33 FILMS COMPETE FOR 1st ASIAN FILM AWARDS
Hong Kong to host star-studded event on March 20th 2007

Hong Kong, January 29, 2007 – Mr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, announced today the launch of the ASIAN FILM AWARDS (AFA) which will take place on March 20th 2007, on the opening night of the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). Organized by the HKIFF and held in conjunction with Entertainment Expo, the ASIAN FILM AWARDS will honor the best of Asian cinema over the past year, including filmmakers with outstanding career achievements and emerging artists who demonstrate extraordinary talent in the field of cinema.

Awards will recognize films and filmmakers from all over Asia – from Iran to China to India – in ten categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenwriter, Best Cinematographer, Best Production Designer, Best Composer, Best Editor and Best Visual Effects. A jury of 17 film professionals, whose experiences and expertise in cinema are internationally recognized (filmmakers, key personnel from international film festivals, and industry experts from all over the world) have screened over 700 eligible films produced in the region in 2006. Up to six nominees in each category have been selected and the nominations are listed below. AFA winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on March 20th 2007.

“With more than 4 billion people in Asia – 60% of the global population – a celebration of the Asian cinema is long overdue” stated Mr. Wong. “We aim to make the AFA the most prominent and definitive film awards for the region by highlighting excellence in Asian filmmaking and by bringing broader attention to the rich and diverse stories and storytellers from all over Asia today.”

With Asian cinema reaching wider audiences through international film festivals and distribution, the region has increasingly influenced trends in cinema worldwide. Hong Kong’s position as one of Asia’s preeminent filmmaking hubs and a major film industry gateway to Asia makes it the ideal location for this pioneering and visionary event.

The star-studded red-carpet gala and award ceremony will be broadcast throughout Asia. AFA is currently in negotiation with major TV outlets for international broadcast throughout Asia. The gala’s presenters and performing acts as well as the design of the AFA trophy will be forthcoming.

 

Official Make-up:

 
 

AFA NOMINATIONS – in alphabetical order:
www.asianfilmawards.org

 

Gordon CHAN

Hong Kong

Chairman

Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild

Tsuguhiko KADOKAWA

Japan

Director General

Tokyo International Film Festival

Peter LAM

Hong Kong

Chairman

Hong Kong Chamber of Films Limited

LAW Kar

Hong Kong

Former Programmer

Hong Kong International Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Archive

Marco MUELLER

Italy

Director

La Biennale di Venezia

NG See-yuen

Hong Kong

Chairman

Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers

Nansun SHI

Hong Kong

Member

Hong Kong Film Development Council

Johnnie TO

Hong Kong

Film Director

Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd

Raymond WONG

Hong Kong

Chairman

Movie Producers and Distributors Association of Hong Kong Ltd.(MPDA)

Manfred WONG

Hong Kong

Chairman

Hong Kong Film Awards Association

Raymond YIP

Hong Kong

Assistant Executive Director

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

LI Qian-kuan

Chinese mainland

Chairman

China Film Foundation

 
Panel Consultant (in alphabetical order)

Wouter BARENDRECHT

International

Co-Chairman

Fortissimo Film Sales

Kanako HAYASHI

Japan

Director

TOKYO FILMeX

HUANG Jianxin

Chinese mainland

Chairman

China Film Directors’ Guild

OH Jung-wah

South Korea

President & Film Producer

b.o.m. Film Productions

Winnie TSANG

Hong Kong

Managing Director

Golden Scene Company Limited

Norman WANG

International

Shanghai Noodle Company Ltd.

Pearl WONG

Hong Kong

General Manager

yU & co.

 
Japan Representative

Charlie HAU

Japan

 

The Jury (in alphabetical order)

AN Cheong-sook

South Korea

Chairperson

Korean Film Council

Peggy CHIAO

Taiwan, Chinese mainland

Film Critic / Producer

ARC Light Films

Roger GARCIA

US

Film Critic / Executive Producer

Cinepod Productions

HUANG Jianxin

Chinese mainland

Chairman

China Film Directors’ Guild

Shozo ICHIYAMA

Japan

Program Director

TOKYO FILMeX

Christian JEUNE

France

Director of Film Department

Festival De Cannes

KIM Ji-seok

South Korea

Programmer

Pusan International Film Festival

Peter LOEHR

Chinese mainland, US

Producer / Managing Director – China

Creative Artists Agency China

Marco MUELLER

Italy

Director

La Biennale di Venezia

NG See-yuen

Hong Kong

Chairman

Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers

Tony RAYNS

International

Film Critic / Programmer

Kong RITHDEE

Thailand

Film Critic

Bangkok Post

Meenakshi SHEDDE

India

Film Critic / Editor

Arts and Culture, DNA

Christoph TERHECHTE

Germany

Director

Forum, Berlinale

Sozo TERUOKA

Japan

Programming Director

Tokyo International Film Festival

Jacob WONG

Hong Kong

Curator

Hong Kong International Film Festival

XIE Fei

Chinese mainland

Film Director / Vice Chairman

China Film Association

 
 

AFA ADVISORS & JURY

Honorary Advisors

1.

Mr. Gordon Chan

Chairman, Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild, Hong Kong

2.

Mr. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa

Director General, Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan

3.

