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Asian Film Awards

Asian Film Awards
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The former Asian Film Awards trophy designed by William Chang used in the 3rd Asian Film Awards in 2009.
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements
Location Hong Kong, China
Country Asia
Presented by Hong Kong International Film Festival Society
First awarded 2007
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The Asian Film Awards are presented annually by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society to recognize the excellence of the film professionals in the film industries of Asian cinema.


In January 29, 2007, Wilfred Wong, the Chairman of Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, announced the launch of the Asian Film Awards (AFA).[1] The 1st Asian Film Awards occurred on March 20, 2007 on the opening night of the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It honoured the best film achievements of the Asian cinema in the year 2006. It was attended by about 4000 guests from around the world.[2]

The AFA Presentation Ceremony takes place as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong Opening Gala. Eminent filmmakers and superstars from around the world are invited to bestow awards upon the winner(s) of each category, making the ceremony a dazzling extravaganza as well as an influential cultural event.[3]

The trophy

In February 13, 2007, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council hosted a celebration of the I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK announcement of being the opening film for the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival at a reception in Berlin. At the same event the AFA trophy, designed by award-winning production designer, William Chang, was also unveiled.[4]

According to William Chang, his inspiration behind the artwork was his admiration to a combination of architectural drawings and his own collection of antique statues. Measuring 36 cm (14 in), the trophy symbolises the joy and the accomplishment of all the award winners.[5]

The current trophy is gold as a whole but had changed significantly before. The first trophies that were handed in 2007 has its trophy in black with a white base. In the 2nd AFA, the current gold colour was used as whole but in 2009 for its 3rd AFA instead of a gold base, it has a black base. Then in 2010, the whole gold trophy had returned and now used nowadays.

Eligibility, nominations and voting

To be eligible, films must be feature length (more than 60 minutes); be in 35mm or 70mm film format or digital format suitable for exhibition in cinemas; and be fiction films from Asia. This encompasses all the cinemas of Asia: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia. Additionally, the films must have English subtitles.

The films must have been released between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceding the awards ceremony, and have been exhibited through a domestic theatrical release and distribution to at least one other country; been premiered at an international film festival; or received national film awards.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society compile the preliminary nomination list with the participation of the two parties who can submit films for the consideration to be included in the nomination list which are:

  • the Asian Film Awards Official Submission Organisations are composed of recognised film organizations from different Asian territories. Each Official Submission Organisation can submit up to three films to represent their territory.
  • the Asian Film Awards Jury is composed of film professionals from around the world. Each Jury Member can recommend up to two additional nominations in each Category.

After the Society finalised the nomination list, the Jury and the Voting Members (composed of previous winners from past AFA) would then vote in an Online Balloting System where it would be counted, tallied and kept confidential until the day of the AFA by a reputable firm of certified public accountants.

Award categories

Special Awards

These special awards are not always presented on a consistent annual basis. The Society chooses the special awards to be given for a certain year.

  • Asian Film Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Asian Cinema: since 2007
  • Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema *: since 2007
  • Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia Award *: since 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: since 2008
  • The Edward Yang New Talent Award: since 2008
  • The Asian Film Award for Top-Grossing Film Director: since 2009
  • The Asian Film Award for Top-Grossing Asian Film: since 2011
  • Award for the Promotion of Asian Cinema: since 2011

People's Choice Awards

  • People's Choice for the Best Asian Film: 2009 (defunct)
  • People's Choice for Best Actor *: since 2010
  • People's Choice for Best Actress *: since 2010

^* The asterisk indicates the awards that were renamed for a certain Asian Film Awards Presentation Ceremony. Their first and original names are used in this list.

Major award winners

Year Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Template:Country data South Korea The Host 23x15px Jia Zhangke
for Still Life
Template:Country data South Korea Song Kang-ho
for The Host
Template:Country data Japan Miki Nakatani
for Memories of Matsuko
No award No award
Template:Country data South Korea Secret Sunshine Template:Country data South Korea Lee Chang-dong
for Secret Sunshine
Template:Country data Hong Kong Tony Leung
for Lust, Caution
Template:Country data South Korea Jeon Do-yeon
for Secret Sunshine
23x15px Sun Honglei
for Mongol
23x15px Joan Chen
for The Sun Also Rises
Template:Country data Japan Tokyo Sonata Template:Country data Japan Koreeda Hirokazu
for Still Walking
Template:Country data Japan Masahiro Motoki
for Departures
23x15px Zhou Xun
for The Equation of Love and Death
Template:Country data South Korea Jung Woo-sung
for The Good, the Bad, the Weird
23x15px Gina Pareño
for Service
Template:Country data South Korea Mother 23x15px Lu Chuan
for City of Life and Death
23x15px Wang Xueqi
for Bodyguards and Assassins
Template:Country data South Korea Kim Hye-ja
for Mother
Template:Country data Hong Kong Nicholas Tse
for Bodyguards and Assassins
Template:Country data Hong Kong Kara Hui
for At the End of Daybreak
23x15px Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Template:Country data South Korea Lee Chang-dong
for Poetry
Template:Country data South Korea Ha Jung-woo
for The Yellow Sea
23x15px Xu Fan
for Aftershock
Template:Country data Hong Kong Sammo Hung
for Ip Man 2
Template:Country data South Korea Youn Yuh-jung
for The Housemaid
Template:Country data Iran A Separation Template:Country data Iran Asghar Farhadi
for A Separation
Template:Country data Indonesia Donny Damara
for Lovely Man
Template:Country data Hong Kong Deanie Ip
for A Simple Life
23x15px Lawrence Ko
for Jump Ashin!
23x15px Shamaine Buencamino
for Niño
23x15px Mystery Template:Country data Japan Takeshi Kitano
for Outrage Beyond
23x15px Eddie Garcia
for Bwakaw
23x15px Nora Aunor
for Thy Womb
Template:Country data India Nawazuddin Siddiqui
for Talaash: The Answer Lies Within
Template:Country data Japan Makiko Watanabe
for Capturing Dad
Template:Country data Hong Kong23x15px The Grandmaster Template:Country data Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai
for The Grandmaster
Template:Country data India Irrfan Khan
for The Lunchbox
23x15px Zhang Ziyi
for The Grandmaster
23x15px Huang Bo
No Man's Land
23x15px Yeo Yann Yann
for Ilo Ilo
23x15px Blind Massage Template:Country data Hong Kong Ann Hui
for The Golden Era
23x15px Liao Fan
for Black Coal, Thin Ice
Template:Country data South Korea Bae Doona
for A Girl at My Door
23x15px Wang Zhiwen
The Golden Era
Template:Country data Japan Ikewaki Chizuru
for The Light Shines Only There

Presentation Ceremonies

See also


  1. "33 FILMS COMPETE FOR 1st ASIAN FILM AWARDS". Asian Film Awards. January 29, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  2. "‘THE HOST’ TAKES TOP HONORS AT ASIAN FILM AWARDS" (PDF). Asian Film Awards. March 20, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  3. "Introduction- Asian Film Awards". Asian Film Awards. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  4. "BERLINALE CONTENDER "I’M A CYBORG, BUT THAT’S OK" TO OPEN 2007 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". Asian Film Awards. February 13, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  5. "Trophy- Asian Film Awards". Asian Film Awards. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 

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