A Star-Studded Night of Celebration Preceded by Glamorous Red Carpet at The Venetian Macao
(March 17, 2016, Macau) Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy, sponsored by Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao and The Venetian® Macao and with Cotai Water Jet as the Official Ferry Operator, the 10th Asian Film Awards was held at The Venetian Theatre, one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in Greater China today. The Awards night was a celebration of the talent, celebrity and power of Asian cinema on the international film scene, with red carpet event and the Awards show itself.
Top celebrities walking down the red carpet to attend the much anticipated Ceremony included (Hong Kong) Johnnie TO, YUEN Wo-ping, Gigi LEUNG, Angie CHIU, Raymond WONG, Gordon LAM, Hins CHEUNG, Ivana WONG; (Mainland China) GAO Yuanyuan, FENG Xiaogang, JIA Zhangke, ZHAO Tao; (Taiwan) SHU Qi, Amber AN, KO Chen-tung, Vivian SUNG; (France) Sophie MARCEAU; (Korea) LEE Byung-Hun, RYOO Seung-wan, Yoo Ah-in, APINK; (Japan) KIKI Kirin, NAGASE Masatoshi, KORE-EDA Hirokazu, ASANO Tadanobu, and many more from around the globe. With Twitter as the 10th AFA’s official social media partner, for the first time ever, audience could stay tuned with the great event and enjoy every spectacular moment simultaneously with our star-studded guests through the internet.
This year, 77 nominees of 36 films from nine countries competed for the final Asian Film Awards in 15 categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Newcomer, Best Screenwriter, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Composer, Best Production Designer, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Designer, and the newly added Best Sound. Competition was fierce with entries of very high calibre, including The Assassin which has topped the nomination list with nine nods, and many other internationally-acclaimed films such as Mountains May Depart, Mr. Six, Veteran, and Our Little Sister.
World-renowned Hong Kong director Mr. Johnnie TO Kei-fung was this year’s Jury President, with Hong Kong actor Mr. Sean LAU Ching-wan and mainland Chinese actress Ms. GAO Yuanyuan as celebrity jurors. Together with 12 respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics from all over the world, the jury panel has chosen the final winners from the list of the best Asian films. The results were announced at the Ceremony at the Venetian Theatre, with remarkable performance from Hong Kong singers Hins CHEUNG, Jonathan WONG, rock duo Soler, and Red-hot Korean pop group APINK.
The AFA also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran Hong Kong action choreographer-director YUEN Wo-ping and venerable Japanese actress KIKI Kirin, honoring their tireless years of distinguished contribution to Asian cinema. Korean actor YOO Ah-in (Veteran, The Throne) received the Next Generation Award as a recognition of his outstanding and breakthrough acting performance. On the occasion of the landmark 10th Anniversary of the Asian Film Awards, the AFA Academy is pleased to present the AFA 10th Anniversary Special Award to FENG Xiaogang, one of China’s most popular film directors, screenwriter and actor and AFA Academy Outstanding Contribution Awards to Chinese director Li Qiuankuan to mark an extraordinary decade for Asian filmmaking.
Inaugurated in 2007, the AFA celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of the region. Awards night is a spectacular gathering of celebrities and industry that highlights and publicizes the year’s achievements in Asian cinema. Last year, the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) was established by the three long-established and major international film festivals in Asia, that is Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo, which was an unprecedented landmark collaboration. The AFAA does not only provide an impact and influence that will promote Asian cinema through the annual flagship AFA, it also organizes year-round initiatives such as professional exchanges, mentorship and development programs for young filmmakers, and strategies for regional and international audience development.
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.
About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 650 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (140,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and St. Regis hotels as well as the Holiday Inn. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in 2016... the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao. please visit http://www.parisianmacao.com.
Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.
About The Venetian® Macao
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 350 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.
About Cotai Water Jet
Launched in November 2007, Cotai Water Jet is a premium high-speed ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. As of December 2015, the maritime jet fleet has serviced more than 52 million passengers and in 2015 averaged approximately 89 daily sailings. Its 14 custom-built catamarans have the capacity to carry more than 400 passengers each and operate at top speeds of approximately 42 knots. Passengers on Cotai Water Jet have a choice of three classes of service as well as direct sailings between ports in Macao, Taipa, Hong Kong, Kowloon and Hong Kong International Airport, thus providing an important transportation option for both locals and visitors to Macao. The Cotai Water Jet service is managed and operated on behalf of owner Sands China Ltd. by Chu Kong High Speed Ferry Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong.
For more information, including sailing schedule and fares, please visit www.cotaiwaterjet.com.
Taipa Village Macau
Taipa village, home to the Portuguese architecture, is the historical part of Taipa and the best preserved area in the south of the island. It seeks to be the new landmark in Macau – a dynamic leisure destination infused with niche shopping, innovative dining, diversified entertainments and heritage attractions. The cultural-blended destination defines an opulent mixture of heritage and modernity, where east meets west. It is a living village with real-life stories to tell – a place where people live and work, redefining the memories of the local residents who have witnessed the changes of the island over these decades. Visitors can taste a sumptuous selection of authentic cuisines, from local Chinese delights to continental flair infused with Portuguese and Spanish flavors. While being away from the glitz and vibrancy of the casinos resorts along Cotai strip, Taipa Village is only walking distance from the resorts which make traveling very accessible.