The Asian World Film Festival honored Nancy Kwan, Lena Khan, Tiffany Chu, Hiroyuki Sanada, and other Asians in entertainment with awards this year.
The Executive and Program Director of the AWFF Geroge Chamchoum found this year’s event to be a great success and celebration of Asian Cinema worldwide.
“We had an enthusiastic response by filmmakers across Asian creating an international window into the talents and visions of Asian filmmakers,” Chamchoum said. “Tonight’s awards represent the very best of the festival and we are proud to spotlight these talented filmmakers. We look forward to continuing to present films which are exciting, original, exceptional and inspiring.”
The event took place from Nov. 6-14 and is currently in its fifth year. Once again, AWFF partnered with the Snow Leopard Trust to raise awareness for the endangered snow leopard and its ecosystem in the high mountains of Asia.
Actress Nancy Kwan, known for her titular role in Flower Drum Song, received the AWFF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Filmmaker Lena Khan took home the AWFF American Red Cross/Tiffany Circle Courage to Dream award.
Actress Tiffany Chu (Ms. Purple) was awarded the 2019 Snow Leopard Rising Star Award.
Actor Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) received the Snow Leopard Outstanding Cinematic Achievement Award.
The inaugural Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Snow Leopard Short Film Award was given to Suium Sulaimanova for her film My Friend – My Enemy.
Actress and co-founder of Asians in LA Nancy Yoon announced other winners of the festival in the closing ceremony. The complete list of winners included:
Snow Leopard Audience Award: “1982” (Lebanon)
Snow Leopard Best Actress Award: Arezoo Ariapoor, Fereshta Afshar, Hasiba Ebrahimi “Hava, Maryam, Aesha” (Afghanistan, Iran)
Snow Leopard Best Actor Award: Stepan Petrov in “The Sun Above Me Never Sets” (Yakutia, Russia)
Snow Leopard Jury Award – Best Director: Dito Tsintsadze for “Shindisi” (Georgia)
Snow Leopard Special Jury Award: “Aurora” (Kyrgyzstan)
Snow Leopard Best Film Award: “The Sun Above Me Never Sets” (Yakutia, Russian Federation)