This year, for the first time in our history, the New York Asian Film Festival had a jury. And that jury gave out awards! They gave a Grand Prize and then five other awards that they also selected, and it was all announced onstage on Sunday night before the screening of ALWAYS: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET 2.
The winners are:
Winner – New York Asian Film Festival Grand Prize
SAD VACATION directed by Shinji Aoyama
Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble Cast
Best Visual Achievement
Lee Myung-Se for M
Joko Anwar for KALA
Koji Wakamatsu for UNITED RED ARMY
Best Debut Feature
Ryo Nakajima for THIS WORLD OF OURS
Congratulations to the winners. The jury really surprised us with their choices, but in a good way. And now the distributors all have little laurel leaves to put on their posters, which is fun for them.
And a final thank you to the jurors, they really outdid themselves and we couldn’t be happier with all their hard work: Vincent Musetto (film editor at the New York Post), John Mhiripiri (Coordinator/Big Cheese of the Anthology Film Archives), Dave Fear (film critic for Time Out New York), Maitland McDonagh (film critic for TVGuide.com and author of several books on film) and Benson Lee (director of PLANET B-BOY).