Asian American International Film FestivalAugust 3rd - 13th, 2022
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

Daniel Chen
Philip Lam
Judy Lei
Cecilia R. Mejia
Wynn Salisch
John Woo


ACV Executive Director
ACV Associate Director – Head of Partnerships
ACV Programs/Festival Director

John Woo
Eunice Chen
Kayla Wong

Development & Community Partners

Development Manager
Associate Development Managers

Taha Long
Betty Chen
Young Chen

Legal Manager

Catherine Gumarin

Marketing & Public Relations

Marketing Manager

Amie Song

Email Marketing Lead
Email Marketing Coordinator

Jessina Wong
Susanne Wong

PR Lead
PR Coordinators

Social Media Coordinator

Anna Fong
Amanda La
Manykhoth Thosy
Sowang Kundeling


Operations Manager
HR Manager
Administrative Manager

Operations/Box Office Consultant
Production Consultant

Elizabeth Bigelow
Beryl Lin
Christopher Gultiano

David Rances
Beau Blumenthal

Operations Associates

Box Office Coordinator
Print Traffic Coordinator

Cailin Chang
David Wu
Shuyuan Liu
Michael Mejia

Production Manager
Production Assistants

Broadcast Technician
Broadcast Technician
Broadcast Technician

Emily Walker
Andrew Park
Fred Seo
Vincy Chan
Michelle Pham
Vincent Tsang

Venue Manager
Events Manager
Events Coordinator
Events Assistant

Tiffany Bai
Yu Hai Shen
Claire Yoo
Clara Cheung

Hospitality Coordinators

Brian Lau
Isabella Nicdao


Lead Designer

Harmonie Tsai

Graphic Designers

Motion Graphic Designers

Hannah Rose Cooper
Natalie Romdenne
Shing-Hay Wong

Suejee Lee
Siwen “Candy” Sui

Lead Software Engineer
Web Developer

UX Design Consultant
UX Designer

Dennis Hu
Andy Do

Arnold Bustamante
Marek Matthew Getter

Video Editor

Yena Oh


Programming Co-Managers

Programming Consultant
Programming Assistant

Kris Montello
Annie Ning
Wynton Wong
Helen Bui

Festival Film Programmers

Milisa Burke
Joy Jihyun Jeong
Craig Nisperos
Harsh Pundit

New Media Programmers

David Koh
Hai-Li Kong

Screeners Committee


Suejee Lee
Isabella Nicdao
Elyse Wang


Managing Editor

Staff Writers

Demi Guo

Nathan Liu

CineVue Contributors

Kyubin Kim
Jeremy Lim
Huizhu (Lulu) Pan
Aditya (Deets) Sharma
Kano Umezaki