From April 12 to April 15, Asheville, North Carolina, will be host to ActionFest 2012. Co-founded by Aaron Norris, the film festival brings new action films to fans. This will be the third time ActionFest will be surprising fans with some new films and honoring some of the top names in the business.
This year, two special awards are being honored. The ActionFest Fight Choreographer Award will be given to J.J. Perry. Perry, a veteran martial artist and stuntman, has been given rave review by fans for his intricate fight choreography. Perry was responsible for bringing the action in UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING (2006), X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2008), and most recently, WARRIOR (2011) and HAYWIRE (2012).
Speaking of HAYWIRE, lead actress and mixed martial artist Gina Carano will be given the first ever “Chick Norris” award. The award is presented to the Best Female Action Star. Carano received generally rave review for her lead role debut in HAYWIRE, as a double-crossed spy who seeks revenge.
As for the festival itself, Michael J. Bassett’s adaptation of the Robert E. Howard character SOLOMON KANE will open and Donnie Yen’s film WU XIA will close out the festival.
For more information on ActionFest, go to The Official ActionFest Website.