Best Film, Best Director and Best Performer

After six days full of the best of contemporary Asian cinema and more, the 11th edition of the CinemAsia Film Festival will officially come to an end on Sunday March 11th 2018. The festival will be concluded in style with a special closing night event, which will feature the screening of the film A BETTER TOMORROW 2018. The film shall be preceded by the award ceremony of the Jury and Student Award.

The winner of the jury award will be handed out by a distinguished panel of jury members, who will chose the film that fulfils the criteria of the Competition Section, with an emphasis on the vision and voice of the filmmaker.

The Competition nominees will compete for Best Film, Best Director and Best Performer. The last two awards have been newly created this year to honour filmmakers with outstanding creativity, and to raise European awareness of the huge pool of acting talent in Asia.

This year the CinemAsia Film Festival Jury is formed by writer and director Joko Anwar alongside with prominent Dutch film director Martin Koolhoven and film festival programmer Vanja Kaludjercic.

Best Film – Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya)

Entertaining and highly suspenseful, this movie has surprised us with its clever and refreshing take on the heist genre. The director has demonstrated exceptional talent in filmmaking, taking us into the complex world of academia and corruption, while never ceasing to be sharp-witted and laugh-out-loud funny. The jury has decided to give CinemAsia best movie award of 2018 to Bad Genius directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya.

Best Director – JANG Joon-hwan (1987: When the Day Comes)

This director effortlessly juggles between many different characters and story lines, always keeping the pace up furiously. The action, the romance, the suspenseful scenes as well as the touches of comedy; it all works and blends into a compelling story about a decisive year in recent South Korean history. The jury has decided to give CinemAsia Best Director Award of 2018 to Jang Joon-hwan, the director of 1987: When the Day Comes.

Best Performer  – Kaung Myat Thu (Passage of Life)

This year’s Cinemasia is marked by wonderful performances but one actor really stole our attention. Despite his very young age, he was able to convey a wide range of emotions with utmost conviction. His talent will surely pave a bright future for his career and we are proud to give this award to him. Cinemasia Best Actor award 2018 is given to the first son in wonderful film Passage of Life, the eight year-old Kaung Myat Thu.

Previous Winners:

2017: DIAMOND ISLAND (Davy CHOU | Cambodia, Germany, Qatar, Thailand)
2016: ZINNIA FLOWER (Tom Shu-Yu LIN | Taiwan)
2015: THE COFFIN IN THE MOUNTAIN (XIN Yukun | China)
2014: NIGHT FLIGHT (LEESONG Hee-il |South Korea)

  • The Great Buddha+ 大佛普拉斯
  • In Your Dreams 以青春的名義
  • Passage of Life 僕の帰る場所
  • Please/Care
  • Bad Genius
  • 1987: When the Day Comes
  • The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala)
  • Posesif