The annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is produced by Asian CineVision (ACV), a nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, promotion and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video. In 2011, AAIFF celebrates its 34th year. The nation's longest-running festival of its kind, AAIFF is a leading showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American film and video.
The AAIFF was born in the seminal New York summer of 1977, a program of 46 short films and videos from across the U.S. fulfilled a growing need for social understanding, cultural diversity in American, and independent cinema. Thirty-four years later, the AAIFF has grown to include films from more than 30 countries, a variety of topical panels and workshops, industry mixers, staged readings, exclusive interviews, receptions and more.