AACTA Award For Best Asian Film
The AACTA Award for Best Asian Film, the cornerstone of AACTA’s Asia International Engagement Program, acknowledges the finest Asian films of the past twelve months, reflecting the popularity and importance of Asian films in Australia.
The growing Chinese and Indian diaspora have had a substantial impact on Australian box office and cinema trends, and films from these thriving filmmaking nations, along with those from the esteemed industries of South Korea, Japan and 15 other countries in the region, will now be honoured and celebrated, alongside Australia’s best and brightest, to an increasingly diverse Australian audience.
THE INAUGURAL AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ASIAN FILM
The inaugural Best Asian Film Award was awarded to 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.
Competition for a nomination was fierce, with a long list of eligible films from the Asian region. The long list of contenders was reviewed and judged by three Pre-Selection Committees made up of esteemed industry figures. In accordance with their knowledge and experience, each committee determined three clear nominees from a specific region – China, India and another committee that encompassed South Korea, Japan and other Asian territories.
The nine nominated films were:
- BIRDSHOT (Philippines)
- DANGAL (India) – WINNER
- I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (China)
- KAASAV: TURTLE (India)
- OUR TIME WILL COME (China)
- PINK (India)
- TRAIN TO BUSAN (South Korea)
- WOLF WARRIOR II (China)
- YOUR NAME (Japan)
The winner of the Award was determined by a Grand Jury of highly regarded film industry leaders from around the world, led by Oscar® and multiple AFI | AACTA Award-winning actor Russell Crowe. Read more about the members of the Best Asian Film Grand Jury here.
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