Asian Film Awards
|Asian Film Awards|
|12th Asian Film Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in cinematic achievements|
|Location||Hong Kong, China|
|Presented by||Hong Kong International Film Festival Society|
On January 29, 2007, Wilfred Wong, the Chairman of Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, announced the launch of the Asian Film Awards (AFA). The 1st Asian Film Awards occurred on March 20, 2007, on the opening night of the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It honoured the best film achievements of the Asian cinema in the year 2006. It was attended by about 4000 guests from around the world.
The AFA Presentation Ceremony takes place as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong Opening Gala. Eminent filmmakers and superstars from around the world are invited to bestow awards upon the winner(s) of each category, making the ceremony a dazzling extravaganza as well as an influential cultural event.
Throughout its history and since its inauguration in 2007, Chinese-language films and professionals from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have dominated the awards. This lack of diversity has been criticized.
On February 13, 2007, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council hosted a celebration of the I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK announcement of being the opening film for the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival at a reception in Berlin. At the same event the AFA trophy, designed by award-winning production designer, William Chang, was also unveiled.
According to William Chang, his inspiration behind the artwork was his admiration to a combination of architectural drawings and his own collection of antique statues. Measuring 36 cm (14 in), the trophy symbolises the joy and the accomplishment of all the award winners.
The current trophy is gold as a whole but had changed significantly before. The first trophies that were handed in 2007 has its trophy in black with a white base. In the 2nd AFA, the current gold colour was used as whole but in 2009 for its 3rd AFA instead of a gold base, it has a black base. Then in 2010, the whole gold trophy had returned and now used nowadays.
Eligibility, nominations and voting
To be eligible, films must be feature length (more than 60 minutes); be in 35mm or 70mm film format or digital format suitable for exhibition in cinemas; and be fiction films from Asia. This encompasses all the cinemas of Asia: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia. Additionally, the films must have English subtitles.
The films must have been released between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceding the awards ceremony, and have been exhibited through a domestic theatrical release and distribution to at least one other country; been premiered at an international film festival; or received national film awards.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society compile the preliminary nomination list with the participation of the two parties who can submit films for the consideration to be included in the nomination list which are:
- the Asian Film Awards Official Submission Organisations are composed of recognised film organizations from different Asian territories. Each Official Submission Organisation can submit up to three films to represent their territory.
- the Asian Film Awards Jury is composed of film professionals from around the world. Each Jury Member can recommend up to two additional nominations in each Category.
After the Society finalised the nomination list, the Jury and the Voting Members (composed of previous winners from past AFA) would then vote in an Online Balloting System where it would be counted, tallied and kept confidential until the day of the AFA by a reputable firm of certified public accountants.
- Best Film: since 2007
- Best Director: since 2007
- Best Actor: since 2007
- Best Actress: since 2007
- Best Supporting Actor: since 2008
- Best Supporting Actress: since 2008
- Best Newcomer: since 2009
- Best Screenwriter *: since 2007
- Best Cinematographer *: since 2007
- Best Production Designer *: since 2007
- Best Composer *: since 2007
- Best Editor *: since 2007
- Best Visual Effects: since 2007
- Best Costume Designer *: since 2010
These special awards are not always presented on a consistent annual basis. The Society chooses the special awards to be given for a certain year.
- Asian Film Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Asian Cinema: since 2007
- Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema *: since 2007
- Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia Award *: since 2007
- Lifetime Achievement Award: since 2008
- The Edward Yang New Talent Award: since 2008
- The Asian Film Award for Top-Grossing Film Director: since 2009
- The Asian Film Award for Top-Grossing Asian Film: since 2011
- Award for the Promotion of Asian Cinema: since 2011
People's Choice Awards
- People's Choice for the Best Asian Film: 2009 (defunct)
- People's Choice for Best Actor *: since 2010
- People's Choice for Best Actress *: since 2010
^* The asterisk indicates the awards that were renamed for a certain Asian Film Awards Presentation Ceremony. Their first and original names are used in this list.
Major award winners
- "33 FILMS COMPETE FOR 1st ASIAN FILM AWARDS". Asian Film Awards. January 29, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "'THE HOST' TAKES TOP HONORS AT ASIAN FILM AWARDS" (PDF). Asian Film Awards. March 20, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "Introduction- Asian Film Awards". Asian Film Awards. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "Nominees & Winners". Asian Film Awards. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- "ASIAN FILM AWARDS DOMINATED BY CHINESE". Macau Daily Times. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- "'Blind Massage' The Big Winner as China Dominates Asian Film Awards". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- "'Madame Bovary' Takes Top Prize at Asian Film Awards". Variety. March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- "Asian Film Awards Honor Best of the Region's Filmmaking". Variety. March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- "Asian Film Awards: 'Youth' Wins Top Prize From 'Demon Cat'". Variety. March 17, 2018.
- "BERLINALE CONTENDER "I'M A CYBORG, BUT THAT'S OK" TO OPEN 2007 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". Asian Film Awards. February 13, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "Trophy- Asian Film Awards". Asian Film Awards. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.