Asian Film Awards

The Venetian Macau - March 17, 2018

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
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 fifteen 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 is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre or alternatively next door in Macau at The Venetian. It 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!

2018 Asian Film Awards Nomination List

Where? The Venetian Macau

When? Saturday March 17, 2018

Best Film

Film Country
Angels Wear White China, France
The Day AfterSouth Korea
The Third MurderJapan

Best Director

Director FilmCountry
CHEN KaigeLegend of the Demon CatChina
Silvia CHANGLove EducationTaiwan
Ann HUIOur Time Will ComeHong Kong
HONG Sang-sooThe Day AfterSouth Korea
Yuya ISHIIIThe Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of BlueJapan

Best Actor

Nominee FilmCountry
KIM Yun-seok1987: When the Day ComesSouth Korea
Sukollawat KANAROTMalila: The Farewell Flower Thailand
Rajkummar RAONewton India
Louis KOOParadox Hong Kong
DUAN YihongThe Looming Storm China

Best Actress

Nominee FilmCountry
Yu AOIBirds Without NamesJapan
Sylvia CHANGLove EducationChina / Taiwan
Marsha TIMOTHYMarlina the Murderer in Four Acts Indonesia
KIM Min-heeThe Day AfterSouth Korea
ZHOU Dongyu This Is Not What I Expected China

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 Composer
  • Best Editor
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Costume Designer

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

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