EstAsia – Cinema d’Oriente Festival 2018 came to a close on Monday 18th of June at the Rosebud Cinema of Reggio Emilia with an Award Ceremony the winner of Best Film of the event has been announced.

The Festival has been praised for the high quality of all the selected movies and in a week of running time has attracted a large number of enthusiasts.

The jury, composed of Maico Morellini (writer and critic), Mirca Lazzaretti (videomaker and photographer) and Marcello Casarini (videomaker and documentarian), agreed to appoint the top prize for the Best Film to the Chinese film “Silent Mist” by Miaoyan Zhang. The festival prize for the winner is the Golden Kaiju, a unique, hand-made work by the resident artist Hu-Be.

The Audience Award, however, was given to the suspenseful Taiwanese thriller by Nattawut Poonpiriya, “Bad Genius” that has been scooping prizes in many fersivals since its release.

The staff of EstAsia are already at work, selecting the films for the next edition and organising a better festival every year, always growing in quality and audience.


On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"