Finalists for Asia Destination Film Awards Announced

Finalists for Asia Destination Film Awards Announced

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 28, 2020 ( – With close to 1,000 submissions and a total of 340 hours of playtime, the Asia Destination Film Awards received much attention from international filmmakers, tourism boards, travel companies, and content creators. Thirty-four finalists in the categories Tourism Boards, Travel Industry, Filmmakers, User-generated Content, and Sustainable Travel were shortlisted, and the final winners in each category are determined by a panel of judges as well as by public vote on Voting will be open until 29 January 2020.

To highlight the role of visual content in destination marketing and sustainability, the 2nd Asia Destination Film Forum and Awards will take place in Bangkok on 30 January 2020 under the co-chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Itthipol Khunpluem, Minister of Culture, Thailand, and Dr. Sorajak Kasemsuwan, Secretary General of the National Federation of Motion Pictures and Contents Associations, Thailand. An impressive line-up of speakers from Thai filmmakers such as Mr. Ekachai Uekrongtham (“The Stranded” – Netflix) and Mr. Tom Waller (“The Cave”) to producers of Hollywood movies such as Mr. Nicholas Simon (“Avengers: Endgame”, “Kong: Skull Island”), and Mr. Nick Ray from Cambodian film production company Hanuman Films (“The Last Reel”) will present on the importance of locations for filming and the role of Asian destinations.

Presenters from tourism boards, such as Mr. Raymond Kim (Busan, South Korea), Mr. Tanes Petsuwan (Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand), Mr. Jens Thraenhart (Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office), Mr. Joe Choo (Area Director Thailand, Singapore Tourism Board), and Ms. Bayasgalan Saranjav (Director General Department of Tourism Policy Coordination, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mongolia) will look into the role of destinations in movie tourism. In addition to the public sector, the forum will also look into how screen tourism can benefit the private sector, by Mr. Deepak Ohri, CEO Lebua Hotels & Resorts (“The Hangover Part II”), as well as how bloggers can impact tourism through visual content.

The aspect of sustainability of film tourism is analyzed by a panel of experts, including Mr. Gabriel Kuperman (Executive Producer, Mekong 2030), Mr. Roi Ariel (General Manager, GSTC), Mr. Graham Harper (Director, PATA, Sustainability and Social Responsibility), Mr. Tuan Pham (Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Agoda), and Ms. Janet Salem (Programme Manager, Sustainable Consumption and Production, United National Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Asia Destination Film Awards will take place after the Asia Destination Film Forum and will be followed by the Film Festival BBQ Party, sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Mongolia, featuring authentic Mongolian BBQ, cultural performances, and films.

More information about the event and tickets are available on

Films shortlisted to the Asia Destination Film Awards 2020

Film Name Producer Destination Featured
Tourism Board Category    
ท่องเที่ยววิถีไทย เก๋ไก๋ไม่เหมือนใคร (Discover Thainess) – version 2 นาที Tourism Authority of Thailand Thailand
Komodo National Park and Alor: The Miracles of Living Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia Indonesia
Malaysia “Amazing” Tourism Malaysia Malaysia
Enjoy my Japan | Broaden your world| JNTO Japan National Tourism Organization(JNTO) Japan
Be Part of the Fun #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines Department of Tourism Philippines Philippines
Incredible India – Director’s Cut – Travel | CNN Ministry of Tourism, Government of India India
Singapore – Where Passion is Made Possible Singapore Tourism Board Singapore
Filmmaker Category    
Hit the Road: India Manana Films, UK India
Becoming Thai Chinese Sarah Lam, Hong Kong Thailand
The State of Skateboarding in Mongolia Jefferson Elliott, USA Mongolia
Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock Abhimanyu Kukreja, India India
The Magic of Hong Kong Timelab Pro, Russia Hong Kong
The Kingdom of the Lion Tailed Macaque – A Wildlife Documentary by Poorna Kedar Poorna Kedar, India India
Raja Ampat: The Last Paradise GLP Films, USA Indonesia
Branches and Brushes Komeil Soheili, Iran Korea
Travel Industry Category
Singapore Airlines: New In-flight Safety Video Singapore Airlines Singapore
Shinta Mani Wild Shinta Mani Wild Cambodia
InterContinental Danang – Our Resort Concierge ‘Thinks Beyond’ InterContinental Danang Vietnam
Vietnam Airlines Safety Video Vietnam Airlines Vietnam
Singapore In 3 Minutes TripZilla Singapore
Cardamom Tented Camp Cardamom Tented Camp Cambodia
Rosewood Luang Prabang Rosewood Luang Prabang Laos
User-generated Content Category
Watchtower of Turkey Leonardo Dalessandri, Italy Turkey
Phatthalung: Thailand’s Hidden Gems Art Thomya, Thailand Thailand
In Japan Vincent Urban, USA Japan
Loving Lanka Sebastian Linda, Germany Sri Lanka
Thailand Georgy Tarasov, Russia Thailand
The road story Vietnam Georgy Tarasov, Russia Vietnam
Tokyo Roar Brandon Li Japan
Sustainable Travel Category
The Giant Palau Visitors Authority Palau
Save Our Spots Department of Tourism Philippines Philippines
The Tourism Decade – Women Rafters Department of Tourism Philippines Philippines
Sustainable Tourism Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia Indonesia
A Day In A Buddhist Temple Travel and Tourism Foundation and Travelindex Laos