The Festival will include a Jury for the Official Section to contest and for the Panorama Section. This jury will be integrated by five members professionally related to the film industry –directors, critics and journalists–. As usual, there will also be an independent Young Jury formed by five top students from national cinema schools.
The awards granted in the CAFW are: the Jury Award for the Best Film, the Best Director and the Best Script in the Official Section; the Panorama Section Award, also for the Best Film, Best Director and Best Script; the Young Jury Award to the Best Film, Best Director and Best Script in the Official Section; and the Public Award. Currently, the awards remain to be honorary as long as there is not budget enough in order to provide them with an economic retribution as Casa Asia has always intended.


Jury of the Official Section Contest

Briccio Santos

Manila, filmmaker and Film ASEAN’s president.

Briccio Santos is a director and a writer, known for “Ala Verde, Ala Pobre” (2005), “Ala Suerte, Ala Muerte” (2007) and “Anino ng Setyemre” (2006). He is currently the president of Film ASEAN, composed of 10 agencies for film and audiovisual industries in the ASEAN region. In the mid 70’s, after returning from Germany, he made one of his firsts films”, like “Damortis,which will be screened during the festival and that still remains as one of the most emblematic movies of the Independent Philippine Cinema. He chaired the Film Development Council of the Philippines for 6 years (2010-2016) and developed an important role in regrad with the preservation and restauration of the National Film Archives. In 2013, French President François Hollande knighted Santos as Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur for his advocacy of promoting Philippine culture through cinema.

Cho Young Jung

Korea, film program coordinator and AFA chief manager.

Cho Young-Jung earned her Ph.D. from Chung-Ang University of Korea after studying Film Studies at the University of Iowa. Since 1998, she has been programming in the Busan International Film Festival. In 2002, she worked for the Busan International Film Festival as a program coordinator and she was in charge of the Korean Cinema Retrospective. She became involved in Asian cinema while programming the films of Chung Chang-Wha, and working on co-productions between Korea and Hong Kong. In 2007, she became the chief manager of the Asian Film Academy (AFA), an educational program for young Asian filmmakers and worked as a programmer for the Asian cinema section until 2013. Since 2007, she has been a member of the selection committee for the Asian Cinema Fund, supporting independent Asian cinema.

Haris Sulong and Turku Mona Riza

Malaysia, executive producer and film director.

Tunku Mona is a film director from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). She worked for the producer and distributor Current Pictures, from 1999 to 2012. She has directed the film "Redha" (2016), awarded for social and universal values. The film has also been chosen by Finas to represent Malaysia in the Foreign Language Film category at the 89th edition of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Thanks to her performance in the film, the actress June Lojong has been awarded the Best Actress Nod in the World Premieres Film Festival of Manila, Philippines, in 2016.

Jevons AU

Hong Kong, filmmaker.

Jevons AU is a film director from Hong Kong. He studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He currently works as a video producer for 109G Studio. Since 2013, he has also been acting as a creative director for Voicesland Ltd. Also, since 2008, he has engaged with scriptwiting and directing for Milkyway Image (HK) Limited. He has written the screenplays of "Daan gyun naam yu" (2011), nominated for Best Screenplay in 2012 at the Hong Kong Film Award and at the HKFCS Award; and of "Gao hai ba shi lian II" (2012), winner of Best Screenplay Award at the same festivals, in 2013. He has also codirected "Ten Years" (2015) and “Chu Chiu Tai Fung" (2016), nominated for Best New Director in the Golden Horse Award in 2016.

Mike Hostench

Barcelona, assistant manager of the Festival de Sitges.

Mike Hostench’s ( Barcelona 1967) career has always been related to the film industry. First in distribution, working for companies such as Virgin and Gorgon Video, film production and distribution, afterwards in festivals,. Since 2003, Mike Hostench combines his position as Co-Director of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival de Cataluña, with consulting for distribution and production companies. Mike Hostench has written 2 film scripts (released theatrically worldwide), three books on Asian and horror films, and contributes to movie magazines and websites. Hostench speaks English, Catalan, Spanish and basic Korean.

Jury of the Panorama Section Contest

Àlex Murrull

Barcelona, director of Salon del Cine y las Series.

Alex Murrull is the Salón del Cine y las Series director and the head of studies at film academy Plató de Cinema. Graduated in Film Direction, in 2003 he obtained a scholarship to produce the short film“El viaje de Verwndlung”. He has worked in cinema and advertising, and has taught photography classes. He has also acted as a camera in several documentaries and is currently a photographer for the magazines GTI Mag and Volkswagen, besides making portfolios and photographic books for actors and models. Above all, within the fiction field the best short film award “El meu amic Amaruk” given by the Festival de Curtmetratges DiBa 07 under the “Diba Express”’section is one of the most important features of his career.

