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Anthony Chen nominated for Best Director at 8th Asian Film Awards

Singapore director Anthony Chen has been nominated for Best Director for his film "Ilo Ilo" at the 8th Asian Film Awards, which is set to take place in Macau on March 27.

HONG KONG: Singapore director Anthony Chen, who has won numerous awards for his first feature film "Ilo Ilo", has been nominated for Best Director at the 8th Asian Film Awards, which is set to take place in Macau on March 27.

Other contenders for the award are directors Bong Joon-ho ("Snowpiercer), Hirokazu Koreeda ("Like Father, Like Son"), Tsai Ming Liang ("Stray Dogs") and Wong Kar Wai ("The Grandmaster").

"Ilo Ilo" actress Yeo Yann Yann has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the AFA for her performance in Chen's hit film.

Acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan will serve as Jury President of the AFA this year and head a panel of film professionals that will select the winners.

Jurors include Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and Singapore director Eric Khoo.

This year's AFA is the first to be organised by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), instead of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, which has organised the awards for the past seven years.

The AFA Academy is chaired by Dr Wilfred Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.

Other committee members include Lee Yong-Kwan, the Director of the Busan International Film Festival, and Yasushi Shiina, the Director General of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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