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2018 Asian Academy Awards

The newly minted Asian Academy Awards has opened up its entries and revealed 49 different categories, making them Asia’s most all-embracing content awards. Whilst some awards are familiar, such as Best Actor and Best Actress, newer categories send the strongest signal yet that these industry awards are very much open to content makers regardless of the platform.

Best Immersive (for 360, VR, AR) is a clear nod to emerging tech. Best Video Game acknowledges the enormous amount of animation work done in the region, whilst Best Ad and Best Branded encompass the world of advertising. There are added Children’s and animation categories including Best Special FX and, a sometimes forgotten aspect of our industry, the all important trailer or promo makers.

Best Digital Short Form is another multi-platform award that’s wide open to content makers but the
category already causing much discussion is the Award for Best Programme from a Streamer/OTT

Documentary makers and news makers will be feted and the brand new Best Telenovela/Soap Opera category mirrors a similar gong at the International Emmy Awards.

The AAA’s have made no secret of readying Asian producers to bring home more of the Golden Emmy trophies and are even sponsoring qualifying AAA winners into the prestigious international competition. Perhaps the most controversial call in its inaugural year is the decision to leave out sports programming.

In another exciting twist, the first round of category judging will take place in each country to find the nation’s best content representative to send to the Asian Academy Awards Final in Singapore this coming December.

“This gives content makers the chance to be acknowledged by their peers as the Best in Country which, in itself is a huge honour” said Chairman of Awards Ricky Ow.

For ‘AAA 2018 Official Entry Kit’ and ‘AAA 2018 Rules of Entry’ head to:

To ENTER, head to:



Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Telenovela or Soap Opera Series
Best Direction (Fiction)
Best Original Programme by a Streamer/OTT
Best Single Drama or Telemovie
Best Drama Series
Best Promo or Trailer
Best Ad (TVC or Digital)
Best Branded Programme or Series
Best Visual or Special FX
Best Immersive (360, VR)
Best Short Form Content
Best Video Game
Best 3D Animated Programme or Series
Best 2D Animated Programme or Series
Best Preschool Programme
Best Children’s Entertainment Programme
Best Children’s Animated Programme or Series
Best Children’s Programme (one off/special)
Best Children’s Drama (series)
Best Infotainment Programme

Best Lifestyle Programme
Best General Entertainment Programme
Best Non Scripted Entertainment
Best Adaptation of an Existing Format
Best Current Affairs Presenter
Best News Presenter or Anchor
Best Current Affairs Programme or Series
Best Single News Story/Report
Best News Programme
Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme
Best Documentary Series
Best Documentary Programme (one-off/ special)
Best Theme Song
Best Original Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Direction (Non-Fiction)
Best Sound
Best Cinematography
Best Entertainment Presenter/Host
Best Lifestyle Presenter
Best Comedy Performance
Best Comedy Programme
Best Music or Dance Programme
Best Game or Quiz Programme
Best Entertainment (one-off/annual)












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