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Asia International Engagement Program

AACTA launched the Asia International Engagement Program in June 2017 in Shanghai. The key aim of the Program is to foster the burgeoning relationship between the film industries of Australia and its closest Asian neighbours. The Program will not only champion the skills and achievements of Asian filmmakers to audiences and industry in Australia, but will also promote Australia’s highly skilled screen practitioners to the booming industries of Asia, developing meaningful pathways for collaborations between Australia and the Asian region.

The cornerstone of the Program is the AACTA Award for Best Asian Film, recognising excellence in filmmaking throughout the Asian region. The Award reflects the growing popularity and importance of Asian films in Australia, with the growing Chinese and Indian diaspora having had a substantial impact on Australian box office and cinema trends.

The inaugural Best Asian Film Award was awarded to Indian sports drama DANGAL. Lead actress Sakshi Tanwar accepted the Award, which was presented by Best Asian Film Grand Jury President and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe at the 7th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel.

The inaugural year of the Program also saw three incredible In Conversation-style events held in Sydney. The events featured acclaimed Indian actors and members of the Best Asian Film Grand Jury Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher as well as Australian director Alex Proyas and WOLF WARRIOR II screenwriter Li Yiu.

As the Program grows, AACTA will develop a range of film forums in Australia and regionally. These forums will present a significant opportunity to share knowledge and foster cultural understanding, allowing for greater harmony and engagement between the Australian and Asian screen industries and audiences, including the growing Asian communities living in Australia and active in our local screen industry.

For any further information on the AACTA Asia International Engagement Program, please email us at info@afi.org.au.


Thank you to all the filmmakers, guilds and industry bodies who assisted in the development of the Asia International Engagement Program through industry consultation, including: Anupam Sharma from Films and Casting Temple; Franlyn Media; Tony Coombs; Margarett Cortez and Ayusa Koshi from Japan Foundation; AusFilm; Screen Australia; APSA; Australian Screen Industry Group; Adrian Danks; Chinalion Films; Cine-Asia; Eros International; Mindblowing Films; and Madman Entertainment.

Thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors.

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