The first-ever festival dedicated to helping foreign films with Golden Globe, Oscar® and awards season recognition will be held October 27-November 2, 2015
in Los Angeles, California. The program will consist of invited foreign language films that have been officially submitted to the Academy as their
country’s Oscar® hopeful and those submitted to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
to the region’s wealth of filmmakers from 50 countries across Asia, spanning from Turkey to Japan and Russia to India, strengthening ties and
helping to foster cross-cultural collaboration between Hollywood and the booming Asian filmmaking industry.
full-swing with its distinct vision allowing filmmakers to have the unique chance to be guided through the challenging awards season, showcasing
their foreign films submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) for Oscar® consideration, The Hollywood Foreign Press
Association (HFPA) for Golden Globe consideration and all Guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention and recognition. The HFPA will recognize
these as the required official screening for their members.
“As a foreign filmmaker from Kyrgyzstan, I understand first-hand what invaluable tools these awards are and that is why we created this Asian World
Film Festival. It is the first and only of its kind and these unique attributes will really help get these talented filmmakers the recognition that
is needed in the competitive race that is awards season,” says Sher-Niyaz.
Founded by Sher-Niyaz, the festival adds Emmy and multiple award-winning
director Georges Chamchoum as the Executive Festival & Programming
Director, Nadine Jolson as Director of Communications and
producer Lani Netter as the festival’s Director of Development and
AWFF will open with a red carpet awards gala on Monday, October 26, recognizing celebrities and well-known foreign talent and filmmakers who have been
major contributors throughout the Asian World film community, followed by seven days of films at Landmark Theaters. Throughout the week there will also
be expert panels on subjects like film financing, distribution, PR, marketing and awards campaigns, editing for a global audience and more to be
The festival will close with a cocktail party, closing night film and festival awards presentation featuring top prizes for Best Film, Jury Selection
and Audience awards include TheWrap’s Awards Special Screening Series and full page ads in the Foreign Film and OscarWrap issues. AWFF is supported by
patrons from the Los Angeles Asian Communities and focuses on people who love cinema, especially foreign and independent films.