The awards recognize achievements in cinematography and is open to films produced and released in the Asian Region. The Asian Film Awards are not to be confused with the Hong Kong Film Awards which have been around for over 30 years and is open to Hong Kong films only.
Awards are presented in fourteen different categories such as Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, etc. these are the "Oscars" of Asia.
Submission for nomination opens in November, nominated films are announced in January, and the winning entries are announced at the Awards ceremony in March.
It is certainly a glittery evening with prominent local and international stars, which over the years has included Jet Li, Andy Lau, Oliver Stone and Donatella Versace.
Attendance is of course by invitation only, but us commoners can catch a peek of our favourite celebrities as they arrive at the Red Carpet prior to the Awards ceremony which had previously been held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. However, starting with the 8th Award Ceremony in 2014, the event has moved next door in Macau and is expected that in the future the awards could be staged in other Asian countries.
So here's a peek at this year's nominations so you have an idea of who is likely to walk down the Red Carpet! Enjoy!
Where? The Venetian Theater, Macau
When? Thrusday March 17, 2016
|Mountains May Depart||China, France, Japan|
|The Assassin||China, Hong Kong, Taiwan|
|Three Stories of Love||Japan|
|JIA Zhangke||Mountains May Depart||China, France, Japan|
|HOU Hsiao-Hsien||The Assassin||China, Hong Kong, Taiwan|
|KORE-EDA Hirokazu||Our Little Sister||Japan|
|Guan Hu||Mr. Six||China|
|RYOO Seung-Wan||Veteran||South Korea|
|Donnie YEN||Ip Man 3||Hong Kong|
|NAGASE Masatoshi||An||France, Germany, Japan|
|FENG Xiaogang||Mr. Six||China|
|LEE Byung-Hun||Inside Men||South Korea|
|John ARCILLA||Heneral Luna||Philippines|
|ZHAO Tao||Mountains May Depart||China, France, Japan|
|SHU Qi||The Assassin||China, Hong Kong, Taiwan|
|AYASE Haruka||Our Little Sister||Japan|
|KIM Hye-Soo||Coin Locker Girl||South Korea|
|Karena LAM||Zinnia Flower||Taiwan|
For nominations in the remaining categories:
and more information, check out the official website at www.asianfilmawards.asia/.
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