New York Asian Film Festival

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New York Asian Film Festival
NYAFF logo 2013.jpg
Location New York, New York
Language International

The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) was first held in 2002, growing out of the previous year's New York Korean Film Festival (which, in turn, was born from two previous year's of presenting Hong Kong retrospective film festivals). Programmed and operated by Subway Cinema, the festival generally features contemporary premieres and classic titles from Eastern Asia and Southeast Asia (particularly Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand), though South Asian cinema has also been represented via films from India and Pakistan. Genres favored by the festival tend toward Horror film, Gangster/Crime, Martial Arts, and Action.

Until 2007, the festival was held annually at the Anthology Film Archives and/or The ImaginAsian, usually around the end of June and early July. In 2007, the festival moved to the IFC Center and Japan Society, and in 2010, the Lincoln Center became the festival's primary home, though select screenings are also still held at the Japan Society, IFC Center, and Anthology Film Archives. The festival is famous among locals for its prize giveaways and eccentric movie introductions.

Starting in 2008, in addition to the Audience Award, the festival also handed out a Jury Prize.

In 2013 the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema was added in memory of the festival's late director and treasurer.


On October 16, 2012, Grady Hendrix was a guest speaker at the George Washington University Jack Morton Auditorium, where he presented a humorous lecture about K-pop and the New York Asian Film Festival.[1] The Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, organized and sponsored the event.[1]

Audience Award Winners[edit]

Year Title Original Title Country Director
2002 My Sassy Girl 엽기적인 그녀  South Korea Kwak Jae-yong
2003 Ping Pong ピンポン  Japan Fumihiko Sori
2004 Please Teach Me English 영어완전정복  South Korea Kim Sung-su
2005 The Taste of Tea 茶の味  Japan Katsuhito Ishii
2006 Always: Sunset on Third Street ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日  Japan Takashi Yamazaki
2007 Memories of Matsuko 嫌われ松子の一生  Japan Tetsuya Nakashima
2008 Fine, Totally Fine 全然大丈夫  Japan Yosuke Fujita
2009 The Magic Hour ザ・マジックアワー  Japan Kōki Mitani
2010 Gallants Da Lui Toi 打擂台  Hong Kong Derek Kwok,
Clement Cheng
Castaway on the Moon 김씨 표류기  South Korea Lee Hae-jun
2011 A Boy and His Samurai ちょんまげぷりん  Japan Yoshihiro Nakamura
2012 Ace Attorney 逆転裁判  Japan Takashi Miike
2013 Hentai Kamen[2] 変態仮面  Japan Yūichi Fukuda
2014 Uzumasa Limelight[3] 太秦ライムライト  Japan Ken Ochiai
2014 Zone Pro Site[4] 總舖師:移動大廚  Taiwan Chen Yu-hsun

Jury Award Winner[edit]

Year Title Original Title Country Director
2008 Sad Vacation サッド ヴァケイション  Japan Shinji Aoyama
2009 Love Exposure 愛のむきだし}  Japan Sion Sono

Daniel A. Craft Award[edit]

Year Title Original Title Country Director
2013 Ip Man: The Final Fight[5] 葉問:終極一戰  Hong Kong Herman Yau
2014 The White Storm[6] 掃毒  Hong Kong Benny Chan (Action: Nicky Li Chung-Chi)


(left to right) Grady Hendrix (New York Asian Film Festival founding member) and Alexandra Swords (radio personality)

The founding members and founding festival co-directors are:

All five are also founding members of Subway Cinema.

Current directors include Goran Topalovic (Executive Director) and Samuel Jamier (Co-Director)
The Board of Directors currently consists of Grady Hendrix (President), Paul Kazee and Kyungmi Kim.

The following outlines year-by-year personnel changes:

Nat Olsen resigned.
Daniel Craft joined as a director.

Paul Kazee resigned.
Mark Walkow joined as a programmer.

Brian Naas resigned.
Marc Walkow joined as a director.

Subway Cinema became a Not-For-Profit organization.
Grady Hendrix resigned as a director and joined the Board of Directors.
Paul Kazee joined the Board of Directors.
Kyungmi Kim joined the Board of Directors.
Goran Topalovic confirmed as Executive Director.
Daniel Craft confirmed as Treasurer/Secretary.
Marc Walkow confirmed as Programming Coordinator.

Marc Walkow resigned.
Samuel Jamier joined as a Senior Film Programmer.
Hiroshi Fukazawa joined as Associate Programmer.

Samuel Jamier confirmed as Co-Director.
Stephen Cremin joined as Senior Film Programmer.
Hiroshi Fukazawa confirmed as Senior Film Programmer.

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  1. ^ a b "Global Hallyu Forum: Riding the Korean Wave - Special Events". 16 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
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