MAR | ASIAN FILM AWARDS
The 9th Asian Film Awards Ceremony took place at The Venetian Macao in Macau. Ms. Mabel CHEUNG Yuen Ting has been appointed as this year’s AFA Jury President and Mr. Aaron Kwok as the Celebrity Jury, heading a panel of 15 jurors comprising respected film industry professionals, and critics who will select outstanding Asian films of this year to be recognized by 14 awards. This year, the AFA received over a thousand eligible films from 37 countries across Asian and the wide range of styles showed the diversity, creativity and vitality of the region’s cinema. Korean auteur IM Kown-taek received the Lifetime Achievement Award because of his long prolific career and his emphasis on Korean subjects and themes. Japanese actress NAKATANI Miki who is known for Memories of Matsuko and won the Best Actress at 1st Asian Film Awards received Excellence in Asian Cinema Award. The film Blind Massage won the Best Film, The Golden Era which was nominated for five awards, won the Best director (Ann HUI) and the Best Supporting Actor (WANG Zhiwen). Chinese actor LIAO Fan who has won the Silver Bear of Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival, has won the Best Actor of the 9th Asian Film Festival with Black Coal, Thin Ice. Korean Actress BAE Doo-na won the Best Actress with A Girl at My Door.
JUN | MASTERCLASS
Asian Film Awards Academy collaborated with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and organized the Masterclass: A Life in Pictures: Johnnie TO. Hong Kong director and producer Johnnie TO looked back on his career and share his filming experience without a script, his inspirations and how he depicted Hong Kong in his films.
SEP | ASIAN CINERAMA
Asian Film Awards Academy collaborated with Pacific Meridian International Film Festival and organized the “Asian Cinerama – AFAA Film Roadshows”. Mr. Clarence Tsui, Senior Film Critic of The Hollywood Reporter, and Hong Kong director Adam Wong Sau Ping also in the event to introduce Asian films to local audiences.
OCT | MASTERCLASS
On the special occasion of being awarded for the honorary SAMURAI Award by the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, Hong Kong director and producer John WOO attended the 2nd SAMURAI Award Special Talk “In Person: John Woo”, co-presented by the Asian Film Awards Academy and the Tokyo International Film Festival. WOO shared his experience and insights in his filmmaking career that started in Hong Kong, continued in Hollywood and returned to Greater China.
OCT | ASIAN CINERAMA
Asian Film Awards Academy presented Asian Cinerama at the 3rd QCinema International Film Festival. It included the films A Simple Life, Overheard, Nader and Simin: A Separation, Niño.
OCT | JOURNEY TO THE FEST
Led by the Asian Film Awards Academy, 12 selected students from Hong Kong tertiary institutions visited the 20th Busan International Film Festival to develop their skills and enrich their outlook, experience and network with film practitioners from around the world.
Students on the visit participated in various festival events. In October 2015, selected students visited the Busan International Film Festival, the Asian Film Market and the Asian Project Market in Korea, which were some of the most major film events in Asia as well as in the world.
OCT | ASIAN CINERAMA
Asian Film Awards Academy presented Asian Cinerama at the 6th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The films included Echoes of the Rainbow, The Beast Stalker and Dragon, The Lunchbox, Ilo Ilo, Cart, Bwakaw.