CineAsia Wraps on Ceremonial High Note

Wang Changtian and Sunder Kimatrai
Patrick Frater

HONG KONG – After two and a half days of product reels, private screenings and technology demonstrations, the CineAsia convention wrapped in Hong Kong with an awards ceremony that honored some of the most popular film executives in Asia.

Terry Lai and Rigo Jesu, heads of Hong Kong exhibitor and distributor, Intercontinental Group, received a lifetime achievement award for distribution and loud applause.

Wang Changtian (pictured left with 20th Century Fox executive VP Sunder Kimatrai), head of Beijing Enlight Pictures, was named film-maker and producer of the year. His recent track record includes producing last December’s runaway hit “Lost In Thailand” and distribution credits for new age hits “So Young” and “American Dreams in China.”

“This year our company achieved 20% of the box office for Chinese films. Next year we will release 15 films and are aiming for 30% market share,” he said in a short and upbeat speech.

Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung Chiu-wai was also on hand to receive an award for ‘acting performance of the year” in Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster.”

Organizers, who brought in their own projectors, sound system and precision screen, said the accompanying trade show was the biggest CineAsia has ever hosted. The event will return to Hong Kong next year: Dec. 9-11, 2014.

CineAsia Awards 2013
DLP Cinema Marketing Award
SF Cinema City (Thailand)

Rentrak Asia-Pacific Box Office Achievement Award
Walt Disney Studios for “Iron Man 3” (U.S.)

Lifetime Achievement in Distribution
Terry Lai & Rigo Jesu of Intercontinental Group (Hong Kong)

Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator of the Year
Josabeth Alonso (The Philippines)

Exhibitor of the Year
Kazuhiko Seta, Toho Cinemas (Japan)

Producer & Filmmaker of the Year
Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight Pictures (China)

Acting Performance of the Year
Tony Leung Chiu-wai in “The Grandmaster” (Hong Kong-China)

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