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The 43rd Asian American Inter'l Film Festival!

October 1 – October 11, 2020

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience.

Asian CineVision is excited to announce that the 43rd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF43) will take place October 1st-11th, 2020, in an entirely online format for the very first time! This is a challenging year for everyone, and we find it more important than ever to provide a space for critical reflection. After meticulous research and discussion, our Board and staff has decided that shifting to an online festival is the best and most accessible way to celebrate the power of cinema while keeping our audience, staff, and artists safe.

Though there’s a certain magic that can only exist within an in-person festival, we are excited for the opportunity to bring the conversation to a broader audience, and to explore new ways to experience Asian diaspora storytelling. Our programming has always worked to push boundaries, empower marginalized voices, and spark a dialogue. We will continue to do so uncompromisingly for AAIFF43.

Every day of the festival will feature over 3 hours of live-streamed panels, Q&As, and
performances, all accessible as pay-as-you-wish programs. Highlights include a conversation
with director Andrew Ahn and the cast of DRIVEWAYS, and a Filipino Filmmaker Roundtable to
kick-off Filipino American History Month. The festival also introduces a two-part conversational
series on the urgent issue of anti-racism in storytelling – Anti-Racism: Storytelling in
Education and Awareness and Online Activism Campaigns.

Two special events celebrating the various forms of storytelling make a return this year. Music
Night Out interweaves musical performances and our official music video selection to highlight
the collaboration of API musicians and filmmakers, while Comedy Night offers performances by
top API stand-up and sketch comedians.