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The Austin Asian American Film Festival

The Austin Asian American Film Festival returns this summer, presenting films by Asian Diasporic and American filmmakers; the full lineup of films to be announced in late May

(AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 14, 2024; source: Juice Consulting) – The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) returns to the AFS Cinema (located at 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752) this June 26 - 30, celebrating their 16th year of presenting films by Asian and American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) filmmakers.

The poster art this year was created by local Austin artist Tsz Kam, who seeks to reestablish a sense of belonging through their craft.


Kam’s work has been exhibited across Texas and their latest mural is part of Meow Wolf’s newest location in Grapevine, Texas.


Limited early bird badges are on sale now at a special price honoring AAAFF’s Sweet 16, you can purchase them on the AAAFF website. The full schedule of confirmed films for the festival will be announced in late May; further information on tickets, badges and more will be available via the AAAFF website.


AAAFF is also thrilled to announce that this year, the organization will be showcasing a 20-year history exhibit on view at The Austin History Center (located at 810 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701), until July 2.


The exhibit features photographs, previous posters and ephemera from years past documenting the true history of the Austin Asian American Film Festival.


For more information about this special archival display, you can see the Austin Public Library’s website.

“It’s been such an honor and privilege to oversee this year’s festival programming as the Artistic Director,” said Neha Aziz, AAAFF Artistic Director. “We’ve had new additions to the team and each and every person has been wonderful to work with and deeply essential to make the 2024 lineup


really special. Our program features films from new voices and alumni with subject matter ranging from loss to relationships to passion and perseverance.


There’s truly something for everyone and I’m excited to share it with our audiences.”


AAAFF, one of the preeminent AANHPI arts organizations in town, champions Asian and Asian American stories via media arts and empowers Asian Americans to explore opportunities in cinema.


This year’s opening night film on Wednesday, June 28 will be “New Wave” directed by Elizabeth Ai, a truly incredible work featuring Lynda Trang Đài who has dominated the nighttime entertainment scene performing for Paris by Night from Thuy Nga Productions. This year’s centerpiece film,


“Blue Sunshine” by Samyuktha Vijayan, screening on Friday, June 28, will be preceded by AAAFF’s annual Red Carpet Event. More details and official start time to come, interested media can RSVP here.


Finally, the closing night film of this year’s festival, to be screened on Sunday, June 30, will be “Ben and Suzanne: A Reunion in 4 Parts” directed by Shaun Seneviratne.


As mentioned above, the full lineup of feature films, shorts and pre/post-screening events will be announced later this month and will be available on the AAAFF website.


ABOUT AAAFF:


Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) produces programs that tell Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) stories through film, educates about AANHPI issues, and builds community through partnerships with creatives and other organizations.


AAAFF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit orga



nization and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. More information can be found at www.aaafilmfest.org.


MEDIA NOTE:

For interview requests or for general press inquiries, please contact the team at Juice Consulting:


Sophie Niles

512 636 4269


Tyler Ostby

210 854 9119

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