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About the Film Festival:

  • Asian Cinematography AWARDS (ACA)

    > Release Date: 1st March 2019

    > Notification Date: 8th February 2020

    > AWARDS Ceremony: 22-23 February 2020

  • VENUE: UPFI Film Center

    Address: Magsaysay Ave. UP Campus
    1101 Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

  • Film Festival

    Asian Cinematography Awards (ACA) is a film festival established and managed by the film industry professionals of Cinematography Awards Foundation (CA).

    We invite monthly submissions from around the world of films which demonstrate excellence in cinematography and other aspects of filmmaking.

    In addition, we give special emphasis to encouraging and promoting Asian cinematographers and filmmakers. Specific monthly categories for Best Asian Short Film/Cinematography are exclusive to this Asian edition of Cinematography Awards.
    ACA announces semi-finalists, finalists and winners each month.

    There is also a special category for short films which feature subjects and stories about the Filipino culture, society and diaspora. This category is a one-time submission with a deadline of 31st October 2019.

    The festival will feature live screenings, an exhibition and awarding ceremony in Manila, Philippines.

    Annual winners will receive the “Golden Eagle”, the official statuette of Cinematography AWARDS for the outstanding achievement in cinematography and filmmaking.
    Rules and terms of agreement are in line with other festivals of CA.

The Awards:


Every Winner of the category will receive a  personalized certificate with an online verification.

Festival Laurels

We award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. The course is divided into several stages:

> Semi-Finalsit

> Finalist

> Winner of the Category

> Best Film of the Month (Official Selection)

> Best Film of the Year


Cinematography AWARDS officially called the “Golden Eagle” is an award in the form of a statuette for outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography.

The trophy is handed during the award ceremony of the film festival within the year:
– Director – The Best Film Of The Year

– Director – The Best Asian Film

– Cinematographer – The Best Cinematographer

– Cinematographer – The Best Asian Cinematographer

How to submit the film?

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Submission Rules and Terms of Agreement:


The film festival works under the Cinematography Awards Foundation, an association of film festivals which highlight excellence in cinematography. It is legally established and is managed by film industry professionals.

A body supervising the foundation: The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage


  1. Monthly submissions for the 1st edition of Asian Cinematography Awards is open to short films, feature films and videos of any genre beginning of March 2019.
  2. Only the Best Filipino Short Film category is a one time submission with deadline on 31 October 2019.
  3. All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle.
  4. Films must have been completed after 1 January 2017. Premiere status is not required.
  5. Films submitted in other Cinematography Awards editions are eligible for re-submission on ACA provided they did not win in any annual CA festival main awards.




How long is a short/feature film?

Films under 30 minutes are considered short films & over are features.


How are the films selected for the festival?

Films submitted to the festival are reviewed by our selection team, which evaluates each film, looking for the best thematic and well-produced films.


When you accept submissions?

We are accepting submissions year round with monthly deadlines.

We recommend:

The Professional Script Writing Lab and Summercamp

June 2019 Winners

Asian Cinematography AWARDS (ACA)

Best Film of the Month

TITLE: Iewduh (India)





Iewduh is based on the market by the same name, one of the liveliest markets of North East India. Probably everybody knows what a market looks like. They know the lanes, the shops, the shopkeepers look like. But beyond the surface these everyday people, the common faces, the unheroic stories also have their special moments. In every lane there are new stories.In Iewduh people from different communities and religion work and they co-exist. And today centuries later, Iewduh stands tall and witness to a lot of history. With scars and colors and freshness and stench, this is the real world of Iewduh, where fairy tales do happen.Iewduh the film is about everyday people, with everyday stories, not dignified as heroes, but nevertheless people who make their lives of each other better. In every lane of Iewduh is an untold story.

“The Best film of the Month automatically qualifies as an Official Selection for the Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in Manila. Further film selections will qualify upon the decision of the festival selection committee from the monthly winners.”


Best Cinematography of a Feature Film

All Winners of the Categories:

JUNE 2019




Best Cinematography of a Feature Film

Pradip Daimary

Portrait of a Lady<p>(Canada)

Portrait of a Lady



Kenny Leoncito

My Wife is a Chicken<p>(United States)

My Wife is a Chicken

(United States)


Jingjue Li

Out of the Black & Into the Blue: Philippines<p>(Philippines)

Out of the Black & Into the Blue: Philippines


Best Cinematography of a Documentary Short Film

Alex del Olmo

Out of the Black & Into the Blue: ANILAO<p>(Philippines)

Out of the Black & Into the Blue: ANILAO


Best Underwater Cinematography

Alex del Olmo

Pioneers<p>(United States)


(United States)

Best Drone Aerial Cinematography

Doug Armknecht

The Ballad of the Tarot<p>(Japan)

The Ballad of the Tarot


Best Feature Film


The Tattooed Heart<p>(United States)

The Tattooed Heart

(United States)

Best Short Film

Sheldon Wong Schwartz

Life is Live<p>(Singapore)

Life is Live



Keziah Wei

About My Mother<p>(Japan)

About My Mother


Best Asian Short Film

Yumi Otsuka




Best Music Video

Niki Noves

Golden Eagles

Films selected to Live Screening - MANILA 2020

Flickering Souls Set Alight (Greece)

Flickering Souls Set Alight (Greece)

Best Cinematography of a Short Film

Petros Antoniadis

CHOCOLATE MAN <p>(Germany)




Julian C. Steiner

Slaughter <p>(Iran)



Best Cinematography of an Asian Short Film

Hamed Baghaeian

Pandemia <p>(Hong Kong)


(Hong Kong)

Best Documentary Short Film

Yiannis Biliris and Gwendoline Biliris

The Widow<p>(Japan)

The Widow


Best Asian Short Film

Kenjo McCurtain and Yanqiu Fei

Are You Volleyball?!<p>(Iran)

Are You Volleyball?!



Mohammad Bakhshi and Nima Rabiei

Living Idle<p>(India)

Living Idle



Mrs.Satyaramana & Mr.Ramana

Birth of a Pride<p>(South Africa)

Birth of a Pride

(South Africa)


Dereck Joubert & Beverly Joubert

Clinging With Hate<p>(Myanmar)

Clinging With Hate


Best Feature Film

Aww Ratha, Nyein Chan Kyaw and Wai Minn Maung

A Familiar Stranger<p>(United States)

A Familiar Stranger

(United States)


Yining Xu and Xiao Ma




Best Cinematography of a Feature Film

Pradip Daimary

Portrait of a Lady<p>(Canada)

Portrait of a Lady



Kenny Leoncito

“The Best film of the Month automatically qualifies as an Official Selection for the Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in Manila. Further film selections will qualify upon the decision of the festival selection committee from the monthly winners.”


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UPFI Film Center | Manila | Philippines

Asian Cinematography AWARDS (ACA)


22-23 February, 2020


Magsaysay Ave. UP Campus 1101 Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines



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