Sarawak Ministry of Tourism's Permanent Secretary Datuk Ik Pahon said the festival will be a very exciting event since it will bring together 287 movie celebrities from 10 Asean countries and also from Korea and China.
"This year's festival will go beyond Kuching city as it will include the unique movie screenings in the rainforest (a 12-hour film marathon in the acclaimed Sarawak Culture Village (SCV)," he told reporters after chairing an AIFFA meeting, here today.
The director of the festival, Livan Tajang said the festival would showcase celebrities, film screenings and business networking, amidst the presence of major media organizations.
Livan said Hollywood stars Datuk Jackie Chan of Hong Kong and Malaysia's very own Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh would be among celebrities attending the gala night and awards presentation on April 11 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
She said Malaysia will be the biggest delegation with 50 people, led by film maker and actor Datuk Yusof Haslam while Indonesia will be sending a strong delegation of 30, including their popular singer Emelia Contessa.
On the movie marathon, Livan said several competing films from the Asean countries including Indonesia's popular film "Sukarno" will be screened at SCV on April 10.
She said tickets for the movie marathon are now on sale at RM30 each and can be purchased at the AIFFA secretariat situated in the Sarawak Tourism Complex and at SVC.
Meanwhile Tickets for the gala night are priced at RM500 each for the main hall and RM50 each for those watching from the BCCK foyer.
Livan said among the artistes performing at the gala dinner are Malaysian Dayang Norfaizah, Anuar Zain, Faizura, Dewi Liana Seriestha, Indonesian Emilia Contessa, Philippines singer Pialo Pascual, Tata Young and K-Pop group from Korea.
"During the gala night Michelle Yeoh, winner of the award in 2013, will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to an Asean film personality who has broken the international barrier," she said.