AAS Film Expo 2024 Call for Films
(Online Submission due October 6, 2023)

Established as an Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference program in 2011, the AAS Film Expo is curated and organized by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The AAS 2024 Annual Conference will take place from March 14-17 in Seattle, Washington.

Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia will be programmed and projected in a dedicated screening room Thursday through Saturday on conference dates. The film expo also offers an on-demand screening option to registered conference attendees unavailable for scheduled screening times. The on-demand option is only for those available on-site in Seattle. On-demand viewers will view the films using private links provided by the filmmakers/distributors valid from March 14 to March 18, 2024. Short Q&As and moderated conversations with filmmakers and film representatives may be scheduled as part of the film expo program.

All selected films are promoted in a special AAS Film Expo booklet distributed to conference attendees, listed in the print and digital AAS Annual Conference Program, the Conference Mobile App, as well as on the AAS and CEAPS websites.  

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 quality of the filmmaking. In considering your submission, please note that attendees viewing films may be seeking titles for research, classroom use or for their institutional libraries.

Approximately twenty to twenty-five films will be selected for screenings.

We look forward to receiving online submissions to present and promote films at the premier annual conference of Asia scholars in North America which offer impactful programming and networking opportunities for emerging research in diverse disciplines contributing to Asian Studies. 

For programming consideration in the 2024 Film Expo, please complete an ONLINE FILM SUBMISSION FORM below. Our selection committee reviews films through Vimeo, YouTube and secured website links accessible in North America.

Our film submission deadline: Friday, October 6, 2023. 

Please note:  

  • All film entries must have English subtitles to be considered.
  • We do not accept any films that have had scheduled screenings at past meetings.  
  • 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.
  • AAS does not offer financial support for filmmakers to attend the conference screenings.
  • Selected films will be required to submit 2 high quality promotional images, which may be uploaded at time of submission or acceptance confirmation.

If you have any questions, please address email correspondence with subject header "AAS Film Expo 2024 / NAME OF FILM" to ceaps@illinois.edu.

AAS Film Expo 2024 Online Film Submission Form