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!

2017 Asian Film Awards Nomination List

Where? The Hong Kong Cultural Centre

When? Tuesday March 21, 2017

Best Film

Film Country
The WailingSouth Korea
The Age Of ShadowsSouth Korea
I Am Not Madame BovaryChina

Best Director

Director FilmCountry
NA Hong-jinThe WailingSouth Korea
FUKADA KojiHarmoniumJapan
Derek TSANGSoul MateHong Kong, China
FENG XiaogangI Am Not Madame BovaryChina
Lav DIAZThe Woman Who LeftPhilippines

Best Actor

Nominee FilmCountry
Michael HUIGodspeedTaiwan
GONG YooTrain to BusanSouth Korea
ASANO TadanobuHarmonium Japan
FAN WeiMr. No ProblemChina
Richie JENTrivisaHong Kong

Best Actress

Nominee FilmCountry
SON Ye-jinThe Last PrincessSouth Korea
FAN BingbingI Am Not Madame BovaryChina
KUROKI HaruA Bride for Rip Van Winkle Japan
Kara WAIHappinessHong Kong
Charo SANTOS_CONCIOThe Woman Who LeftPhilippines

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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