The Asian Summer Film Festival closes its 18th edition and is consolidated as a benchmark in Asian cinema

The film of sporting and emotional overcoming ‘Zero to Hero’ triumphs at the contest winning the jury prize

Once again, FesNits brings down the curtain celebrating the success of audiences and critics. The Asian Summer Film Festival celebrated in Vic closes an edition that has made us enjoy the number 1 of the Asian box office, the best food, and a handful of activities for all audiences. The festival has followed a strict protocol of anti-Covid-19 measures and has respected the capacity limitation in all its spaces.

Nearly 5,800 spectators enjoyed the Festival 2021 last week in Vic. La Bassa dels Hermanos, with its open-air cinema and its gastronomic and cultural offer, has hosted 2,500 people (500 every evening, from Tuesday to Saturday). On the other hand, the cinema of L'Atlàntida —new venue for this year's festival— has received almost 3,300 spectators in its different sessions.

As for the parallel activities of the event, about 700 people have enjoyed the workshops of the Més Nits, organized by the civic centers of Vic in dates before the festival, and the proposals carried out during the Festivals. These activities were aimed at the general public, and it was possible to find different options such as the bento workshop or the children's storytelling, and also at the press, such as the reception of the Hong Kong Trade and the and visit to Vicpuntzero Office.

The festival would like to thank the support of all the institutions, sponsors and collaborators that make it possible and invite your loyal audience to meet again at the 19th edition, which will take place on July 19-24, 2022.

The programming of the Festival 2021 has shone with its own light and so has recognized the jury, which awarded as best film Zero to Hero. The film, from Hong Kong and directed by Jimmy Wan, is the filmed biography of So Wa Wai, the first athlete to win the Paralympic gold medal for Hong Kong, and focuses on the relationship with his mother. An emotional and sensitive proposal that claims the difference and the ability to overcome anything. The jury recognized with a special mention Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, by Kotaru Tamura (regular contributor to the great Mamoru Hosoda), a delicate film of Japanese animation that helps to understand the effort, struggle and joys of a disabled girl, to whom her imagination transports her to an alternative world where she can run and jump.

The Critics' Award, given by the press accredited to the festival, was for the Japanese It's a Summer Film, by Soushi Matsumoto, a youthful fantasy that tells the adventure of making movies with friends in summer. Finally, the audience awarded Number 1, by Ong Kuo Sin, a musical comedy that has meant the first foray into Singaporean cinema in the official section of the festival and which, with great performances, delves into a drag queens club.