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News: Asian World Film Festival To Honor Actress Freida Pinto, October 24th
on Oct 23, 2018 at 8:03:05 pm

(Culver City, CA--October 23, 2018) The 4th Annual ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AWFF) will kick off with an awards presentation honoring actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) with the AWFF American Red Cross/Tiffany Circle Courage to Dream Award. The Awards ceremony will be followed by a screening of Love Sonia, India’s submission into the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, followed by a Q&A and reception at the Culver Hotel.

Freida Pinto

Love Sonia director Tabrez Noorani joins actors Freida Pinto and Mrunal Thakur and producer David Womark. In addition, Ted Caplan and Alkesh Vaja (writers), Martin Singer (Editor), Niels Bye Nielsen (Music) and Nadim George (Co-Producer).

Expected guests in attendance include Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0), Tina Guo (theme song Wonder Woman), Thomas Aujero Small (Mayor of Culver City), Sara Abi Kanaan (Host-Opening Night), Maria Shantanova (Host-Opening Night) among others AWFF Jury Members include Jury President Vivian Wu (Actress/Producer), Silvia Bizio (Co-director, Taormina Film Festival -Italy), Kimberly Cheng (Journalist/Reporter/Actress-USA), Justin Chon (Actor/Writer/Director-USA), Alex Dong (Executive Producer-Hong Kong), Eleonora Granata Jenkinson (Producer-Italy/USA), Sam Lahoud (Screenwriter/Producer/Director), Dalmira Tilepbergen (Writer/Director-Kyrgyzstan).

5:00 PM Press Check-in opens 5:45 PM Red carpet arrivals begin 7:00 PM Opening Awards Ceremony 7:45 PM Screening of LOVE SONIA

All films will be screened at the Arclight Cinemas in Downtown Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd.) Purchase Tickets Here

CLOSING NIGHT (November 1):
Actresses Lisa Lu and Awkwafina will be honored with the Snow Leopard Awards at the festival's closing night ceremony, November 1 at the ArcLight Cinema in Downtown Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd.) AWFF is once again partnering with The Snow Leopard Trust to raise awareness for the endangered snow leopard and its ecosystem in the high mountains of Asia. In addition, Turkish superstar Türkan Soray will be accepting a special tribute award honoring Chingiz Aitmatov as the AWFF spotlights the 90th anniversary of the Soviet/Kyrgyz author and statesman. Aitmatov is known for such films as Pervyy uchitel (1965), The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977) and Jamila (1994). His literary works have been translated into more than 150 languages. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Aitmatov’s novels found a new audience in the West and gained popularity in Germany.

The Asian World Film Festival is proudly sponsored by SOOM FOUNDATION, City of Culver City, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), Arclight Theaters, SC Johnson, JK Holdings, MoRedii, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited, MDSUN Skin Care, CTX Club, Korean Cultural Center (Los Angeles), CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), CJ Entertainment, Variety, The Korea Daily-JoongAng Ilbo, RK Media, AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyzstan), Novartizan, WECTAC (West Coast Turkish Chamber of Commerce), PROCOLO.CO, Emporium Thai (Westwood), Fifty One Chinese Kitchen (Culver City), Gaby's Mediterranean, Tiger Beer, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pechanga Resort & Casino, SC Global, LOTTE, MDSUN Cosmetics, and Nutrivista. The AWFF host venue is the historic Culver Hotel.

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The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles 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 over 50 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, and showcased for 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.


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