Asian World Film Festival (AWFF), the annual event celebrating Asian cinema from around the world, announced today the dates of its 2023 festival: November 8 – 17. The 9th Annual AWFF, which will be headquartered in Culver City, CA, will open with Um Tae-hwa’s ambitious, post-apocalyptic epic “Concrete Utopia” (Korea) and close with Wuershan’s classic mythology blockbuster “Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms” (China).
In addition, the AWFF introduced this year’s main competition jury lineup of award-winning storytellers and industry leaders. Chinese producer, director, financier and industry mogul Han Sanping, will take the helm as Jury President. The roster will also include acclaimed British film and television director Jon Amiel, Oscar®-winning film producer Donna Gilgliotti, renowned Hollywood producer and executive Paula Wagner and Kazakhstani film critic and reporter Nurgul (Nora) Zhunussova. Additional A-list jury members to be announced in the near future.
“Asian storytellers continue to make an indelible stamp on the art and business of filmmaking,'” said Georges N. Chamchoum, AWFF Executive Director, “This November, the AWFF will showcase Asian content destined to make significant contributions to the craft, to the box office and to streaming services around the world.”
The festival’s 2023 edition will be a collaborative effort with Stars Collective, an artist incubator community and pioneer in cross-medium content innovation. Stars Collective was founded by Peter Luo (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Midway,” “Marshall,” “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”), who is also CEO of Starlight Media. Both AWFF and Stars Collective are committed to cultivating emerging Asian filmmaking talent and to pushing the boundaries of storytelling, making this a natural partnership.