In 2013, three main Asian film festivals – Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo – joined together to create the non-profit organization, the Asian Film Awards Academy to promote and develop Asian cinema and its talents. The AFA Academy highlights, strengthens and develops Asian film industry and culture through the annual Asian Film Awards, and several year-round initiatives including strategies for building regional and international audiences.
Members of the AFA Academy are drawn from all past nominees and winners of the Asian Film Awards. Members vote for the Asian Film Awards and also participate in various AFA Academy activities involving film professionals and audiences in Asia and around the world.
Since 2015, the AFA Academy has been presenting events and activities including the Masterclass Series, Journey to the Fest – Student Visits to Film Festivals, Asian Cinerama – Film Roadshows and Young Film Professionals Program. With dedicated efforts of the AFA Academy’s film festival and cultural partners, it has been fulfilling its mission to promote, educate, inform and develop knowledge, skills and interest in Asian cinema among the industry, students and audiences in Asia and beyond. Our past partners include the Edinburgh (UK), Pacific Meridian (Russia), Quezon City (Philippines), Cambodia, Kyoto HISTORICA (Japan), Hawaii (US) and Chennai (India) International Film Festivals, BAFTA (UK), Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg (Germany), Nipkow Programm (Germany) and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan).
The AFA Academy expresses the increasing global importance and creative strengths of Asian films and aims to unite the industries and talents of the fast-growing region.