Film Expo

The Call for Films is now closed. The selected films will post here in February.

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 UrbanaChampaign. 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: 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.

In considering your film submissions, please note that many attendees viewing films are seeking documentaries for classroom use or for their institutional libraries. Thus, films the length of a typical class period (40 minutes or less), or which have segments the length of a class period, are encouraged, but are by no means necessary. Approximately twenty five films will be selected for screenings.

For programming consideration in AAS Film Expo 2020, please complete and return the attached submission form, 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. Promotional images at 300dpi-600dpi will be required for all selected films. Two to three images may be included at time of submission.

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

Please note: AAS does not pay rental or royalty fees, nor does it charge you for publicity and exposure. AAS considers this program of mutual benefit to both you and our members.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please feel free to email or call with any questions. Again, submissions must be emailed or postmarked by November 15, 2019. We aim to have the selection process to be completed by January 10, 2020.

CONTACT: Jason Finkelman | Asian Educational Media Service | | 217-265-0640