New Asian Film and Media Series

Announcing the University of Pittsburgh's new Asian and Asian American film festival

Sharing Asia's On-Screen Arts with Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center--in collaboration with the Film Studies Program--is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Asian and Asian American film festival. The festival, which is set to premiere in September 2020, will continue the city’s tradition of bringing Asian arts, stories, and experiences to Southwestern Pennsylvania. With the festival and its corresponding year-round programming, we hope to expand Pittsburgh’s arts programming for students, long-time residents, people new to the area, and all of the diverse Asian communities from the region. We are also expanding our offerings beyond the festival, highlighting an array of screened artworks, including video and interactive theater.

More than a festival

Additionally, we will be educating future generations to become local programming and arts leaders. Our festival will be a broader educational opportunity to give students hands-on experience in developing, organizing, and running a film festival. Through our film festivals course, internships, and festival trips, we’ll get students participating in the industry. These events will connect students with Asian and Asian American filmmakers and producers. By learning with and from industry professionals, they can gain insight into the festival circuit and meet with diverse professionals from the industry.

Connecting with the Community

The Asian population is the fastest-growing demographic in Pittsburgh, and this growth is expected to continue over the next 10 years. The Asian Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies has cultivated strong partnerships with many of the Asian communities over the years through events on and off-campus. We hope to build upon our role as a cultural hub, reaching out to both new arrivals and established communities within our region.

How to support the project

We hope that you will continue to support Asian programming in Pittsburgh. For more information, please email or contact Kirsten Strayer at 412-383-8017.

Upcoming events

Monday, September 30, 2019, 4:15 PM, Room 407 CL. Screening of Nostalgia for the Future (2017). With Q&A by director Avijit Mukul Kishore.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 4:30, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Screening of Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing, 2018). With a conversation by Drs. Gao Minglu and Zhen Zhang .

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:30, Assembly Room, WPU. Talk and screening of the original Godzilla (Gojira (Ishuro Honda, 1954)). With William Tsutsui.

Monday, October 28, 2019, Location and Time TBA. Screening of Maineland ( Miao Wang, 2017). With workshop.