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14th Asian Film Awards – Nominations 2020

We present the list of nominees for the 14th Asian Film Awards that will take place on October 14th, 2020 in Busan, South Korea. Given the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic, the awards presentation will be broadcast online. All guests and viewers will be able to watch the show on YouTube.

About Asian Film Awards:
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), together with the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival, created the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), a nonprofit organization, in 2013 to promote and develop Asian cinema and its talents. 

For the first time ever, the awards presentation will align with the Busan International Film Festival. Asian Film Awards will present 16 awards recognizing artistic and technical achievements in Asian cinema.

Lee Yong-kwan, Chairman of the Busan International Film Festival, said, “We are delighted to host the prestigious Asian Film Awards in Busan, Asia’s first UNESCO Creative City of Film. AFA14 sees its more intense competition in years since the nominees were drawn from all Asian films in 2019 and the first half of 2020. A total of 39 films from 11 countries and regions are nominated for awards. Despite limitations due to the global pandemic, we anticipate sharing the joyful moments with all award winners.”

Dr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman of AFAA and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, said, “This year, AFAA has taken a ground-breaking step to relocate the AFA14 award presentation to Busan. Though we are facing unprecedented challenges brought by the global coronavirus outbreak, we continue to do our best to connect everyone and express our commitment towards the Asian film industry. I look forward to another edition of celebration and wish AFAA continuing success in providing platforms for nurturing talents and facilitating cultural exchanges in the film industry.”

“Despite all the hardships as a result of COVID-19, we are pleased that AFA 14 will take place in Busan for the first time, and I pay my heartfelt respects and gratitude to all those who are involved. I hope that the Asian film industry will further strengthen cooperation through AFA in the future,” said Ando Hiroyasu, Chairman of Tokyo International Film Festival.

Parasite by Bong Joon-ho lead the list with 10 nominations, followed by So Long, My Son by Wang Xiaoshuai and A Sun by Chung Mong-hong, which have both been nominated in 7 categories.

Best Film
Listen to the Universe
by Kei Ishikawa– Japan
Parasite by Bong Joon-ho – South Korea
So Long, My Son by Wang Xiaoshuai – China
A Sun by Chung Mong-hong – Taiwan
Thappad by Anubhav Sinha – India
There is No Evil by Mohammad Rasoulof – Iran, Germany

Best Director
Pema Tseden
for Balloon – China
Tsai Ming Liang for Days – Taiwan
Bong Joon-ho for Parasite – South Korea
Wang Xiaoshuai for So Long, My Son – China
Chung Mong Hong for A Sun – Taiwan
Suwa Nobuhiro for Voices in the Wind – Japan

Best Actress
Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying
for her role in Happy Old Year – Thailand
Jung Yu-mi for her role in Kim Ji Young, Born 1982 – South Korea
Tsutsui Mariko for her role in A Girl Missing – Japan
Yeo Yann Yann for her role in Wet Season – Singapore, Taiwan
Yong Mei for her role in So Long, My Son – China
Zhou Dongyu for her role in Better Days – Hong Kong, China

Best Actor
Hamed Behdad
for his role in Castle of Dreams – Iran
Chen Yi Wen for his role in A Sun – Taiwan
Kubota Masataka for his role in First Love – Japan
Lee  Byung-hun for his role in The Man Standing Next – South Korea
Tai Bo for his role in Suk Suk – Hong Kong
Wang Jingchun for his role in So Long, My Son – China

Best Supporting Actress
Patra Au
for her role in Suk Suk – Hong Kong
Samantha Ko for her role in A Sun – Taiwan
Lee Jeong-eun for her role in Parasite – South Korea
Tanaka Yuko for her role in One Night – Japan
Zhou Ye for her role in Better Days – Hong Kong, China

Best Supporting Actor
Choi Woo-shik
for his role in Parasite – South Korea
Jinpa for his role in Balloon – China
Kase Ryo for his role in To the Ends of the Earth – Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar
Liu Kuan Ting for his role in A Sun – Taiwan
Ben Yuen for his role in Suk Suk – Hong Kong

Best New Director
John Hsu
for Detention – Taiwan
Lee Sang-geun for Exit – South Korea
Sharipa Urazbayeva for Mariam – Kazakhstan, Germany
Norris Wong Yee Lam for My Prince Edward – Hong Kong
Hikari for 37 Seconds – Japan
Liang Ming for Wisdom Tooth – China

Best Newcomer
Fandy Fan
for We Are Champions – Taiwan
Anong Houngheuangsy for Days – Taiwan
Kim Hye-jun for Another Child – South Korea
Konishi Sakurako for Fist Love – Japan
Jackson Yee for Better Days – Hong Kong, China

Best Screenplay
Pema Tseden
for Balloon – China
Mohammad Davoudi, Mohsen Gharaie for Castle of Dreams – Iran
Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won for Parasite – South Korea
A Mei, Wang Xiaoshuai for So Long, My Son – China
Chang Yao Sheng, Chung Mong Hong for A Sun – Taiwan

Best Editing
Zhang Yibo
for Better Days – Hong Kong, China
Yang Jin-mo for Parasite – South Korea
Lee Chatametikool for So Long, My Son – China
Lai HsiuHsiung for A Sun – Taiwan
Yasha Ramchandani for Thappad – India

Best Cinematography
Lu Songye
for Balloon – China
Girish Gangadharan for Jallikattu – India
Lim Won-geun for Time to Hunt – South Korea
Ashizawa Akiko for To the Ends of the Earth – Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar
Dong Jinsong for The Wild Goose Lake – China, France

Best Original Music
Karsh Kale, The Salvage Audio Collective
– Gully Boy – India
Prashant Pillai – Jallikattu – India
Banse Tomohiko, Grandfunk, Sawawbe Wataru – On-Gaku: Our Sound – Japan
Jung Jae-il – Parasite – South Korea
Kim Tae-sung – Svaha: the Sixth Finger – South Korea

Best Costume Design
Dora Ng
for Better Days – Hong Kong, China
Jo Sang-gyeong for Forbidden Dream – South Korea
Arjun Bhasin, Poornamrita Singh for Gully Boy – India
Pacharin Surawatanapongs for Happy Old Year – Thailand
Miyamoto Masae for Kingdom – Japan

Best Production Design
Suzanne Caplan Merwanji
for Gully Boy – India
Wenceslaus de Rozari for Gundala – Indonesia
Lee Ha-jun for Parasite – South Korea
Lv Dong for So Long, My Son – China
Gao Ang for The Wandering Earth – China

Best Visual Effects
Jin Jong-hyun
for Ashfall – South Korea
Tomi Kuo, Renovatio Pictures for Detention – Taiwan
Ootagaki Kaori for First Love – Japan
Hong Jeong-ho for Parasite – South Korea
Ding Yanlai for The Wandering Earth – China

Best Sound
Choi Tae-young
for Ashfall – South Korea
Kureishi Yoshifumi for Listen to the Universe – Japan
Choi Tae-young for Parasite – South Korea
Wang Danrong for The Wandering Earth – China
Zhang Yang for The Wild Goose Lake – China, France

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