Asian Film Awards

2023 date TBA

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. This schedule has been altered due to the pandemic and in the last couple of years the Awards have been hosted by the Busan International Film Festival in the Fall. The format of the 2023 Awards Ceremony is TBA.

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!

2023 Asian Film Awards Nomination List - TBA

The 2023 ceremony of 16th Asian Film Awards:

Where? TBA

When? March 2023, exact date TBA

Best Film

Film Country
Burning South Korea
Dying to SurviveChina

Best Director

Director FilmCountry
LEE Chang-dongBurningSouth Korea
Pema TsedenJinpaChina
Rajkumar HiraniSanjuIndia
Hirokazu Kore-edaShopliftersJapan
Fruit ChanThree HusbandsHong Kong

Best Actor

Nominee FilmCountry
Yoo Ah-inBurningSouth Korea
Xu ZhengDying to Survive China
Aaron KwokProject Gutenberg Hong Kong / China
Ranbir KapoorSanjuIndia
Koji YakushoThe Blood of WolvesJapan

Best Actress

Nominee FilmCountry
Zhao TaoAsh is Purest WhiteChina
Samal YeslyamovaAykaRussia / Germany / Poland / Kashakstan / China
Han Ji-MinMiss Baek South Korea
Sakura AndoShopliftersJapan
Chloe Maayan Three Husbands Hong Kong

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

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