David Blanco

Barcelona, director and screenwriter.

David Blanco is a director, producer, screenwriter and arquitect and has lived in Barcelona for 21 years. His Works have received national and international awards, such as the First Prize in the 9TH ANNUAL TWIN RIVERS MEDIA FESTIVAL, USA (2001) for “Borsh”, “El Refugio”; Award for Best Director in the FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL DE MADRID (1996) for “Viaje a la Luna”, and the Best Short Film Award 6TH INT. PANORAMA OF INDEPENDENT FILMAKERS DE TESALÓNICA (2004) for “El Corazón de las Tinieblas” among others. He is currently producing the feature film INDIAN WAY, a Project supported by the European Union and the Ministry of Education. It is expected to be shooted in southern India at the end of 2016.

Elena Neira

Barcelona, director of La Otra Pantalla.

Elena Neira is an online marketing, social Networks and technology expert. She is specialised in new models of audiovisual distribution. She currently combines her work as researcher with university teaching and consulting for sector companies. She is the author of “El espectador social. Las redes sociales en la promoción cinematográfica” and “La otra pantalla. Redes sociales, móviles y la nueva televisión”. She has also coordinated “Marketing cinematográfico. Cómo promocionar una película en el entorno digital”.

John Prskalo

Barcelona, film critic and director.

John Prskalo Martínez, film lover and traveller, studied filmmaking in Barcelona, where he currently lives. Since 2002 he attends film festivals and reflects his film chronicles and reviews in his blog Asia-cinema, created in 2009. Passionate about the Asiatic continent after his first travel to Japan in 2006, he has not stopped travelling to the continent and has already visited a dozen countries. On the web magazine, Yuanfang Magazine, he writes about his travels and impressions about the most crowded continent in the world.

Sherman Ong

Singapore, film director.

Born in Malaysia in 1971, Sherman Ong is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Singapore. His practice has always centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu. He was the Winner of the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and he has premiered works in Art Biennales, major Film Festivals and Museums around the world. He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves on the committee of the Singapore International Photography Festival, as an educator at schools and universities, and was an Associate Artist of the Substation.

Young Jury

Young Jury comprises Barcelona Film Schools’ students

Daniel Molina (ESCAC)

Joan-Pol Argenter (Bande à Part)

Sergi Panizo (EMAV)

José Gutiérrez (EMAV)

Rubén Seca Carol (ECIB)

Julieta Estefanell (Casa del Cine)


Official Competition Section

  • Best Film Award:

Mina Walking | Afganistan | Yosef Baraki | 2015 | 110’ | Drama

  • Best Director Award:

Coldness | Iran | Bahram, Bahman Haj Bol Loo Ark | 2015 | 87’ | Drama

  • Best Screenplay Award:

Journey to the Shore | Japan | Kiyoshi Kurosawa | 2015 | 127’ | Drama

  • Best Cinematography Award:

Paths of the Soul | China | Zhang Yang | 2015 | 117’ | Drama


Panorama Competition Section

  • Best Film Award:

The Throne | Korea | Lee Joon ik | 2015 | 125’ | Drama

  • Best Director Award:

Partisan | Australia | Ariel Kleiman | 2015 | 98’ | Drama

  • Best Screenplay Award:

Tajrish… an unfinished story | Iran | Pourya Azarbayjani| 2015 | 85’ | Drama

  • Honorary Mention:

Zhol | Kazakhstan | Askar Uzabaev | 2014 | 94’ | Drama

Young Jury

  • Best Film Award:

Mina Walking | Afganistan | Yosef Baraki | 2015 | 110’ | Drama

  • Best Director Award:

Sairat | India | Nagraj Manjule | 2016 | 174’ | Drama

  • Best Screenplay Award:

Coldness | Iran | Bahram, Bahman Haj Bol Loo Ark | 2015 | 87’ | Drama

  • Best Cinematography Award:

Paths of the Soul | China | Zhang Yang | 2015 | 117’ | Drama

Audience Award

  • Best Film Award:

Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days | Japan | Azuma Morisaki | 2013 | 113’ | Drama

Honorary Award

  • Honorary Award for social and universal values:

Redha | Malaysia | Tunku Mona Riza | 2016 | 115’ | Drama

These categories are given by both juries separately

The  Young Jury will also give the pertinent prizes in the Official Competition Section
Audience Award to the best movie of the Festival
Casa Asia Special Prize to the film “Redha” for its social and universal values