The Asianet Film Awards is an award ceremony for films presented annually by Asianet, a Malayalam-language television network from the south-Indian state of Kerala. Asianet says that awards ceremony has been instituted to honour both artistic and technical excellence in the Malayalam language film industry. The awards ceremony was co-sponsored by Johnson & Johnson in the year 1998 later Lux took up the sponsorship in the next 5 years .Then Jiva soap in 2004 and then Ujala for many years. From 2016, function is sponsored by Nirapara. Bhima Jewellers took the title sponsor in 2018 event. The function is normally held in Kochi , Angamaly and Thiruvanathapuram cities in Kerala. It was also held twice in Dubai. The most recent award was the 21st Asianet Film Awards which held on 6 and 7 April 2019 at Kochi.