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New Media Exhibition - Asian American International Film Festival

Deadline: 24/06/2022  |  Published: 16/05/2022  |  City: Virtual Exhibition, New York City  |  Country: United States  |  Asian American International Film Festival

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Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is looking for new media pieces for the 45th edition of the festival this Summer on the theme of "Celebrating the Retrospective". This year's theme considers the archive: How can archives be activated by artists with today’s technology? How can engaging with past material teach us about the present and future? Our aim is to draw out dialogue across generations of artists and activists in the AAPI community.

INTRODUCTION TO AAIFF

Established in 1978 by Asian CineVision*, Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is the nation’s first and longest running festival of its kind and the premier showcase for the best independent Asian, Asian diaspora and Pacific Islander cinema. The first annual AAIFF opened in 1978 at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City’s Lower East Side. Since then, AAIFF has screened films from all over the world, representing 20-plus countries. AAIFF is committed to film and media as a tool for social change and to supporting diversity and inclusion in the media arts. 

While primarily known as a film festival hosting shorts and features, AAIFF is branching out to include new media pieces. In 2021, AAIFF programmed its first Interactive Showcase which featured VR pieces, AR walking tours, and interactive websites. This year, we aim to expand on our new media programming with a dedicated virtual gallery space with our partner, Parallux

This year, AAIFF will take place August 3-13, 2022.

*Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and enthusiasts of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital. 

2022 THEME

As AAIFF celebrates its 45th anniversary, we take a look back at where things all started for us — a collection of Asian American print publications in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. These rare and critical journalistic articles, newsreels, and interviews provide valuable insight into the Asian American perspective over the years. Flipping through these pages, we were struck by how much has changed, yet also stayed the same. Nam June Paik lamenting misinformation increasingly spread via information technology. Stephen Ning working to create more Asian American roles in narrative films. People protesting against racist NYC subway ads.

Inspired by these threads across time, this year's theme is “Celebrating the Retrospective”. 

“Celebrating the Retrospective” considers the archive: How can the archive be activated by artists with today’s technology? How can engaging with past material teach us about the present, and even the future? In considering the archive, we aim to draw out and elevate dialogue across generations of artists and community activists in the AAPI community. 

SUBMISSION ASKS

We are looking for pieces that engage with the archive. It could be a direct engagement with Asian Cinevision’s public archival material, other AAPI archival material, or theoretically engaging with the idea of archive writ large. 

We are looking for new media pieces (including but not limited to VR, digital sculptures, interactive websites), or images/short films that can live well in a virtual space. 

Deadline: June 24th

For more information, visit our websites and social media:

www.asiancinevision.org

www.aaiff.org

@asiancinevision

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Individuals or groups with at least one person of Asian descent from any nationality. Works on the theme of archive and represent the Asian diaspora experience. Pieces must be completed and/or released after January 1st, 2020.
When is the deadline?
June 24, 2022
How much does it cost?
Submission is free.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Selected artists will be promoted as part of the new media category of the Asian American International Film Festival.
What kind of artworks are you looking for?
We are looking for new media / digital artworks. Artworks will be exhibited in a virtual gallery space so works that are in a medium more suited for virtual exhibition is preferred.
Where is the exhibition?
The new media category of the Asian American International Film Festival will be exhibited in a dedicated virtual 3D gallery space during the festival August 3rd-13th. The film festival itself will be a hybrid this year (part in-person, part online) with the in-person screenings and events happening in New York City.

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