The 9th Asian Film Awards Star-Studded Awards Presentation Ceremony Preceded by Glamorous Red Carpet At The Venetian Macao

March 25, 2015 (Wednesday), 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 9th Asian Film Awards was held at The Venetian Theatre, one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in Greater China today. The Awards night is 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 include (Hong Kong) Aaron KWOK, Anthony PERRY (WONG), Ivana WONG, Eddie CHEUNG, Timmi HONG, Stephanie CHE, Mimi KUNG, NG See-yuen, Ann HUI, Mabel CHEUNG, Alex LAW; (Mainland China) LI Shaohong, LIAO Fan, CHEN Jianbin, WAN Qian, ZHANG Huiwen; (Taiwan) LEE Lieh, ZHAN Huaiyun, Wallace HUO, Cheryl YANG, Umin BOYA, Rhydian VAUGHAN; (Japan) NAKATANI Miki, MIYAZAWA Rie, SATOH Takeru, IKEWAKI Chizuru; (South Korea) IM Kwon-taek, BAE Doo-na, HAN Ye-ri, CHO Jin-woong, DOH Kyung-soo, INFINITE, Sue SON; (India) Kalki KOECHLIN and (US) Jermaine JACKSON.

This year, there are 74 nominees of 42 films from eight countries competing for the final Asian Film Awards in 14 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 and Best Costume Designer. The competition is fierce this year including a lot of high-caliber films that have already won or been nominated at major international film festivals and awards shows, including The Golden Era, Blind Massage, Roaring Currents, Coming Home and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

Renowned award-winning Hong Kong film director Mabel CHEUNG is the AFA Jury President of this year, heading a panel of 13 jurors composed of two-year Taipei Golden Horse Best Actor winner Celebrity Juror Aaron KWOK, esteemed film industry professionals, scholars and critics to select the most outstanding Asian works of the year for one of the most prestigious film awards in the world.
The jury panel has already chosen the final winners from the list of the best Asian films. The results will be announced at the Ceremony at the Venetian Theatre. AFA Best Newcomer nominee Ivana WONG as well as the talented and popular Korean violinist Sue SON will perform film music classics for the audience. Red-hot Korean pop group INFINITE will also perform at the show.

The AFA will also present the Lifetime Achievement Award to the venerable “Godfather of Korean Cinema” IM Kwon-taek, honoring his tireless years of distinguished contribution to Asian cinema. Japan Academy Prize Best Actress NAKATANI Miki will be given the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, recognizing her illustrious achievements in Asian cinema.

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 the many diverse talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of the region. Awards night is a spectacular gathering of 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 was held last year in one of Asia’s fastest growing entertainment hubs, Macau. With this historic move, the Awards took one step closer to its long-term plan of being held in different Asian cities to reflect its broad reach across the entire region. Following last year’s success, the Asian Film Awards will be held again in Macau for its ninth edition.

ASIAN FILM AWARDS ACADEMY (AFAA)
Established in Hong Kong in late 2013, the Asian Film Awards Academy aims to promote and develop Asian cinema, its talents and audiences. In an unprecedented landmark collaboration, the three long-established and major international film festivals in Asia, that is Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo have joined together as the founding members of the Asian Film Awards Academy. Together, they will provide an impact and influence that will promote Asian cinema through the annual flagship Asian Film Awards, and year-round initiatives such as professional exchanges, mentorship and development programs for young filmmakers, and strategies for regional and international audience development.

The Asian Film Awards Academy members come from all over Asia. They are drawn from all past nominees and winners at the Asian Film Awards. Additional members who are prominent in their field may also be inducted into the Asian Film Awards Academy. Members will be given voting rights for the Asian Film Awards and also participate in various Academy activities around the region.

The Asian Film Awards Academy expresses the increasing global importance and creative strength of the cinemas of Asia and will help unite the industries and talents of this fast-growing region.

In Association with:
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 gaming-centric 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 600 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, gaming excitement, 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 Holiday Inn hotels, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015… the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visithttp://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.

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 300 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.

COTAI WATER JET
Launched in November 2007, Cotai Water Jet is the premium high-speed ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. As of January 2015, the maritime jet fleet has serviced more than 44 million passengers, and averages approximately 42 daily round trip 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, with direct sailings between ports in Macao, Taipa, Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the Hong Kong International Airport providing an important transportation option for both locals and visitors of Macao. The Cotai Water Jet service is fully 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.