration in the APIA community. This competition is free and open to anyone. Deadline is August 31. Click  "Read More" for videos and rules. For inspiration, here are two Reel in the Vote videos by filmmakers H.P Mendoza and Karen Lin. (These videos will not be in competition.)

H.P. Mendoza:

Karen Lin:

Contest Prizes and Rules The top three videos will be selected to screen throughout our October film festival in front of thousands of attendees. San Diego Asian Film Festival will provide travel and lodging to the makers of each of the top three videos to attend the opening weekend of the film festival (October 21-23). A live audience will choose the top winner at our Gala Awards Dinner, October 23, who will be awarded a minimum $1000 prize, two runner ups receive $250 each. Videos must be exactly 30 seconds in length. Deadline is August 31. For more information: