Asian Film Awards

The Asian Film Awards is one of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society flagship events, a fairly new programme launched in 2007 but is gradually gaining prominence in the film making industry.

Presenters at the 9th Asian Film Awards Ceremony

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!

2016 Asian Film Awards Nomination List

Where? The Venetian Theater, Macau

When? Thrusday March 17, 2016

Best Film

Film Country
Mountains May Depart China, France, Japan
The AssassinChina, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Bajirao MastaniIndia
Three Stories of LoveJapan
Mr. SixChina
VeteranSouth Korea

Best Director

Director FilmCountry
JIA ZhangkeMountains May DepartChina, France, Japan
HOU Hsiao-HsienThe AssassinChina, Hong Kong, Taiwan
KORE-EDA HirokazuOur Little SisterJapan
Guan HuMr. SixChina
RYOO Seung-WanVeteranSouth Korea

Best Actor

Nominee FilmCountry
Donnie YENIp Man 3Hong Kong
NAGASE MasatoshiAnFrance, Germany, Japan
FENG XiaogangMr. SixChina
LEE Byung-HunInside MenSouth Korea
John ARCILLAHeneral LunaPhilippines

Best Actress

Nominee FilmCountry
ZHAO TaoMountains May DepartChina, France, Japan
SHU QiThe AssassinChina, Hong Kong, Taiwan
AYASE HarukaOur Little Sister Japan
KIM Hye-SooCoin Locker GirlSouth Korea
Karena LAMZinnia FlowerTaiwan

For nominations in the remaining categories:

  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Screenwriter
  • Best Cinematographer
  • Best Production Designer
  • Best Composer
  • Best Editor
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Costume Designer

and more information, check out the official website at

Asian Film Award Trophy

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