(January 11, 2017, Hong Kong) Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (“AFA Academy”), the Asian Film Awards (“AFA”) will celebrate its 11th anniversary this year. For this edition, 73 nominations have been made for 15 awards. The nominations represent 34 films from 12 countries. World-renowned Chinese director Mr. JIA Zhangke will serve as this year’s Jury President and lead a jury comprising charismatic celebrity juror Ms. Karena LAM Kar-yan, and respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics.
Financially supported by Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund, the 11th Asian Film Awards will return to Hong Kong on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR Government, and will be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on March 21, 2017 (Tuesday).
Over the past year the AFA Academy has collaborated with different countries and regions to educate and nurture the next generation for the movie industry. It has hosted different activities, such as Masterclasses, Asian Cinerama – Film Roadshows, Journey to the Fest – Student Visit to Film Festivals and Young Film Professionals Program. From Hong Kong to different cities and international film festivals including Tokyo, Busan, Hawaii, Kyoto, Chennai, Taipei, Berlin, etc., the Academy endeavours to promote Asian film industry and culture all over the world.
To further advance its activities among young people, the Academy is also honoured to appoint Taiwan actor Mr. CHENG Jen-shou, as “Student Ambassador” for 2017. Winner of the Best Supporting Actor Award of the Taipei Film Festival for his role in Thanatos, Drunk, Mr. CHENG will share his experience in the industry and encourage the next generation to follow their passion.
Dr. Wilfred WONG Ying-wai, GBS, JP, Chairman of the AFA Academy and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society said, “Following the series of successful and pioneering film promotional and educational events launched by the AFA Academy, we’re most excited to be celebrating excellence in Asian cinema again in our annual awards show. This year, the AFA will move back to Hong Kong, where it all began, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Our Academy and Awards will continue to maintain Hong Kong’s role as an international city and a major hub for the creative industries.”
This year, the AFA received almost 1,600 submissions from 28 countries. The entries were wide-ranging and include period epics, romantic comedies, crime, thriller, monster movies and festival acclaimed works. Entries were considered from established and upcoming filmmakers, with an encouraging diversity and creativity once again showing the growth and richness of the cinemas of the Asian region. (Please see attached Appendix I for nominations list.)
Details of the 11th Asian Film Awards Ceremony:
Date: March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
(10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
The complete list of the 11th AFA nominations list is attached as
The complete list of key partners & sponsors for the 11th AFA is
attached as Appendix II.
The biography of JIA Zhangke, Jury President; Ms. Karena LAM Kar-yan,
Celebrity Juror; & Mr. CHENG Jen-shou, Student Ambassador, are attached
as Appendix III.
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 IV.
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.
Create Hong Kong
Create Hong Kong is a dedicated office set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 1 June 2009 to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It co-ordinates Government policy and effort regarding creative industries, focuses Government resources for the promotion and speeding up of the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the development of creative industries. For more details, visit www.createhk.gov.hk/.
The Hong Kong Film Development Fund
The Hong Kong Film Development Fund was first set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1999 to fund projects and activities which contribute towards the development of the Hong Kong film industry, including part-financing small-to-medium budget film productions; enhancing efforts to promote Hong Kong films in the Mainland and overseas; enhancing initiatives to train talents in various aspects of film production and distribution; and enhancing the interest and appreciation of Hong Kong films by the local audience. For more details, visit www.fdc.gov.hk/tc/services/services2.htm.