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Three Festivals Line Up Behind Asian Film Awards Relaunch

BERLIN — The heads of the Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo film festivals have joined forces to create the Asian Film Awards Academy, a new body which will take over the running of the annual Asian Film Awards show.

The AFAs will this year shift from Hong Kong, where they have been located for the past seven years, to Macau. The ceremony will be held at the House of Dancing Water theater at the City of Dreams casino resort.

The AFA Academy is headed by Wilfred Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society; Lee Yong-kwan; director of the Busan International Film Festival and Yasushi Shiina, director general of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

“The new attempt and changes to the organization of the AFAs, with the combined effort of Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo International Film Festivals, will transcend barriers and borders and play an important part in pan-Asian development and the globalization of Asian cinemas,” said Busan’s Lee in a prepared statement.

Additional members including representatives of other festivals in Asia, could be included as the AFA Academy develops, Wong said.

Director and producer Peter Chan Ho-sun (pictured) was named as president of the jury that will chose the awards winners this year.

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