AAS 2020 Call for Films and Film Expo

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The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually hosts the premier North American conference of Asia scholars devoted to scheduled programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in research and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general. The upcoming AAS conference is scheduled on March 19-22, 2020 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

AAS Film Expo was established as a conference program in 2011 by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS), a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia are projected in a dedicated screening room with a schedule running from Thursday through Saturday. An “on demand” screening area allows additional viewing opportunities for attendees who miss scheduled screening times.

We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work. All films presented in the conference are promoted in a special AAS Film Expo booklet which includes contact information for distributors or filmmakers who self-distribute. In addition to the Film Expo booklet distributed to conference attendees, film listings are included in the AAS Annual Conference Program Addendum and on the AEMS website: http://aems.illinois.edu. When possible, short post-screening Q&A’s are arranged with filmmakers or film representatives in attendance or via online video conferencing. We can not offer funding to attend the screening.

For programming consideration in AAS Film Expo 2020, please complete the submission form below, one for each film title submitted. WE NOW ACCEPT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS. We will review films via secure Vimeo or YouTube, or via transfer of a digital file. If submitting by mail, we request TWO DVD/BLURAY COPIES of each film. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by November 15, 2019.

We do not accept any films that have had scheduled screenings at past meetings.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please feel free to forward this call for films to any party you believe may be interested! 

Please view the online submission form for further details: http://go.illinois.edu/aas2020films