Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards (AFA) celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of the region. Awards night is a spectacular gathering of celebrities, industry professionals and the media that highlights and publicizes the year’s achievements in Asian movies. Held in Hong Kong for the past seven years, the 8th move to one of Asia’s fastest growing entertainment hubs, Macau. With this historic move, the AFA moves one step closer to its long-term plan of being held in different cities of Asia and reflecting its broad reach across the entire region.
Since the 4th AFA in 2010, DotAsia has been a technical partner for the awards supporing the production of the official website — www.asianfilmawards.asia — as well as online screening for overseas jury members and an online voting system for millions of fans voting around the world for their favourite actors and actresses. In 2013, DotAsia’s role has expanded as Asian Film Awards’ Honorary Secretariat. With utmost importance in its contribution to the AFA, it carries out the diverse day to day operation of the academy ranging from establishing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders, administrative operation and event management.
Established in Hong Kong in late 2013, the Asian Film Awards Academy aims to promote and develop Asian cinema, its talents and audiences. In an unprecedented landmark collaboration, the three long-established and major international film festivals in Asia, that is Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo have joined together as the founding members of the Asian Film Awards Academy. Together, they will provide an impact and influence that will promote Asian cinema through the annual flagship Asian Film Awards, and year-round initiatives such as professional exchanges, mentorship and development programmes for young filmmakers, and strategies for regional and international audience development.
Asian Film Awards Academy members will come from all over Asia. They will be drawn from all past nominees and winners at the Asian Film Awards. Additional members who are prominent in their field may also be inducted into the Asian Film Awards Academy. Members will be given voting rights for the Asian Film Awards and also participate in various Academy activities around the region. The Asian Film Awards Academy expresses the increasing global importance and creative strength of the cinemas of Asia and will help to unite the industries and talents of this fast-growing region.