The 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival took place in Macau last weekend, with the highlight being the announcement of Asia-Pacific Film Awards that saw Thai technicians winning for a Hong Kong movie and a respected Filipino actor rousing the crowd with his much-deserved win.
Eddie Garcia won best actor and Lau Ching Wan received the award for Life Without Principle .
Each year, Asia's oldest movie gathering takes place in a different member city, extending from Teheran to Sydney.
Although it's not exactly the high-profile event it once was, this year's edition in the sleepless casino city enlisted a number of recognisable names in the industry to shore up interest and reclaim respectability. Jackie Chan, surrounded by fierce-looking bodyguards, was present on Saturday to screen his latest film, Chinese Zodiac.
Meanwhile, the jury for the competition was headed by Christian Jeune, head of the film department of Cannes, and also included Hong Kong actress Carina Lau and Thai director Nonzee Nimibutr.
The award for best film went to Hong Kong social drama Life Without Principle (released in Thailand earlier this year), while the best director kudos went to Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, from his family drama I Wish (which also opened in Thailand earlier this year).
Life Without Principle is Hong Kong's representative in the Oscar's best foreign language film category.
The hall erupted in cheers when the name of the best actor was announced: Eddie Garcia, 83, a legendary Filipino actor, won for his role in Bwakaw, a touching drama about an old gay man who comes out late in life. Bwakaw is the Philippines' representative for the Oscar's best foreign-language film.
The best actress prize went to Taiwanese star Gwei Lun from the romantic comedy GF-BF, which opens in Bangkok next month.
A number of Thai films were nominated but didn't win any prize.
However, two Thai sound experts won for Best Sound for their work in Hong Kong spy film Silent War, in which Tony Leung Chiu-wai plays a blind decoder. Traithep Wongpaiboon and Nopawat Likitwong _ who both work for Kantana Studio _ were at the ceremony to receive the honour.