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| Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It was announced at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) yesterday that the 1st Asian Film Awards (AFA), 17 panel judges from Cannes, Venice International Film Festivals were invited. Andy Lau, Chang Chen, Ken Watanabe and Rain (Jung Ji-hoon) would be vying for the Best Actor award, whereas Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi would be battling it out for the Best Actress award.

HKIFF's chairman Wong Ying Wai, CEO Qi Jia Ji and board member Au Man Chu Milton met the media yesterday to announce that the government will give a funding of around $9000,000 to hold the 1st AFA on 30 March, invitations were sent out to 17 international experienced filmmakers which includes chief executives and judges from Cannes Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, movies screened in 2006 would be considered for awards.

The first AFA's nomination list was announced yesterday, for the Best Actor award, the nominees are Chang Chen (The Go Master), Rain (I'm a cyborg, But that's ok), Andy Lau (A Battle of Wits), Song Kang Ho (The Host), Ken Watanabe (Memories of Tomorrow)and Shahrukh Khan (DON).

When asked of his nomination, Andy expressed: "I'm delighted to be nominated for the 1st Asian Film Awards, I hope I can bring glory to Hong Kong."

news from: Oriental Daily News, Sun News, MingPao, Sina.com