Asian World Film Festival Announces 2016 Honorees

 2nd annual Asian World Film Festival to Honor Legendary Artist Tyrus Wong
and Rising Star Justin Chon



Wong, lead artist on Bambi, will celebrate 106th birthday


LOS ANGELES, Oct 6, 2016 — The 2nd annual Asian World Film Festival, set to run in Culver City from October 24 to November 1, will be honoring a 105-year-old legendary Chinese-born American, Tyrus Wong, who was the lead artist on Disney’s Bambi. He will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on opening night. In addition, Justin Chon, actor, writer, producer, director, will be recognized with the Rising Star Award.

Wong is the subject of Pamela Tom’s 2015 documentary Tyrus, which will screen at the ArcLight, Culver City as part of the festival at 6:30 p.m. on October 25 – his 106th birthday.

Wong’s art covers more than film. He is a renowned painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker. He worked at Disney from 1938 to 1941 where his lush panels formed the inspiration for Bambi. Later he worked as a production illustrator for Warner Bros. and was a Hallmark greeting card designer, where some of his cards sold more than a million copies.

Justin Chon is the star of the current independent films Man-Up, which he also produced and wrote, and Seoul Searching.  He is also one of the stars of the Yahoo basketball series Sin City Saints.  This busy actor also just completed a starring role in the feature horror film Satanic. He can be currently seen in DramaWorld  for Viki.

Last year, he starred with Ray Liotta in the Martin Scorsese executive-produced feature Revenge of the Green Dragons and comedy fans will recognize him from his starring role in the comedy feature 21 and Over (from the creators of The Hangover). He was born and raised in Southern California, the son of South Korean parents.

About the Asian World Film Festival

The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles in order 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 51 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, showcasing their foreign films to 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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