A 10-day-long international film festival will raise its opening night curtains with the screening of Andrew Ahn’s Spa Night (2016).
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision, is the one of the biggest festivals in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans.
As a nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video arts, Asian CineVision (ACV) has presented AAIFF since 1978. Since then, AAIFF has become the first and longest running festival in the U.S. to showcase the best in independent Asian and Asian American cinema.
Each year, AAIFF attracts 6,000 to 8,000 visitors, featuring nearly 100 films and videos from over a dozen countries throughout the Asian Diaspora.
This year, from July 21- July 30, AAIFF will be presenting the best Asian American independent cinema at various venues in Manhattan and Flushing, Queens.
What’s noticeable about this year’s festival is the increased number of films featuring Korean-American and Korean actors and artists. This year, the festival will have its grand opening night screening Spa Night, Director Andrew Ahn’s debut film in which he shares the Korean-American immigration story with homage to Korean spas.
Starting with Spa Night, an exciting line-up of programs with films from countries all over Asia is awaiting for the audiences. In addition, a variety of special events including panels, workshops, post-screening receptions, and networking mixers will be held at AAIFF.
For more information about film line-up, schedule, and other, visit aaiff.org/2016.
By Heewon Kim