2018 CUNY Asian American
Film Festival

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018     Time: 6PM to 8PM

Place: CUNY Graduate Center - Martin E. Segal Theatre
365 Fifth Avenue (Corner of 34th Street), Manhattan

Since 2004, the CUNY Asian American Film Festival (AAFF) has recognized and awarded over $11,400 in cash prizes to student filmmakers enrolled at the City University of New York, including City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, College of Staten Island, and Queens College. The CUNY AAFF helps to promote the artistic visual talents and stimulate communication among CUNY students who are separated by the different campuses, and serve as a central location to display their creative works. Past participants have also had their films screened at the Asian American International Film Festival.

On the evening of the Festival, all winners and runner-ups will remain anonymous until after a screening of selected films that have been reviewed by our distinguished panel of judges. Following the screening will be an award ceremony and Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Winner ($250, sponsored by ConEd) and runner-up ($100) prizes will be awarded for each of the following categories: Fiction | Documentary

AAARI encourages all currently enrolled (or recently graduated in Spring/Fall 2017) CUNY undergraduate and graduate students, Asian and non-Asian, to participate in this great opportunity.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Form
Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018

Person submitting must be a currently enrolled CUNY undergraduate or graduate student, or recently graduated in Spring/Fall 2017. (Copy of CUNY College ID and current semester's class schedule is required.)

Film must satisfy any one of the following criteria:

  • Production involving at least one CUNY Asian personnel - Director, Producer, Writer, or Editor
  • Asian American / Asian theme or narrative

Entry must be received by mail, or delivered in person, no later than 5PM on Monday, April 30, 2018. Anything received afterwards will not be accepted.

Submit all work to:

Asian American / Asian Research Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1000, New York, NY 10036
Attn: 2018 CUNY AAFF

Submitter, or their authorized representative, must be available to attend (or send a representative) the Festival on May 25, 2018, or else they will forfeit their cash award prize.

All submission must meet the following requirements:

  • 30 second to 1 minute trailer for film

  • Submission and trailer must be in downloadable digital format  (H.264, 4:3 or 16.9 ratio, 256kps AAC), and sent via film sharing service, ie. wetransfer.com

  • E-mail film film download link and description to wtam@aaari.info

  • Film length is limited to: (We reserve the rights to reject the screening of film due to length.)

- 30 minutes for Documentary
- 30 minutes for Fiction

  • Submission must include the following title slates:

1) 5 Second Black Video
2) “2018 CUNY Asian American Film Festival”, Title of film, Category, Running Time (Title Slate for Download)
3) Must include credits of all individuals working on the project.

Limit of one entry per person. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form. Missing material will result in disqualification.




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2018 Film Festival

Festival Program

Festival Chairman
Ryoya Terao

Panel of Judges
Patrick Chen
Sarita Khurana
Russell Leong
Vinit Parmar
Ryoya Terao
Nadine Truong
Jennifer Betit Yen

William Tam

Technical Assistance
Antony Wong
Zhu-Hui Wu


Festival Archive

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Asian American / Asian Research Institute 2018

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