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Supporting Digital Media.

Providing Fellows and Staff for the Content of Tomorrow.

The A3 Foundation ensures talented Asian American artists have the resources they need to succeed in the competitive entertainment marketplace through providing funding, a network, and community.

We believe in investing in people — the artists behind the magic in both traditional and online media. This means increasing the number of writers who can create a diverse range of characters, casting directors who will be open to Asian American actors in non-explicitly Asian American roles, and experienced Asian American actors who are ready to take the roles.

Learn About Our Programs
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Supporting Independent Film.

The A3-Sundance Fellowship Program.

The A3-Sundance Fellowship is a unique partnership with the Sundance Institute to create opportunities for artists with an Asian American themed projects to participate in the prestigious Sundance Directors Lab and Screenwriters Lab Programs.

This is the first ever Asian American program established at Sundance, and was announced at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013.

Apply for A3-Sundance Fellowship

Who We Are.

Techies who are Passionate about Diversity In Media.

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The A3 Foundation was founded in 2012 by Philip Fung, Julia Lam, and Franklyn Chien, who were early Facebook employees, and met on a mission to make the world more social.

The three felt that they lacked role models in popular culture growing up due to the scarcity of Asian Americans in traditional U.S. media outlets while they were growing up, and set out to build the A3 Foundation to diversify and support new voices in American media, whether in traditional media — television and film — or via new online digital channels.

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A3’s Advisory Council includes:

  • Harry Shum, Jr (Actor, Glee)
  • Jon M. Chu (Director, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up series)
  • Konrad Ng (Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)
  • Bing Chen (Global Creator Development & Management Lead, YouTube)
  • Hieu Ho (Producer, LXD and President, DS2DIO)
  • Sheree Chang (International Business Development, Hulu)
  • Mynette Louie (Producer, Children of Invention, California Solo)
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Programs.

We invest in people.

We currently support two programs, the A3/Sundance Fellowship and A3 Fellows Program.

The A3/Sundance Fellowship

A3 has partnered with the Sundance Institute to create an artist fellowship for Asian Americans. Recipients of the A3 Sundance Fellowship will be able to participate in the highly coveted Sundance Directors Lab and Screenwriters Lab programs in order to develop hands-on skills and experience in their field.

The A3 Fellows Program

The A3 Fellows Program places emerging artists with seasoned artists to learn and grow. The fellowship consists of $10,000-$20,000 in funding, as well as mentorship from more established artists, and the opportunity to build your skillset and network.

Meet our Fellows!
This year at the A3 Foundation, we funded three fellows: Christopher Dinh, Jerome Villarin, and Samuel Bay.
Check out our Programs page to learn more about our A3 Fellows Program and learn what makes our Fellows tick.