Osaka Fest Rewards Philippines, Korea Titles

HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma.

The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its integrity for pushing boundaries.” The film is the story of a tomboy call center operative and an openly gay co-worker.

The festival (March 7-16, 2014) had an 11 title competition section and played 43 films in total.

Other prizes went to Korea’s Ha Jung-woo, director of “Fasten Your Seatbelt” as most promising new talent; a special mention to anther Philippines director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo for “Anita’s Last Cha Cha,” and to Hong Kong’s Carina Lau as best actress, in “Bends.”

The audience award went to “Kano,” the Taiwanese period film about a Taiwanese baseball team that beat Japanese occupying forces in the 1930s, and which had been set as the festival’s opening picture.

More Film

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'The Dark Knight' and More Superhero Films that Wowed Fans and Critics

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

  • Piotr Sliwowski to Head $70 Million

    Piotr Sliwowski to Head $70 Million Polish Moviemaking Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

  • Boban Marjanovic Clippers

    Clippers Center Boban Marjanović Aims to Stand Out in Hollywood

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

  • 'The Dark Knight' Set for 10th

    'The Dark Knight' Set for 10th Anniversary IMAX Re-Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

  • LeBron James Fans toss confetti to

    NBA's Media All-Stars: The Athletes Making Moves in Hollywood

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

  • Durban FilmMart Builds Bridges Between African,

    Durban FilmMart Builds Bridges Between African, Int’l. Markets

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

  • Durban Fest Gets Opening Night Fright

    Durban Fest Gets Opening Night Fright with ‘Tokoloshe’

    HONG KONG – The Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan wrapped on Sunday with its top prize going to “Shift” by Philippines director Siege Ledesma. The jury said that films from South Korea and The Philippines stood out, and that it had awarde the Grand Prize to “Shift” for the “its simplicity, honestly and its […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content