​Vietnam to host maiden ASEAN Film Awards

The event will be held at the 20th Vietnam Film Festival

The judge panel of the 1st ASEAN Film Awards

Vietnam will organize the first-ever awards ceremony held to honor films by ASEAN directors.

The 1st ASEAN Film Awards will take place during the 20th annual Vietnam Film Festival, held from November 24 to 28 in the central city of Da Nang.

Following the inaugural awards ceremony, hosting the ASEAN Film Awards will be an honor rotated sequentially between other members of the ten-country bloc.

The event will be themed “Cinematography Connecting the ASEAN Community” as a testament to the best works of regional filmmakers and the inspiration they give newcomers to the seventh art.

The event logo
The event logo

ASEAN is a political and economic organization whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

Each ASEAN member nation will be permitted to nominate one film, produced in 2016 or 2017 and screened in the local country, for the best film award.

The event will also include a US$3,000 cash prize for the best movie. Other awards will include best director, best actor, and best actress.

The judgment panel for the event includes South Korean film producer Hyong-Joon Kim, Hong Kong director Roger Garcia, and Polish scriptwriter Karolina Bielawska.

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