Fourth annual Asian World Film Festival founded by Kyrgyz MP, director Sadyk Sher-Niyaz kicked off in Los Angeles on Oct 24.
India’s Golden Globes foreign-language contender “Love Sonia” was the opening night film.
This year, AWFF will present films from more than 50 Asian countries and showcase them to members of the Motion Picture Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and all the guilds during a critical phase of the awards season leading up to the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
All films selected by Asian countries as Oscar or Golden Globes contenders are automatically invited to participate, and HFPA recognizes these showings as the required official screenings for their voting members.
China’s “In Harm’s Way” will close the fest on Nov 1 at Arclight Cinemas in Culver City, Calif. AWFF’s centerpiece film, “Burning,” is this year’s Oscar contender from South Korea.
The festival was opened by the founder Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, executive director Georges Chamchoum, and program director Asel Sherniyazova.