Finalists for the Asia Destination Film Awards announced

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Finalists for the Asia Destination Film Awards announced
Thirty-four films of a total of almost 1,000 submissions were chosen as the finalists to the Asia Destination Film Awards 2020. Public voting is open until 29 January on


(BANGKOK, THAILAND, Tuesday, 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 NameProducerDestination Featured
Tourism Board Category  
ท่องเที่ยววิถีไทย เก๋ไก๋ไม่เหมือนใคร (Discover Thainess) – version 2 นาทีTourism Authority of ThailandThailand
Komodo National Park and Alor: The Miracles of LivingMinistry of Tourism of Republic of IndonesiaIndonesia
Malaysia “Amazing”Tourism MalaysiaMalaysia
Enjoy my Japan | Broaden your world| JNTOJapan National Tourism Organization(JNTO)Japan
Be Part of the Fun #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippinesDepartment of Tourism PhilippinesPhilippines
Incredible India – Director’s Cut – Travel | CNNMinistry of Tourism, Government of IndiaIndia
Singapore – Where Passion is Made PossibleSingapore Tourism BoardSingapore
Filmmaker Category  
Hit the Road: IndiaManana Films, UKIndia
Becoming Thai ChineseSarah Lam, Hong KongThailand
The State of Skateboarding in MongoliaJefferson Elliott, USAMongolia
Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian RockAbhimanyu Kukreja, IndiaIndia
The Magic of Hong KongTimelab Pro, RussiaHong Kong
The Kingdom of the Lion Tailed Macaque – A Wildlife Documentary by Poorna KedarPoorna Kedar, IndiaIndia
Raja Ampat: The Last ParadiseGLP Films, USAIndonesia
Branches and BrushesKomeil Soheili, IranKorea
Travel Industry Category  
Singapore Airlines: New In-flight Safety VideoSingapore AirlinesSingapore
Shinta Mani WildShinta Mani WildCambodia
InterContinental Danang – Our Resort Concierge ‘Thinks Beyond’InterContinental DanangVietnam
Vietnam Airlines Safety VideoVietnam AirlinesVietnam
Singapore In 3 MinutesTripZillaSingapore
Cardamom Tented CampCardamom Tented CampCambodia
Rosewood Luang PrabangRosewood Luang PrabangLaos
User-generated Content Category  
Watchtower of TurkeyLeonardo Dalessandri, ItalyTurkey
Phatthalung: Thailand’s Hidden GemsArt Thomya, ThailandThailand
In JapanVincent Urban, USAJapan
Loving LankaSebastian Linda, GermanySri Lanka
ThailandGeorgy Tarasov, RussiaThailand
The road story VietnamGeorgy Tarasov, RussiaVietnam
Tokyo RoarBrandon LiJapan
Sustainable Travel Category  
The GiantPalau Visitors AuthorityPalau
Save Our SpotsDepartment of Tourism PhilippinesPhilippines
The Tourism Decade – Women RaftersDepartment of Tourism PhilippinesPhilippines
Sustainable TourismMinistry of Tourism of Republic of IndonesiaIndonesia
A Day In A Buddhist TempleTravel and Tourism Foundation and TravelindexLaos


For more information, please contact:

Gerrit Kruger

Managing Director, Chameleon Strategies

E: [email protected]

T: +66 (0) 20 38 5070

M: +66 (0) 80 777 0877


About the Asia Destination Film Forum

The Asia Destination Film Forum is celebrating tourism marketing and sustainability via inspiring visual storytelling.

Since 2018, the Asia Destination Film Forum brings together the travel & tourism industry and filmmakers from motion pictures to video content creators to foster collaboration in leveraging films and drive sustainable tourism. The forum includes conferences, workshops, seminars, annual awards, and an online platform.

The Asia Destination Film Forum is produced by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Member Chameleon Strategies, who is supporting destinations and brands with sustainable strategies including how to use visual storytelling to engage travelers and businesses.

More information is available at, or on social media @DestinationFilmForum, #DestinationFilmForum.

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