Asian Film Awards

March 10, 2024

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. It originated in Hong Kong, but is held in different Asian locations such as Busan and Macao, to reflect its reach across the region. This year, it celebrates the 16th edition.

Presenters at the 9th Asian Film Awards Ceremony
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 sixteen different categories such as Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, etc. these are the "Oscars" of Asia.

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 takes place in Hong Kong, in next door Macau or as in last year's presentation in Busan. It is expected that in the future the awards could be staged in other Asian cities.

Submission for nomination opens in November, nominated films are announced in January, and the winning entries are announced at the Awards ceremony in March or April.

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!

2024 Asian Film Awards Nomination List

The 2024 ceremony of 17th Asian Film Awards:

Where? Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District

When? March 10, 2024

30 films from 22 regions and countries have been shortlisted for 81 nominations to compete for 16 awards at the 16th Asian Film Awards. The prestigious line up of nominees from around Asia includes five Hong Kong films including Where the Wind Blows, Anita, A Light Never Goes Out, Warriors of Future and The Sparring Partner.

Best Film

Film Country
12.12: The DaySouth Korea
Evil Does Not ExistJapan
ParadiseSri Lanka/India
Perfect DaysJapan
Snow LeopardChina

Best Director

Director FilmCountry
KIM Sung-soo12.12: The DaySouth Korea
GU XiaogangDwelling by the West LakeChina
HAMAGUCHI RyusukeEvil Does Not ExistJapan
KORE-EDA HirokazuMonsterJapan
Prasanna VITHANAGEParadiseSri Lanka/India

Best Actor

Nominee FilmCountry
HWANG Jung-min12.12: The DaySouth Korea
WU Kang-RenAbang AdikMalaysia
SHEN TengFull River RedChina
YAKUSHO KojiPerfect DaysJapan
Tony LEUNG Chiu WaiThe GoldfingerHong Kong/China

Best Actress

Nominee FilmCountry
JIANG QinqinDwelling by the West LakeChina
JUNG Yu-miSleepSouth Korea
ZHOU DongyuThe Breaking IceChina/Singapore
Audrey LINTrouble GirlTaiwan

For nominations in the remaining categories:

  • Best New Director
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Screenwriter
  • Best Cinematographer
  • Best Production Designer
  • Best Original Music
  • Best Editor
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Costume Designer
  • Best Sound

...and more information, check out the official website at

Asian Film Award Trophy

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