The 37th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian Cinevision, will be running from July 24th to August 2nd in the infamously artistic and multicultural New York City. The festival will elaborate and expand upon numerous themes that are exceptionally relevant to the Asian and Asian-American experience. Both historical and contemporary topics such as labor, global justice, representation, and homecoming will be addressed. Contrastingly, special focus will be given to topics of universal human values including love, sex, resilience, and hope.
The festival’s lineup comprises of 18 feature films and 33 short films, originating from 21 different countries and regions. The films will feature artists such as Wu Tian-Ming, Christine Choy, and Raya Martin – all of whom are notable filmmakers within the industry. In addition, the documentary SOLD will be opening the festival; which is produced by British actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson, and directed by Academy and Emmy award winner Jeffrey Brown.
Finally, the AAIFF will feature the Asian American International Screenplay Competition reading, stop-motion animation workshops, musical events, and the 72-Hour Shootout – the latter of which will focus on cultural identity in relation to film, television, and pop culture as a whole.