Due to the COVID-19 pandemic AAIFF43 will be postponed to the fall. Exact dates will be decided under the guidance of medical professionals. We have also extended our deadlines. Our full statement here (

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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. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.
Films submitted and screened at the festival are eligible to participate in our National Tour program, bringing Asian diaspora stories to broader audiences across North America through a rental service for cultural and educational institutions.

AAIFF awards include:

Jury Presented Awards:

•Emerging Director in Narrative Feature
•Directors screening their first or second narrative feature film projects are eligible for this award.
•Emerging Director in Documentary Feature
•Directors screening their first or second narrative documentary film projects are eligible for this award.
•Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking
•Excellence in Documentary Short Filmmaking
•One to Watch Youth Filmmaker
•Projects submitted by filmmakers under the age of 21 are eligible for this award.
•Asian American International Screenplay Competition (AAISC)
•Excellence in Music Videos
•Excellence in Digital/Episodic

By Audience Votes:
• Audience Award: Narrative Feature
• Audience Award: Documentary Feature
• Audience Award: Narrative Short
• Audience Award: Documentary Short

Additionally, AAIFF presents The Asian American Media Award and the Asian Media Humanitarian Award to those who have contributed significantly to Asian American media. Since its inception in 1987, recipients have included:

Wayne Wang (1987); Loni Dong (1988); Christine Choy (1989), James Yee (1990), Steven Okazaki (1991); Mira Nair (1992), Ang Lee (1993); Joan Chen (1994); Kayo Hatta and Freida Lee Mock (1995), Russell Wong (1996); Jessica Yu and Arthur Dong (1997), Michelle Yeoh (1998); Sammo Hung (1999); Andy Lau (2000); Tamlyn Tomita (2001); Marilou Diaz-Abaya (2002); Jet Li and Maggie Cheung (2005); Janet Yang (2012); Kara Wai (2016); and Justin Chon (2017).

Eligible projects include:
•Completed submissions that have at least one person of Asian descent from any nationality in a key creative role i.e. Director, Writer, Producer, DP,etc.
•Completed submissions that represents the Asian diaspora experience.

People of Asian descent includes but is not limited to people from and are descended from areas now known as Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Russia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, and the Pacific Islands

Submissions must be completed after January 1, 2019. With the exception of projects submitted to the Works-in-Progress category.

Each entry must be clearly labeled with: director's name, work title, total running time, country of origin, FilmFreeway tracking number.

All applicants will be notified by email June 1st, 2020.

You must contact us immediately if you want to withdraw your work from our consideration

The festival does not pay screening fees.

AAIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless AAIFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • C.J. Arellano

    I was honored to win the 43rd Asian-American International Film Fest's Screenplay Competition. The virtual table read was so well produced and directed. The fest was so supportive and enthusiastic about this project. Their communication throughout the process was clear, friendly, professional, and consistent. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!!

    October 2020
  • Catherine Ricafort

    I had a great time being part of AAIFF for the first time! They were extremely welcoming and were great communicators, and they did a fantastic job continuing to go all out this year despite Covid. The film festival and the people who were part of it were such a highlight of my year!

    October 2020
  • Baldwin Chiu

    What a crazy year. For AAIFF to do everything they could to make a virtual festival work, was amazing. They went all out and we only wish we could have had a live experience. This year has been terrible for filmmakers, but knowing there are festivals and volunteers like the ones at AAIFF, makes things a little bit brighter. Hope we can come out in the future an participate live.

    October 2020
  • Really loved this festival! I felt really welcome as a young first-time female filmmaker, and the staff were really kind and helpful.

    October 2020
  • Veronica Dang

    Loved this festival and staff. Highly recommend.

    November 2019