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  november 6-14, 2019




The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Asian World Film Festival (AWFF)  announce the first HFPA Snow Leopard Scholarship, which will be awarded to a new Asian short filmmaker during the Festival's fifth anniversary in Culver City, Los Angeles in November 2019. The festival will run November 6 to 14, 2019 in Culver City.

There will be no submission process as AWFF will curate the twelve films from a select number of short film festivals and programs across Asia throughout the year. A special Jury of HFPA members will decide on the winner, who will be presented with a check for $5,000 and a bronze Snow Leopard trophy at a VIP Ceremony during the Festival. AWFF is partnered with the Snow Leopard Trust to raise awareness for the endangered snow leopard and its ecosystem in the high mountains of Asia.

Up to twelve selected Asian short films, which must have been produced and/or directed by an Asian filmmaker, will be screened during the AWFF's short film programs. Qualifying films must be narrative, no longer than 15 minutes in length, completed in 2018 or 2019 and be the filmmaker's debut or second film. For more information about the Asian World Festival, please visit


We are proud and honored that our Boards consist of such a diverse number of well-respected film industry leaders, talent and cultural representatives from around the world.


LUCY LIU, Screen Actors Guild Award-Winning Actress

LISA LU, Award-Winning Actress and member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

DAVID SEIDLER, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter The King’s Speech

JEAN-MARC VALLEE, Director of Oscar Nominated Dallas Buyers Club, Wild; Director of Golden Globe winning Big Little Lies

JOAN CHEN, Award-Winning Actress

JANET YANG, Golden Globe & Emmy-Winning Producer and Oscar Nominated Producer The People vs Larry Flynt

DAVID HENRY HWANG, Tony Award-Winning Playwright, Pulitzer Finalist, Screen and TV writer, Co-Founder CAPE

IMRAN KHAN, American/Indian Film Star

TABREZ NOORANI, American/Indian Film Producer and Director Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, Love Sonia

SERGEI BODROV, 2-time Oscar-nominated Director Mongol, Prisoner of the Mountains

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