Asian World Film Festival Opens Tonight


Opening Night Festivities Honor "Bambi" Artist Tyrus Wong and "Twilight" Actor Justin Chon

Last Updated: October 24, 2016 7:35 pm GMT
(Culver City, CA--October 24, 2016) The 2ND ANNUAL ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AWFF) kicks off Monday, October 24 with an awards presentation honoring Bambi artist Tyrus Wong and actor Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga), followed by a screening of Asif Kapadia’s Ali and Nino.

Expected guests include Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tyrus Wong, Rising Star recipient Justin Chon (Twilight), jury member and Oscar®-winning director David Seidler (The King’s Speech), Grammy®-nominated artist Cisco Adler, actress Krista Marie Yu (Dr. Ken), talent manager/musican Jaeson Ma, jury member and actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails), jury member and Oscar-nominated director Uli Edel (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex), Oscar®-winning producer Robert Moresco (Crash), Emmy®-winning director Jeremy Kagan (Heroes), Mongolian actor Amarsaikhan Baljinnyamyn (Marco Polo), Trinidadian actor Aki Aleong (Pound of Flesh), former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Culver City mayor Jim B. Clarke.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 | 7PM – 10PM
5:00 PM - Press check-in opens 5:30 PM - Red carpet arrivals begin*
7:00 PM - Opening ceremony 7:30 PM - Screening begins of Ali and Nino 9:00 PM - Reception in Culver Hotel’s main lobby
*Credentials required - please apply at

ARCLIGHT CULVER CITY | 9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

The 2ND ANNUAL ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AWFF) kicks off Monday, October 24 with an awards presentation honoring legendary Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong and actor Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga), followed by a screening of Asif Kapadia’s Ali and Nino. AWFF will honor Wong, best known for his work on Disney’s Bambi with the Lifetime Achievement Award and will recognize Justin Chon with the Rising Star Award.

Wong is the subject of Pamela Tom’s 2015 documentary Tyrus, which will screen on Tuesday, October 25 (Wong’s 106th birthday).

Following the awards presentation, AWFF will screen the following film:

Ali and Nino
Directed by Asif Kapadia, UK Running Time: 100 min. In the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution, a young Muslim Prince falls in love with a Georgian Princess. As the First World War starts to encroach on their lives, they find themselves on a quest to find truth and love in a world full of conflict and contradictory belief. Stars Adam Bakri, María Valverde and Mandy Patinkin.

As previously announced, 20 foreign language Oscar contenders will screen at the festival. To see the complete festival schedule, please go

Producer Paula Wagner (the Mission Impossible and Jack Reacher films) will join the previously announced panel on "co-productions and cross cultural collaboration" to be held at the Culver Hotel, October 26, starting at 11:00 am. For more information on all of the panels, please visit

The festival will conclude with a screening of John H. Lee’s Operation Chromite starring Liam Neeson on Tuesday, November 1. Jury Awards, Audience Awards and Key Art Award will be announced.

To purchase festival passes or tickets, please go to

The AWFF is generously sponsored by Aitysh Film, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Etihad Airways, Variety, Sony Entertainment Television - Asia, The Los Angeles Film School, Consulate General of Lebanon in Los Angeles, CD Video Manufacturing, Inc., Chicago Music Library, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, BDO USA, Samsson Group, Casa Mexico Tequila, Final Draft, QuickFilmBudget, Arclight Cinemas, The Culver Hotel, Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors, City of Culver City, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, World Nomad Games 2016, Korean Film Council, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 5 Star Moving, Los Angeles American Heritage Month, Lebanese Minister of Culture, Berri’s Kitchen, United World Colleges and the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800). The AWFF media sponsor is Variety.


About the Asian World Film Festival
The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of filmmakers, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries. Uniting through cross-cultural collaboration, our festival champions films from 51 countries across Asia spanning from Turkey to Japan and Russia to India and the Middle East. All films that participate in the Festival will have a unique chance to be guided through the challenging awards season, showcasing their foreign films to the Motion Picture Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all Guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention and awards consideration. AWFF is a non-profit organization under Aitysh USA. For more information, go to


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