The Asian American International Film Festival Encourages Filmmakers: ‘Challenge Us’Welcome to Behind the Fest, Backstage’s questionnaire series with film festival figures looking for that next big festival hit.
John Woo: The Asian American International Film Festival premiered in the summer of 1978 in New York City, answering a growing need for social understanding, cultural diversity in American life, and independent cinema.
While we started as a film festival, much of our programming aims to meet Asian diaspora storytellers wherever they are.
Woo: AAIFF largely bridges Asian American and Asian independent storytellers with U.S. industry market makers.
Something that is extremely important to us is the preservation and restoration of older independent Asian American film.