Mr. Peter Lam

Chairman, Hong Kong Chamber of Films Limited,
Hong Kong

4.

Mr. Law Kar

Former Programmer,
Hong Kong International Film Festival and
Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong

5.

Mr. Li Qian Kuan

Chairman, China Film Foundation, Chinese mainland

6.

Mr. Marco Mueller

Director, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

7.

Mr. Ng See Yuen

Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers,
Hong Kong

8.

Ms. Nansun Shi

Member, Hong Kong Film Development Council,
Hong Kong

9.

Mr. Raymond Wong

Chairman, Movie Producers and Distributors Asso.
Of Hong Kong Ltd. (MPDA), Hong Kong

10.

Mr. Johnnie TO

Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd

11.

Mr. Manfred Wong

Chairman, Hong Kong Film Awards Association,
Hong Kong

12.

Mr. Raymond Yip

Assistant Executive Director,
Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong

 

 

 

Panel Consultants

1.

Mr. Wouter Barendrecht

Co-Chairman, Fortissimo Film Sales, International

2.

Ms. Kanako Hayashi

Director, TOKYO FILMeX, Japan

3.

Mr. Huang Jianxin

Chairman, China Film Directors’ Guild,
Chinese mainland

4.

Ms. Oh Jung Wan

President & Film Producer, b.o.m. film productions,
South Korea

5.

Ms. Winnie Tsang

Managing Director, Golden Scene Company Limited, Hong Kong

6.

Mr. Norman Wang

Shanghai Noodle Company Ltd., International

7.

Ms. Pearl Wong

General Manager, yU+co, Hong Kong

 

 

 

The Jury

1.

Ms. An Cheong Sook

Chairperson, Korean Film Council, South Korea

2.

Ms. Peggy Chiao

Film Critic/Producer, ARC Light Films,
Taiwan / Chinese mainland

3.

Mr. Huang Jianxin

Chairman, China Film Director's Guild,
Chinese mainland

4.

Mr. Roger Garcia

Film Critic/Executive Producer, Cinepod Productions, US

5.

Mr. Shozo Ichiyama

Program Director, TOKYO FILMeX, Japan

6.

Mr. Christian Jeune

Director of Film Department, Festival De Cannes, France

7.

Mr. Kim Ji-seok

Programmer, Pusan International Film Festival,
South Korea

8.

Mr. Peter Loehr

Producer/Managing Director,
Creative Artists Agency China,
Chinese mainland / US

9.

Mr. Marco Mueller

Director, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

10.

Mr. Ng See Yuen

Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers,
Hong Kong

11.

Mr. Tony Rayns

Film Critic/Programmer, International

12.

Mr. Kong Rithdee

Film Critic, Bangkok Post, Thailand

13.

Ms. Meenakshi Shedde

Film Critic/Editor, Arts and Culture, DNA, India

14.

Mr. Christoph Terhechte

Director, Forum, Berlinale, Germany

15.

Mr. Sozo Teruoka

Programming Director, Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan

16.

Mr. Jacob Wong

Curator, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong

17.

Mr. Xie Fei

Film Director/Vice Chairman, China Film Association, Chinese mainland

 
 

THE SOCIETY
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society is a non-profit, non-government organization which develops, promotes and encourages creativity in the art and culture of film through the presentation of the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). Apart from organizing the flagship event HKIFF each year, the Society is also committed to organize regular programs and other film culture activities throughout the year, in order to promote the art and creative business of cinema, with an international dimension and outlook.

HKIFF (March 20--April 11)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival’s first nine days (March 20-28) focus mainly on world film premieres and on planned activities for industry players, the press and guests from around the world. The program for the remainder of the festival (March 29-April 11), will center on selected films meant to appeal more to Hong Kong viewers.

Hong Kong Asia Screenings (HAS), March 20-23, will be a special feature of the 2007 festival. HAS was set up to help young Asian film directors and companies. Some of their entries will be promoted at FILMART/HAF. Thirty Asian films will be screened this year, including some completed HAF films. Among these, some 10 new Chinese productions will be featured in a section called Chinese Renaissance.


HAF (March 20-22, 2007)
HAF is a film project market that helps promising Asian filmmakers find partners to finance their films. A three-day event, HAF provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to discuss their projects in private with film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors, buyers and other film-related businesses.

Most HAF projects have been successfully produced. The films resulting from the projects have been shown at festivals around the world, including Cannes, Venice and Toronto.

FILMART (March 20-23, 2007)
FILMART is Asia's largest cross-media entertainment market for film, TV, animation, digital entertainment, film & broadcasting equipment, post-production services and filming locations. FILMART is an ideal platform for industry people to promote themselves, network with others and strike deals.

FILMART 2007 will continue to showcase cross-media products under various themes, including "Animation and Digital Entertainment World", "Equipment & Post-production Services World", the new "TV World" and "Locations World". A variety of seminars, business matching meetings and networking functions has been arranged for industry players.

ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (March 20-April 15, 2007)
All four events – AFA, HKIFF, HAF and FILMART– will be held under the banner of the third Entertainment Expo, which will showcase film, digital entertainment, music and TV under one roof. Other Expo events include: Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA), Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF), Hong Kong Music Fair (HKMF), IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award, and the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards (IFVA).