(February 3, 2016, Hong Kong) – Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (“AFA Academy”), the Asian Film Awards (“AFA”) will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. For this edition, 77 nominations have been made for 15 awards. The nominations represent 36 films from 9 countries. World-renowned Hong Kong director Mr. Johnnie TO Kei-fung will serve as this year’s Jury President and lead a jury comprising our two charismatic and popular celebrity jurors, Hong Kong actor Mr. Sean LAU Ching-wan and mainland Chinese actress Ms. GAO Yuanyuan, as well as 12 respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics from all over the world.
Sponsored by Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao and The Venetian Macao® , with Cotai Water Jet as Official Ferry Operator, the 10th Asian Film Awards at one of the world’s leading integrated resorts and must-see destinations, The Venetian Macao, on March 17, 2016 (Thursday).
A principal supporter of the AFA is The Macao Foundation; and the local Macau co-organizer is the Macau Artistes Association; and official cultural partner is Taipa Village Cultural Association.
To commemorate the special occasion of the 10th Anniversary, a new award will be made in the category of Best Sound. Skillful recording, editing and mixing of sound is an often unnoticed but critical element in filmmaking and this award is being made to recognize excellence in the field and encourage talents.
Dr. Wilfred WONG Ying-wai, SBS, JP, Chairman of the AFA Academy and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society said, “The Asian Film Awards’ annual ceremony recognizes many outstanding Asian filmmakers and we have also launched year-round initiatives to sustain the promotion of Asian movies. Our Academy has developed from the annual awards to an entity that now organizes audience and professional development programs such as masterclasses, film festival visits for students, young professionals training programs and film roadshows around the globe. The 10th anniversary is a special occasion for all the past winners to join together to in this spectacular event and to testify to the great work of Asian filmmakers and industries.”
This year, the AFA received almost 1,600 submissions from 32 countries. The entries were wide-ranging and include wuxia, period epics, romantic comedies, crime, festival acclaimed works and many others. (Please see attached Appendix I for nominations list.)
This year also marks the first collaboration between the AFA and Twitter. All our guests that are joining the red carpet and the ceremony can now share their behind-the-scenes with the world through a specially tailored mobile app called Twitter Mirror.
“It is with great pleasure that Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao and The Venetian Macao once again sponsor the Asian Film Awards,” said Dave Horton, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Las Vegas Sands Corp. & Sands China Ltd. “The awards represent the very best of the dynamic and always exciting Asian film industry, and it is an honour for us to host them and welcome so many famous faces to Macao.”
Details of the 10th Asian Film Awards Ceremony:
Date: March 17, 2016 (Thursday)
Venue: The Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Macau
(Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR)
The complete list of the 10th AFA nominations list is attached as Appendix I.
The complete jury list for the 10th AFA is attached as Appendix II.
The complete list of key partners and sponsors for the 10th AFA is attached as Appendix III.
The biography of Johnnie To Kei-fung, Jury President for the 10th AFA, and Mr. Sean Lau Ching-wan and Ms. Gao Yuanyuan, the two Celebrity Jurors are attached as Appendix IV.
The welcome speech of Dr. Wilfred WONG Ying-wai, GBS, JP, Chairman of the AFA Academy and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, is attached as Appendix V.
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Asian Film Awards (AFA)
Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of Asia. Awards night is a spectacular gathering of stars, celebrities, industry professionals and the media that highlights and publicizes the year’s achievements in Asian movies.
Presented in Hong Kong in its first seven years, the Awards moved to one of Asia’s fastest growing entertainment hubs, Macau, in 2014 – one step closer to its long-term plan of being held in different Asian cities to reflect its broad reach across the entire region.
Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA)
In 2013, three main Asian film festivals - Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo - joined together to create the non-profit organization, the Asian Film Awards Academy to promote and develop Asian cinema and its talents. The AFA Academy highlights, strengthens and develops Asian film industry and culture through the annual Asian Film Awards, and several year-round initiatives including strategies for building regional and international audiences.
Members of the AFA Academy are drawn from all past nominees and winners of the Asian Film Awards. Members vote for the Asian Film Awards and also participate in various AFA Academy activities involving film professionals and audiences in Asia and around the world.
In 2015, the AFA Academy launched events and activities including the Masterclass Series, Journey to the Fest, Asian Cinerama and Young Film Professionals Program to promote, educate, inform and develop knowledge, skills and interest in Asian cinema among the industry, students and audiences in Asia and beyond. The AFA Academy expresses the increasing global importance and creative strengths of Asian films and aims to unite the industries and talents of the fast-growing region.
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