(March 17, 2017, Hong Kong) Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy) with the financial support of Create Hong Kong and Hong Kong Film De-velopment Fund, the 11th Asian Film Awards (AFA) will be held on March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. This year’s jury is led by world-renowned Chinese director JIA Zhangke and Hong Kong actress Karena LAM Ka-yan. The red carpet and award ceremony will be live-broadcast on TVB J2 channel from 18:00 to 22:30.
Top celebrities and awards nominees attending the much anticipated ceremony in-clude – (Hong Kong) Derek TSANG, HUI Koon-man, Kara WAI, LAM Suet, Elaine JIN, WU Tsz-tung; (Mainland China) FENG Xiaogang, FAN Wei, FAN Bingbing, DONG Chengpeng, Lynn XIONG, Jelly LIN; (Taiwan) Richie JEN; (South Korea) NA Hong-jin, MOON So-ri, KIM Tae-ri; (Japan) FUKADA Koji, ASANO Tadanobu, MAEDA Atsuko, SAKUMOTO Takara; (The Philippines) Charo SANTOS-CONCIO; (India) Shabana AZMI; (Singapore) Fir RAHMAN, and many more from around the globe.
Hong Kong filmmaker TSUI Hark, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Hong Kong actress-singer Sammi CHENG Sau-man, recipient of the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, will attend the ceremony to accept the accolade and honor. Chinese young actress Jelly LIN, who is nominated as Best Newcomer for her leading role in Mermaid, will receive the Rising Star of Asia Award for her exceptional talent and breakthrough in Asian cinema in the past year.
Our heavyweight presenters include President of the Jury, JIA Zhangke, Karena LAM Ka-yan, YU Dong, Johnnie TO, LEE Lieh, MOMOI Kaori, YAU Nai-hoi, CHO Ui-seok, Wyman WONG, Vincent KOK, Ms. Miriam YEUNG, Ronald CHENG, CHENG Jen-shuo, Amber AN, and Rhydian VAUGHAN.
Yoshiki, legendary Japanese rock musician and leader of the world-famous band X Japan, will open the award ceremony as one of the performing guests, as well as serv-ing as one of the award presenters. YAO Jue, Chinese musician and violinist; and Forte Di Quattro, winners of South Korean music show “Phantom Singer”, will also perform in the show.
Other attending guests are Karen MOK, Yoyo MUNG, Fiona SIT, Sharon KWOK, Irene WAN, Ankie BEILKE, Celina JADE, YOON Jong-shin, Endy CHOW, Jonathan WONG, LAM Yiu-sing, TAM Sin-yin, Lisa CH’NG, Carlos CHAN, NG Hok-him, and more.
This year, 73 nominees of 34 films from 12 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 Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Costume Design, Best Pro-duction Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.
Competition is fierce with entries of the very highest calibre. South Korean film The Handmaiden has topped the nominations list with six nods. FENG Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary, and South Korean zombie apocalypse thriller Train to Busan, have both got five nominations. Other internationally-acclaimed films include Hong Kong films Trivisa, Soul Mate, Mad World; South Korean film The Wailing; Taiwan film Godspeed; Oscar Best Foreign Film winning Iran/French film The Salesman etc.
Details of the 11th Asian Film Awards Ceremony:
Date: March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)
Red Carpet: 16:30-19:00 (Clock Tower Piazza)
Award Ceremony: 19:30-22:30 (Grand Theatre)
Venue: 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