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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.

Since 2011, the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) has organized for the conference the AAS Film Expo. During the conference, films are projected in a dedicated screening room with a schedule running from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. In 2013, we are providing an additional “on demand” screening area, allowing greater viewing opportunities for attendees who miss scheduled screening times.

The selection process for the conference screenings starts in the Fall when AEMS puts out a call for Asia related films produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Criteria utilized in the selection process includes timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work. All films presented in the conference are listed in both the AAS Annual Meeting Program Addendum and in an AAS Film Expo booklet brochure distributed at the conference that includes contact information for the film distributors / independent filmmakers.

When possible, films are accompanied by a short Q&A with the filmmaker or film representative, in person or online. Approximately twenty-five to thirty films are selected annually for AAS Film Expo.

For films presented in the AAS film expo, AAS does not pay rental or royalty fees, nor does it charge filmmakers or distributors for publicity and exposure, and considers this program of mutual benefit to both the filmmakers, distributors and AAS members.


AAS Film Expo - Program Information

AAS Film Expo 2019: Living Asia, Shifting Ecologies
Thursday, March 21 - Saturday, March 23
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado

2019 AAS Film Expo


AAS Film Expo 2018: Remembered Asia, Transformed Futures
Thursday, March 22 - Saturday, March 24
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

2018 AAS Film Expo


AAS Film Expo 2017: Asia in Parallel Vision
Thursday, March 16 - Saturday, March 18
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON

2017 AAS Film Expo


AAS Film Expo 2016: Enduring Action, Frontline Asia
Thursday, March 31 - Saturday, April 2
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

2016 AAS Film Expo


AAS Film Expo 2015: Fleeting Past, Present Asia
Thursday, March 26 - Saturday, March 28
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, IL

2015 AAS Film Expo


AAS Film Expo 2014: Expanding Asia, Connecting Culture
Thursday, March 27 - Saturday, March 29
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA

AAS 2014


AAS Film Expo 2013: Extraordinary Lives, Everyday Asia
Thursday, March 21 - Saturday, March 23
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

AAS Film Expo 2013


AAS Film Expo 2012: Asia in Current Motion
Thursday, March 15 - Saturday, March 17
Sheraton Centre Toronto

AAS 2012 Image Link


AAS / ICAS Film Expo 2011: Seeing Asia Eye to Eye
Thursday, March 31- Saturday, April 2
Hawai'i Convention Center, Honolulu

AAS 2011 Image Link







Last Updated May 19, 2016.

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