(March 16, 2017, Hong Kong) Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), the 11th Asian Film Awards (AFA) proudly announces the legendary Japanese rock musician, Yoshiki, leader of the world-famous band X Japan, as one of our heavyweight performers!
Best known as an all-round musician – classically-trained pianist, conductor, songwriter, and drummer – Yoshiki has contributed to the art of film scoring and composed for several Hollywood movies as well as the theme music for Golden Globes® in 2012. In 2016, the documentary about X Japan, “WE ARE X”, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Editing.
The film was also screened at the SXSW Film Festival and won the SXSW Audience Award for Excellence in Title Design. The film has gone on to over 20 worldwide film festivals and spawned a chart-topping soundtrack album, hitting Number 1 in iTunes Soundtrack chart in 9 countries, Number 1 in UK Rock & Metal Albums chart, Number 3 in UK Soundtrack chart, The album, featuring the film’s theme song “La Venus”, also reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Album chart in 9 countries, Top 10 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart in 17 countries.
AFA is honored to have him grace the opening of this year’s award ceremony, which will be held on March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) at The Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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)
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.