your window to Asian world cinema
november 6-14, 2019
LOS ANGELES, JULY 10, 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 http://www.asianworldfilmfest.org.
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