We’ve dropped some hints about it, but felt a louder shout was called for: we’re totally going to be at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival!
That’s right: Asian Crush is proud to announce its sponsorship of NYAFF 2016, which finds the festival celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Started as a wee independent festival put up at the Anthology Film Archive, the New York Asian Film Festival steadily grew – eventually partnering with the Film Society at Lincoln Center – and has since become one of the largest Asian film festivals in the country. Last year, the festival boasted “54 feature films, including 2 World Premieres, 3 International Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, 5 U.S. Premieres, and 12 New York City debuts.”
At the moment, 15 movies have been announced as part of the festival’s showcase lineup, 15 FOR 15: THE COOL, THE CRAZY, THE CORRUPT. According to the festival, this bold series collects “the 15 key titles that shape the themes of our 15th anniversary edition.” Of course, NYAFF being NYAFF, the 15 titles chosen say a lot about the festival’s attitude, which is often as grungy as it is elegant, with a pointed disdain for the propriety paraded by most other organizers. It’s the kind of festival that’s happy to put together a program with several cutting examinations of societal failures, but also Hentai Kamen 2.
The festival has also become a major destination for Asian stars to get international attention. This year will be no exception, with three actors already announced as recipients of this year’s Screen International Rising Star Asian awards: Japan’s Go Ayano, China’s Jelly Lin, and the Philippines’ Teri Malvar. The award, which aims to recognize new talent in the industry, has been given to the likes of Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido in years past.
Expect a lot more news as the festival draws nearer. As festival director Samuel Jamier explains his philosophy for the event, “Bigger isn’t better; better is better. While maintaining a focus on quality, we’re putting our energies into promoting each film, so that they have a life after the festival. We have a larger lineup of exciting guests booked, including Asian stars who are joining us for our anniversary celebration.”
Stay tuned for more updated as the festival approaches. We’ll be sure to let you in on any breaking developments, hot tips, or secret screenings – which may or may not be a thing. Who knows? They’re secret!