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Asian World Film Festival Adds East West Artists’ Jaeson Ma as Director of International Relations

Asian World Film Festival Adds East West Artists’ Jaeson Ma as Director of International Relations

The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF), which is dedicated to bringing the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles, has added East
West Artists (EWA) Co-Founder Jaeson Ma as Director of International Relations. The Festival slate will consist of select foreign language films that have
been officially submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) as their country’s Oscar® hopeful and those submitted to the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for Golden Globe consideration.

AWFF has also enlisted several notable industry executives for its Honorary
Board, including former studio executive Teddy Zee and Carolco Pictures executive producer Mario Kassar (“Rambo,” “Basic Instinct”) as well as the former Mayor
of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. With The Wrap serving as the official media partner, AWFF will take place October 26-November 2, 2015 and will be based at
ArcLight Cinema in downtown Culver City and the luxury iPic Theaters in Westwood.

After recently teaming up with Ma on “The Shack,” starring Octavia Spencer, Sumire and Sam Worthington, producer Lani Netter secured Ma, recognizing his
ability as a strategic consultant and producer, cultivating global Asian talents at EWA, (which is in partnership with Untitled Entertainment), and since
his expertise directly aligns with AWFF’s goal of drawing greater recognition to an underrepresented region of talent and filmmakers.

Jaeson Ma is an ideal partner and asset to AWFF because of his long established relationships with the Hollywood and Asian filmmaking industries. He’s a
trusted ally and invaluable addition,” said Netter, who serves as the Festival’s Director of Development and Philanthropy.

On joining the AWFF Board, Ma shared, “AWFF will showcase films and talents from the fastest growing region for entertainment, which is very exciting.
There are many incredible films in Asia that are not realized by the international marketplace but now they have a fighting chance to be recognized and
celebrated at the highest level through AWFF.”

The Festival’s Advisory Board welcomed producer Stefan Brunner, Shoreline Entertainment producer, Alex Flores, producer Medha Jaishankar, Emmy-winning TV
and film director Jeremy Kagan, Igor Kokarev, scholar and expert on Soviet and American Film History, producer Brad Littlefield, producer and Founder and
CEO of the Hollywood Film Academy Gia Noortas, South Korean film producer Keon-Seop Park, producer Eliyas Qureshi, producer Nick N. Raslan and Thomas
Small, writer and Cultural Affairs Commissioner to the City of Culver City.

I’m excited to announced that I will be joining a great group including His Royal Highness Prince Gharios of Ghassan, Hany Haddad, immediate Past Chair of Board of
Directors at the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Lebanese philanthropist Maya Ibrahim, Amin Maalouf, best-selling author and member of the French
Academy, Oscar®-winning producer Andre Morgan (Million Dollar Baby), director George Ovashvili, Hon. Roy Paul, judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles
County, South Korean film producer and distributor Chul Shin, community leader and Co-Founder of the Hollywood Schoolhouse, Ferris Wehbe,
Weissman/Markovitz Communications Chairman and Co-Founder Murray Weissman and Korean activist and public figure Grace Yoo, to serve on this year’s
Honorary Board.
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 ArcLight Cinema and the iPic Theater and with the closing
night Festival Awards presented along with the closing night film on Monday, November 2. 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 announced.

Films that will be accepted by the Festival include those from the 50 countries recognized by the Academy and HFPA. Priority will be given to those in the
Best Foreign Language Film categories at the 88th Academy Awards and 73rd Golden Globes. In rare cases, the Asian World Film Festival will consider other
outstanding films that are not in contention for the Oscars® or Golden Globes, but which have received critical acclaim on the international film festival
circuit. More detailed guidelines are available at www.asianworldfilmfest.org/submissions.

The prizes given out are of significant value to enhance the awards campaign and will feature top prizes for Best Film, Jury Selection and Audience awards
including The Wrap’s Awards Special Screening Series and full page ads in the Foreign Film and Oscar Wrap issues valued at over $50,000.

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