Inaugural AACTA Asian Film Prize Spans Commercial Hits and Art House Gems

Smash hits “Dangal,” “Train to Busan,” “Your Name” and “Wolf Warriors II” are among the films nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ best Asian film award. The prize is being presented for the first time by AACTA.

The other five nominees include two more from India: “Pink,” and “Kaasav: Turtle”; two more from China: “Our Time Will Come” and “I Am Not Madame Bovary”; and The Philippines’ foreign-language Oscar contender “Birdshot.”

The winner will be selected by a jury headed by Russell Crowe, and announced at the AACTA ceremony in Sydney on Dec. 6.

“The caliber, range and diversity of Asian cinema is extraordinary and this new award sets up a very unique framework to recognize these films, connecting Asian-Australian filmgoers and the broader Australian audience with more Asian cinema, and vice versa,” said Crowe in a prepared statement.

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