CAPE Receives Grants from Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the LA County Arts Commission

Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for your continued support of CAPE!

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HFPA recently honored CAPE with a grant to support our signature program, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship. CAPE’s award was announced at the August 4th Grants Banquet, where Master of Ceremonies Jamie Lee Curtis, Christian Slater, Justin Timberlake, Renee Zellwegger, and many other stars announced the grant awards. Special thanks to the HFPA board, Ruben Nepales, Janet Nepales, all the HFPA members, and grants officer Sandra Cuneo for making this possible.

Additionally, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission awarded CAPE a capacity building grant that helps CAPE continue to offer our programs. Special thanks to the Arts Commission board, Rosalyn Escobar, and Laura Guerrero-Nieto.

Thanks to the generous support of these organizations, CAPE is able to continue offering programs to further our mission.

HBO Launches First APA Short Film Competition

HBO announces the launch of HBO ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN VISIONARIES, a short film competition dedicated to showcasing emerging APA directors with unique perspectives of the Asian Pacific American experience. Three winning films will be awarded cash prizes, premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in April 2017, and offered the opportunity to license their film to premiere exclusively on HBO (and/or its on-demand, digital, or social platforms) during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2017.

The judging panel will consist of HBO executives and a panel of industry experts, including representatives from CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. “This competition aligns directly with our organization’s mission to champion AAPI filmmakers and artists,” said CAPE Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara. “We are proud to work with HBO to identify and empower new voices in the community.” CAPE also partners with HBO for the CAPE New Writers Fellowship.

The deadline for entries is November 7, 2016. Complete details can be found online.

#IAm Campaign: Facebook Live Q&A with Lea Salonga


CAPE is excited to have the legendary Lea Salonga part of our 2016 #IAm Campaign. Tune in to CAPE’s Facebook page on Monday, August 22 at 6pm PDT. Start asking her your questions now!

The Tony Award-winning actress and singer is best known for her roles in musical theater, winning multiple awards for her portrayal of Kim in MISS SAIGON. Salonga was also the first actress of Asian descent to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical LES MISÉRABLES on Broadway. She also provided the singing voices of two official Disney Princesses: Jasmine in ALADDIN and Fa Mulan in MULAN. She has played numerous other stage, film, and TV roles in the US, the Philippines, and elsewhere. She has toured widely in the title of CINDERELLA, among other roles, and as a concert artist. From 2015 to 2016, she returned to Broadway in ALLEGIANCE alongside George Takei. Salonga is currently in the Philippines, starring in the first international production of FUN HOME, the 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical.