Dear AAAFF Family, 

As friends, supporters, and partners of the Austin Asian American Film Festival, we hope you are keeping safe and healthy during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts are heavy with the devastation that has already shaken our creative community and essential workers across all industries. 

Since the cancellation of SXSW, we have been monitoring the situation and communicating with our organizational peers throughout the nation. We have felt the effects and disruption of COVID-19, as well and decided upon a solution that will support our filmmaking community while providing you with the content and community connection for which you have come to know us. 

This year, the 12th Annual Austin Asian American Film Festival will be postponed until late November. In lieu of our original festival plans, our team is busy curating a virtual short films festival that will take place from June 11-17, 2020. Our commitment to the safety of our volunteers, audience, and creatives–along with the stark reality of the unfolding economic impact the pandemic closures will cause–have led us to make this decision. 

In closing, we want to address the racialization of the virus, which highlights the importance of our continued work in supporting Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) stories on screen. In response to this widespread issue, we have compiled a page of relevant resources for our community to use and share. These resources cover topics about how to fight the xenophobia AAPIs are facing in the wake of COVID-19, funding for our creative community, and where to view works by AAPI film creatives online. 

Keep in touch with us on our social media accounts or website, and stay tuned for more details on AAAFF’s next steps this year. Most importantly, join us as we continue to #washthehate and support our film community. 

With much gratitude,

Hanna Huang
Executive Director
Austin Asian American Film Festival