Director Diane Paragas, of the film Yellow Rose at AAIFF42 Opening Night at Asia Society NYC. Photo by Reiko Yanagi


Established in 1978 by Asian CineVision, the Asian American International Film Festival is the nation’s first and longest running festival of its kind and the premier showcase for the best independent Asian, Asian diaspora and Pacific Islander cinema. AAIFF is committed to film and media as a tool for social change and to supporting diversity and inclusion in the media arts.

Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) 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 enthusiasts of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital. 


The first annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) opened in 1978 at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City’s Lower East Side. Since then, AAIFF has screened films from all over the world, representing 20-plus countries. 

AAIFF has provided the U.S. premieres of acclaimed film directors including Wayne Wang, Mira Nair, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, and Ang Lee. We’ve hosted films from well-known filmmakers to emerging artists. Even as it has grown in size, AAIFF remains true to its core mission of representing stories and storytellers from the Asian diaspora. Join us, this year, as we bring these powerful stories to the screens in your home in our first online edition of the film festival.

Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Junior Board

John Woo
Philip Lam
Daniel Chen
Jackie McCaffrey
Wynn Salisch
Judy Lei

Executive Director
Festival Director
Associate Director

John Woo
Kayla Wong
Eunice Chen

Grant Consultant
Legal Consultant

Shana Bhattacharya
Evan Lin


Sponsorship Coordinators

Alice Zhang
Wylie Cheung
Yooyeon Shim

Community Engagement Coordinators

Chris Long
Jennifer Lo


Communications Manager
Branding Consultant

Keunrak “K-Rock” Kang
Shefali Lohia

Publicity Coordinators

Wan-Ling Yu
Beryl Liu
Yichen Qu

Social Media Lead
Social Media Coordinators

Charissa Isidro
Murielle Hsieh
Diana Xu

Email Marketing Lead

Jessina Wong

Copy Chief
Copy Editors

Editorial Coordinator

Irene Park
Jessica Chen
Allison Hsu
Raymond Mei


Senior Operations Manager
Administrative Manager
HR Manager

David Rances
Christopher Gultiano
Beryl Lin

Operations Associates

Jenny Ha
Anna Sang

Production Manager

Beau Blumenthal


Creative Manager

Nancy Choi

Lead Designer
Graphic Designers

Harmonie Tsai
Jamie Soohoo
Shing-Hay Wong
Ben Dumond

Sr Software Engineer
Software Engineer
Web Developer
UX Designer

Dennis Hu
Rafiluis De Los Santos
Alex Wen
Arnold Bustamante

Video Lead
Video Editor

Brett Kodama
Andy Do
Qian Li


Programming Manager
National Tour Coordinator

Wynton Wong
Jame Qiu

Features Programmer
Documentary Programmer
Shorts Programmers

Kris Montello
Elyse Wang
Milisa Burke
Chloe Lee
Wey Lin
Tara Dorje
Annie Ning

Events Programmers

Shannon Urabe
Pulkit Datta

Programming Assistants

Thanmye Lagudu
Brian Lau
Katie Do

Pop-Up Market Coordinators

Brett Kodama
Kelsey Chin


Managing Editor
Staff Writer

Michelle Ahn
Saiya Floyd
Demi Guo

CineVue Contributor

Nathan Liu
Huizhu Lulu Pan
Kano Umezaki
Jeremy Lim