For Immediate Release
The 13th Asian Film Awards Nominations Announced
This Year's Theme: Film Restoration
11 January 2019 (Friday) HONG KONG: The Asian Film Awards Academy (“AFAA”) proudly presents the 13th Asian Film Awards (“AFA13”). AFA13 will present 16 awards recognising artistic and technical merits in film. Acclaimed director Johnnie TO (杜琪峯), former AFA winner Sammi CHENG Sau Man (鄭秀文), and new directors Oliver CHAN Siu Kuen (陳小娟) and Jun LI (李駿碩) announced the nominations today in Hong Kong. The award ceremony will take place on 17 March 2019 at Hong Kong’s TVB City.
Internationally renowned actress-director Joan CHEN (陳沖) serves as this year’s Jury President. She will lead a seven-member jury that consists of respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics from all over the world.
CHEN says, “When I act as a jury member, I look for films that can move me, inspire me and break existing barriers. Regardless of its country of origin and genre, a film that excites me is a film that I will support.”
AFAA is also enormously honoured to have Academy Award and Tony Award nominee WATANABE Ken (渡邊謙) as Celebrity Juror. Johnny HUANG (黃景瑜) and Fish LIEW (廖子妤) have also been appointed as this year’s Youth Ambassadors.
The theme of AFA13 is film restoration. As the print quality of old films deteriorate with time, the need to restore them for the enjoyment of future generations have become increasingly urgent. AFA13 will highlight the integral efforts to restore these classics to their former glory.
Josie LIN (連佩蔙), Executive Director of AFAA, says: “There’s been a growing popularity for restored prints of classic films. Last year, the new restored version of Farewell My Concubine was immensely successful in Taiwan, filling cinemas for weeks. A new generation of young audiences was once again introduced to CHEN Kaige’s brilliant direction and Leslie CHEUNG’s magnificent performance. The trend coincides with our Young Film Professionals Overseas Training Program. Through these efforts we hope to strengthen the ties between film talents, audiences and the region’s industries.”
Wilfred WONG (王英偉), Chairman of AFAA and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, adds, “AFAA is pleased to bring together outstanding Asian filmmakers here in Hong Kong in our annual celebration of excellence in Asian cinema. AFA13 sees its toughest competition in years as last year’s finest films mainly hail from Asian countries. I’d like to congratulate AFA13 on putting together an incredible jury that includes the iconic Joan CHEN and WATANABE Ken. We look forward to another celebration of Asian cinema and I wish AFAA’s continued success of providing platforms for new faces and up-and-coming artists in 2019.”
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Details of AFA13 Awards Ceremony:
Date:17 March 2019 (Sunday)
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