Japan emerged with the most awards from the 18th Asian Film Festival which ended in Seoul, South Korea, last night (Friday).
Japan emerged with the most awards from the 18th Asian Film Festival which ended in Seoul, South Korea, last night (Friday). At the closing ceremony in the Citizens Hall, Japan was presented with five awards in the fiction section and two more for non-fiction features.
The three-day event this year was called the Asian Film Trade Fair -- a face-lifting proposed by Japan in an effort to boost overseas sales for its sluggish film industry.
Under the new format, the South Korean organisers abolished competitive prizes such as those for the best film and best actress and instead offered twelve symbolic awards for fiction movies and five for non-fiction.
Of the remaining fiction awards, three went to South Korea, Taiwan scored two while Hongkong and Indonesia picked up one each. In the non-fiction area, Korea, Taiwan and Hongkong were awarded one each.
However, the organisers were disappointed at the poor public response to the film showings. Only 3,150 paid for admission to watch the films.
After the presentation of awards, the closing ceremony adopted a declaration calling for joints efforts to increase film exports and imports within Asia. The declaration also announced the next festival would be held in Singapore.