Multi-talented Filipino artist Eugene Domingo is a Best Actress nominee at the upcoming Asian Film Awards (AFA) on March 27 in Macau. The Hong Kong-based AFA informed The Manila Times of the sole Philippine nominee in this year’s awards via telephone this week.
Domingo earned the nomination for the film Barber’s Tales (Jun Robles Lana), where she portrays a widow who defies gender role expectations in the 1970s by running her late husband’s barbershop. The same role had won her the Best Actress award at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival in 2013.
If Domingo wins on Thursday, she will bring home her second AFA trophy, following her People’s Choice Award (via online voting) for Best Actress in 2012 for Babae sa Septik.
According to AFA, however, the Filipina nominee will face stiff competition from four other contenders, namely, Yoko Maki (Japan, The Ravine of Goodbye), Han Hyo-joo (Korea, Cold Eyes), Zhang Ziyi (Mainland China, The Grandmaster), and Hee Ching Paw (Hong Kong SAR, Rigor Mortis).
The AFA, dubbed as the “Asian Oscars” for its prestigious status and scale, will be held at the Dreams Dancing Water Theater in Macau. The award ceremony will honor the best of Asian films with 14 award categories, which gathered a total of 73 nominations from 13 countries and regions.
The annual Asian Film Awards was established in 2007 as the first Asian film awards that recognizes all the cinematic talents in the Asian region. The AFA is the only ceremony in the world that brings together the Asian cinematic elite.
The AFA will be the focal point of global attention as world-renowned filmmakers and celebrities gather on the red carpet. The judging panel consists of 12 respected film industry experts that will screen the nominated films through stringent judging processes and eventually vote to decide the winners of each of the 14 categories.
The annual award ceremony has garnered attention from both industry professionals and movie fans alike.
The AFA strives to promote cultural exchange between film industry professionals from all across Asia in the hope of propelling Asian films to greater heights.
For more information, log on to www.asianfilmawards.asia.