The four-day long Asia Pacific Film Festival wrapped onSaturday night with South Korea taking three major awards, including best film(Tae Guk Gi), best director (
This year marks the 50th golden jubileecelebration of the event, which was held in Malaysia and organised by theMinistry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, the Malaysian Film ProducersAssociation and FINAS (the National Film Development Board). 24 feature filmsand 26 shorts, documentaries and animations from 10 Asian countries weresubmitted to compete for 14 awards.
For a second time in a row, Malaysia won the best actressaward: Tiara Jacquelina (Puteri GunungLedang) received the best actress award from fellow Malaysian actress MayaKarin (PontianakHarum Sundal Malam) who won the same award last year when thefestival was held in Japan.
Malaysia also walked away with best shorts/documentary for
Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong (Initial D) was named best supporting actor; the film's directorAlan Mak was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the actor.
Indonesia bagged with three awards: best supporting actressfor Rima Melati (Ungu Violet), themost promising young talent for Dian Sastrowardoyo and best editing for Yoga KKoesprato (Janji Joni).
Taiwan grabbed best screenplay for Lin Chen Sheng (
Vietnam was awarded best cinematography for Yves Cape (
Jackie Chan was given a special jury award for his contributiontowards the international success of Asian films. Other special jury awardsincluded Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei Mei for her consistent performance in thepast years; Vietnam's The Path of Justicefor creating awareness on the impact of war on humanity; Thailand's
Taiwan will host the next Asia Pacific Film Festival.