Berlin: Asia Brilliant Stars Awards to Celebrate Eastern Talent

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Richard Shen, secretary general of Asian Film & Television Promotion

Modeled after the long-standing European Shooting Stars talent platform, the event seeks to bring greater attention to established and emerging Asian actors, directors, producers and screenwriters.

The Berlin International Film Festival is deepening its connections with the increasingly influential film industries of Asia through the launch of the inaugural Asia Brilliant Stars Awards. Modeled after the long-standing European Shooting Stars talent platform, the event seeks to bring greater attention to established and emerging Asian actors, directors, producers and screenwriters.

“Through Asian Brilliant Stars, outstanding Asian films will gain new access to the international arena and a bridge for exchange and cooperation between the Asian and European film industries will be built,” Richard Shen, secretary general of Asian Film & Television Promotion, one of the organizers, tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The winners of the first edition will be unveiled Sunday at a red-carpet awards dinner in Berlin. Previous European Shooting Stars honorees include Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan and Daniel Craig. The Eastern event is undoubtedly hoping that it can give its recipients commensurate career boosts.

Shen says Berlin was chosen as a partner festival because of its long-standing commitment to diversity in cinema and the past success of Asian movies. “Many Asian films and filmmakers have stolen the spotlight at the Berlinale,” he says. “Films from Iran, South Korea, Japan, and especially China, have left indelible impressions.”

The event is also being organized by the Beijing Film Academy and the Actor Committee of the China Radio and Television Association along with the Berlinale and the EFM.

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