The Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest returns once again this year with its opening night on November 1, 2019 at the CinéArts in San Jose’s Santana Row. Organized by a team of volunteers, the SVAP FilmFest (formerly known as the San Jose J-Town FilmFest) has been running since 2015 and showcases independent films from the AAPI community. The 2019 lineup includes an array of award-winning shorts and feature-length films. From historical documentaries on important political figures like Norman Mineta and Mayor Ed Lee to comedies about the millennial dating scene, this year’s event will highlight a wide range of Asian-American stories. The night will also include Q&A sessions with the directors and producers of these films, giving audiences the chance to interact directly with the creators of these works.