Subway Cinema (New York Asian Film Festival, Ltd.) is America’s leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of Asian popular film culture in all its forms, with year-round festivals and programs, and a view to building bridges between Asia and the West.
Subway Cinema was the first organization in America to recognize the works of directors Johnnie To and Tsui Hark with retrospectives, and the first programming entity to bring major attention to New Korean Cinema with the first New York Korean Film Festival in 2001.
In 2002, Subway Cinema launched its flagship event, the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which has been presented in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010. Now entering its 14th year, NYAFF is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema.
Subway Cinema’s other events and initiatives include the annual Old School Kung Fu Fest (showcase for the best of classic martial arts films), the New York Korean Film Festival (presented in collaboration with BAMcinématek and the Korea Society since 2014), and the Asian Film Preservation Fund.
Subway Cinema receives generous, year-round support from the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation.
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