The Festival Has Been Postponed

April 5, 2020

To ACV’s Friends and Supporters,

After much deliberation between our Board, staff, and community members, Asian CineVision formally announces the postponement of the 43rd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF43). New dates in autumn will be decided within the next couple months; please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

Although the original dates (July 30th – August 8th) are well over three months away, we find it crucial to adapt to the ongoing situation and impact of COVID-19. We aim to comply with the recommended CDC social distancing guidelines and as a result, the Board and staff are revising our approach to our annual film festival.

Currently, we are working together with fellow AAPI film festivals and cultural groups to research and prepare a secure, accessible, and forward-thinking solution. This may likely come in the form of a virtual and/or scaled-down festival. Throughout this planning phase, we will consult with our submitted filmmakers and community partners to ensure we fulfill our mission.  

Having said this, our submission deadline is now extended through April 24 for filmmakers with festival circuit plans disrupted by COVID-19. Please review our eligibility guidelines and categories on FilmFreeway, and then email submissions@asiancinevision for a deadline waiver+discount code that will reduce fees to Regular Deadline pricing.

Though we face a time of uncertainty, there is one thing we do know: ACV will continue to stay committed to this community, as it has for the past 45 years. We’ve watched as a new productivity has surged through API storytellers; how can we take this energy and continue to move us forward? The dialogue that we have started is important and there is still so much to say.

Let’s stay safe. We still need to hear your story.

Team ACV

P.S. As we do our part by quarantining ourselves, let’s stay social! ACV’s year-round programming is also shifting to online-optimized experiences. Social Watch Parties, teach-in sessions, and panels will all be announced on our social media channels as they develop