New York Asian Film Festival
The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) was first held in 2002, growing out of the previous year's New York Korean Film Festival (which had, in turn, grown out of two year's of presenting Hong Kong retrospective film festivals). Programmed and operated by Subway Cinema, the festival generally features contemporary premieres and classic titles from Eastern Asia and Southeast Asia (particularly Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand), though South Asian cinema has also been represented via films from India and Pakistan. Genres favored by the festival tend toward Horror film, Gangster/Crime, Martial Arts, and Action.
Until 2007, the festival was held annually at the Anthology Film Archives and/or The ImaginAsian, usually around the end of June and early July. In 2007, the festival moved to the IFC Center and Japan Society, and in 2010, the Lincoln Center became the festival's primary home, though select screenings are also still held at the Japan Society, IFC Center, and Anthology Film Archives. The festival is famous among locals for its prize giveaways and eccentric movie introductions.
Starting in 2008, in addition to the Audience Award, the festival also handed out a Jury Prize.
Audience Award Winners
- 2002 - My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀) - South Korea
- 2003 - Ping Pong (ピンポン) - Japan
- 2004 - Please Teach Me English (영어완전정복) - South Korea
- 2005 - The Taste of Tea (茶の味) - Japan
- 2006 - Always: Sunset on Third Street (三丁目の夕日) - Japan
- 2007 - Memories of Matsuko (嫌われ松子の一生) - Japan
- 2008 - Fine, Totally Fine (全然大丈夫) - Japan
- 2009 - The Magic Hour (ザ・マジックアワー) - Japan
- 2010 - Gallants (Da Lui Toi 打擂台) - Hong Kong
Jury Award Winner
The founding members and founding festival Co-directors are Grady Hendrix, Paul Kazee, Brian Naas, Nat Olson and Goran Topalovic (who are also founding members of Subway Cinema). Nat Olson, Paul Kazee, and Brian Naas have left NYAFF in 2003, 2007, and 2008, respectively. Daniel Craft was admitted as a Co-director in 2003. Marc Walkow joined as a programmer in 2007 and became Festival Co-director in 2008.
- New York Asian Film Festival
- Kaiju Shakedown – Variety's Asian cinema blog, written by festival organizer Grady Hendrix (relaunched on Variety Asia - 2007).
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