(24th October, 2012) Mr. Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, the Executive Chairman of The 55th Asia Pacific Film FestivalOrganizing Committee and Mr. Nick Cheung Ka-Fai, The 53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Actor announcing, Macau to be the host city of "The 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival" (APFF). With the theme of "The New Starting Line", the 55th APFF will take place at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, the Grand Sponsor of the film festival, from 13th to 16th December, 2012.The flag of APFF was handed over to Mr. Edward M. Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. and Mr. Eric Tsang wishing a great success to create an Asian film grand occasion with full of multi-cultural characteristic of Macau!
The enthusiastic Asia film producer Eric Tsang remarked, "Macau is a great city and it is our honor to host the 55th APFF in Macau. Although Macau is small, its entertainment industry is getting more and more successful. Hope that it can help to promote the entertainment industry of Macau to the world. The theme of the 55th APFF is "The New Starting Line", which means that APFF will be more international, with new innovation and motivation, like new directors, new actors, new screenplays and powers!"
The 53rd APFF Best Actor(Year : 2009) Nick Cheung said, "I'm glad that the 55th APFF will be held in Macau. It is one of the oldest film festivals. I won the best actor with "The Beast Stalker" in Taiwan on 2009; it is so warm to me that it's held in Macau this year. I wish that more international film events can be appeared in Asia, and lead the Asia film industry to a new era!"
"The Venetian Macao is proud to be the Grand Sponsor of the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival and is extremely delighted to host this illustrious event at our world-class entertainment venue CotaiArena™ this year," said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. "APFF is the most established award in Asia Pacific with 54 years of history, having witnessed many major milestones of the Asian motion picture industry. It is an important vehicle for cultural exchange in the region and for promoting its motion pictures to the world. This renowned event perfectly echoes Sands China's vision of bringing the region's and the world's best entertainment events to Macao. Hosting APFF supports our strategy of leveraging high profile televised events to elevate the Venetian Macao brand to all homes in Macao, China and beyond, and contributes toward the Macao Government's goal of establishing Macao as world centre of tourism and leisure and one of the top entertainment hubs in Asia."
From left: The 53th Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Nick Cheung Ka-Fai; Secretariat of Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific Representative Ciou Shun-Cing; Sands China Ltd. President & Chief Executive Officer Edward Tracy; The 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival Organizing Committee Executive Chairman Eric Tsang Chi-Wai; Macau Video and Arts Association Chairman Chen Yi-Feng
The 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival
Show Date ︰13th - 16th December, 2012
Show Venue︰The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel
The 55th APFF Awards Presents︰
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Art Director
The First Round Juries:
Freddy Wong Hong Kong - Film Critic/ Film Director
Lorna Tee Malaysia / Hong Kong - Producer/ International Film Festival Malaysia
Oh Jung-wan South Korea - Producer / Busan IFF Advisory Board Member
Kong Rithdee Thailand - Film Critic, Bangkok Post / Sight & Sound
Indu Shiriket India - Festival Director, Osian Cinefan Film Festival
Nashen Moodley Australia - Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival
Shen Yang China - Head of Shanghai Film Market / Asian New Talent Competition
Terouka Sozo Japan - Artistic Director, Osaka Asian Film Festival / Film Critic