CinemAsia announces Award Winners of its tenth edition
Sunday the twelfth of March the Closing Cermony of the tenth edition of CinemAsia was held in Kriterion, Amsterdam. The winner of the Tiger Beert Jury Award is DIAMOND ISLAND by Davy Chou. The first CinemAsia Student Jury awarded MAD WORLD by debuting director Wong Chun.
DIAMOND ISLAND by Cambodian director Davy Chou won the Tiger Beer Jury Award 2017. In this competition eight films competed for the award, along with a cashprize of €1000, sponsored by Tiger Beer. The jury, consisting of film industry veteran Esther Bannenberg, film critic Ronal Rovers (Trouw, De Filmkrant) and APPRENTICE-producer Raymond Phathanavirangoon wrote in their jury rapport: “This sublime, understated feature debut explores a young man’s journey into the heart of the city combining a dreamlike rhythm with the harshness of daily survival. A tale of love lost and wisdom won.” Because Davy Chou couldn’t make it to the Closing Ceremony he send a heartfelt video message from Cambodia to thank the festival, jury and the CinemAsia audience for their support.
This year besides the Tiger Beer Jury Award, CinemAsia presented the brand new Student Jury Award. Three students from different backgrounds saw five films by debuting directors and awarded a price to Wong Chun for his film MAD WORLD. Jury members Mira-Lika Gutsche, Gwyneth Sleutel and Andrea Casari wrote: “the struggle of day to day life is really well conveyed and every character manages to show their most human side allowing the viewer to form an empathic connection with them.”
During the festival visitors of CinemAsia also acts as judges. Their rating for the CinemAsia films influence the winner of the audience choice award in the categories ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Documentary’. Alankrita Shrivastava’s LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA, a feminist comedy banned in India, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film in Amsterdam. The Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary was awarded to SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN by Baby Ruth Villarama.
Outside competitions CinemAsia offered room for Asian film classics presented by Dutch cultural icons with an affinity for Asia. In an extensive LGBTQ-program, held in a packed Pakhuis de Zwijger panel members intimately discussed the proposed bill for equal marriage rights in Taiwan. During the CinemAsia industry program proffessionals of the Dutch film industry debated sensitive issues surrounding representation in film. The program was preceded by the screening of two FilmLab productions. CinemAsia’s FilmLab is a platform for aspiring filmmakers to tell their stories of the Asian diaspora in the Netherlands through film. CinemAsia closed her tenth festival edition with the screening of Zhang Lu’s A QUIET DREAM.
CinemAsia director Lorna Tee: “CinemAsia celebrated our 10th edition with not just a great line up of films, but also amazing programmes that created meaningful dialogues and exchanges, between not just lovers of asian cinema, but beyond. The next 10 editions will be bigger, bolder and more beautiful as we enter the next chapter of our festival to do more to stimulate the understanding and cooperation between The Netherlands and Asia through cinema.”