Source: Toronto International Film Festival


Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite leads the nominations for this year’s Asian Film Awards (AFA) – hosted by Busan International Film Festival and the first to be held outside of Hong Kong and Macau – with ten nominations including best film and best director.

The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), comprising the Hong Kong, Tokyo and Busan international film festivals, announced during last year’s Busan that the 14th AFA ceremony would be held in the South Korean city this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers have decided to hold an online video announcement of winners, instead of a live event, on October 14.

The pre-recorded announcement including winners’ acceptance speeches will be broadcast on the AFAA YouTube channel in English. (Subtitled versions will be available from November.)

Parasite’s ten nominations also include best supporting actor for Choi Woo-shik and best supporting actress for Lee Jung-eun. The Oscar-winning Korean film was followed by So Long, My Son, directed by China’s Wang Xiaoshuai, and A Sun, directed by Taiwan’s Chung Mong-hong, both nominated in seven categories (see below for full list). 

It is as yet uncertain whether BIFF will be holding any physical event at all. The festival is to have a board meeting September 11 after which plans for its 25th edition will be announced.

Commenting on the Asian Film Awards, BIFF chairman Lee Yong-kwan said: “We are delighted to host the prestigious Asian Film Awards in Busan, Asia’s first UNESCO Creative City of Film. AFA14 sees its most intense competition in years since the nominees were drawn from all Asian films in 2019 and the first half of 2020. A total of 39 films from 11 countries and regions are nominated for awards. Despite limitations due to the global pandemic, we anticipate sharing the joyful moments with all award winners.”

Wilfred Wong, chairman of AFAA and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, said: “This year, AFAA has taken a ground-breaking step to relocate the AFA14 award presentation to Busan. Though we are facing unprecedented challenges brought by the global coronavirus outbreak, we continue to do our best to connect everyone and express our commitment towards the Asian film industry.”

The 14th Asian Film Awards Nominations List:

Best Film

Listen To The Universe (Japan)

Parasite (South Korea)

So Long, My Son (Mainland China)

A Sun (Taiwan)

Thappad (India)

There Is No Evil (Iran, Germany)


Best Director

Pema Tseden, Balloon (Mainland China)

Tsai Ming Liang, Days (Taiwan)

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (South Korea)

Wang Xiaoshuai, So Long, My Son (Mainland China)

Chung Mong Hong, A Sun (Taiwan)

Suwa Nobuhiro, Voices In The Wind (Japan)


Best Actor

Hamed Behdad, Castle Of Dreams (Iran)

Chen Yi Wen, A Sun (Taiwan)

Kubota Masataka, First Love (Japan)

Lee Byung-hun, The Man Standing Next (South Korea)

Tai Bo, Suk Suk (Hong Kong)

Wang Jingchun, So Long, My Son (Mainland China)


Best Actress

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Happy Old Year (Thailand)

Jung Yu-mi, Kim Ji Young, Born 1982 (South Korea)

Tsutsui Mariko, A Girl Missing (Japan)

Yeo Yann Yann, Wet Season (Singapore, Taiwan)

Yong Mei, So Long, My Son (Mainland China)

Zhou Dongyu, Better Days (Hong Kong, Mainland China)


Best Supporting Actor

Choi Woo-shik, Parasite (South Korea)

Jinpa, Balloon (Mainland China)

Kase Ryo, To The Ends Of The Earth (Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar)

Liu Kuan Ting, A Sun (Taiwan)

Ben Yuen, Suk Suk (Hong Kong)


Best Supporting Actress

Patra Au, Suk Suk (Hong Kong)

Samantha Ko, A Sun (Taiwan)

Lee Jeong-eun, Parasite (South Korea)

Tanaka Yuko, One Night (Japan)

Zhou Ye, Better Days (Hong Kong, Mainland China)


Best New Director

John Hsu, Detention (Taiwan)

Lee Sang-geun, Exit (South Korea)

Sharipa Urazbayeva, Mariam (Kazakhstan, Germany)

Norris Wong Yee Lam, My Prince Edward (Hong Kong)

Hikari, 37 Seconds (Japan)

Liang Ming, Wisdom Tooth (Mainland China)


Best Newcomer

Fandy Fan, We Are Champions (Taiwan)

Anong Houngheuangsy, Days (Taiwan)

Kim Hye-jun, Another Child (South Korea)

Konishi Sakurako, First Love (Japan)

Jackson Yee, Better Days (Hong Kong, Mainland China)


Best Screenplay

Pema Tseden, Balloon (Mainland China)

Mohammad Davoudi and Mohsen Gharaie, Castle Of Dreams (Iran)

Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite (South Korea)

A Mei and Wang Xiaoshuai, So Long, My Son (Mainland China)

Chang Yao Sheng and Chung Mong Hong, A Sun (Taiwan)


Best Editing

Zhang Yibo, Better Days (Hong Kong-Mainland China)

Yang Jin-Mo, Parasite (South Korea)

Lee Chatametikool, So Long, My Son (Mainland China)

Lai Hsiuhsiung, A Sun (Taiwan)

Yasha Ramchandani, Thappad (India)


Best Cinematography

Lu Songye, Balloon (Mainland China)

Girish Gangadharan, Jallikattu (India)

Lim Won-geun, Time To Hunt (South Korea)

Ashizawa Akiko, To The Ends Of The Earth (Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar)

Dong Jinsong, The Wild Goose Lake (Mainland China, France)


Best Original Music

Karsh Kale and The Salvage Audio Collective, Gully Boy (India)

Prashant Pillai, Jallikattu (India)

Banse Tomohiko and Kemmochi Manato and Sawabe Wataru, On-Gaku: Our Sound (Japan)

Jung Jae-il, Parasite (South Korea)

Kim Tae-sung, Svaha: The Sixth Finger (South Korea)


Best Costume Design

Dora Ng, Better Days (Hong Kong, Mainland China)

Jo Sang-gyeong, Forbidden Dream (South Korea)

Arjun Bhasin and Poornamrita Singh, Gully Boy (India)

Pacharin Surawatanapongs, Happy Old Year (Thailand)

Miyamoto Masae, Kingdom (Japan)


Best Production Design

Suzanne Caplan Merwanji, Gully Boy (India)

Wenceslaus De Rozari, Gundala (Indonesia)

Lee Ha-jun, Parasite (South Korea)

LV Dong, So Long, My Son (Mainland China)

Gao Ang, The Wandering Earth (Mainland China)


Best Visual Effects

Jin Jong-hyun, Ashfall (South Korea)

Tomi Kuo and Renovatio Pictures, Detention (Taiwan)

Ootagaki Kaori, First Love (Japan)

Hong Jeong-ho, Parasite (South Korea)

Ding Yanlai, The Wandering Earth (Mainland China)


Best Sound

Choi Tae-young, Ashfall (South Korea)

Kureishi Yoshifumi, Listen To The Universe (Japan)

Choi Tae-young, Parasite (South Korea)

Wang Danrong, The Wandering Earth (Mainland China)

Zhang Yang, The Wild Goose Lake (Mainland China, France)