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Zanilia Zhao to receive AFA Next Generation Award

28 Feb - Zanilia Zhao has been selected to be the recipient of this year's AFA Next Generation Award at the Asian Film Awards.

The award recognises outstanding achievements by the next generation of talents in Asia who continue to strive for breakthroughs and progress.

Zanilia made her debut in 2006 when she emerged as the Feng Xiaogang's group champion in the Yahoo Search Star Game. Her popularity soared after she starred in the costume drama "New My Fair Princess" in 2011 and later in "The Journey of Flower" and "Princess Agents".

She has also been named Most Valuable Actress based on the 2017 Film Star Value Report released by CCSmart and ranked fourth in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list. She has won multiple awards including Audience's Choice for Actress Award at the 30th China TV Golden Eagle Award for "The Story of Minglan".

Zanilia in 'The Story of Minglan'
Zanilia in 'The Story of Minglan'

Speaking about the recognition, Zanilia said, "I would like to thank the AFA. Films have brought us many precious gathering moments and I truly look forward to seeing everyone on March 10 in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city - Hong Kong."

(Photo Source: Asian Film Awards IG, Soompi)