10th APSA names 2 Iranian nominees

TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) – Nominees in the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) of Australia were announced today, with two Iranian titles vying for top awards.

Nominees in the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) Youth, Animation and Documentary Feature Film categories were announced today along with the International Jury who will determine the winners in each of the three awards. The winners will be announced at the prestigious APSA Ceremony on Thursday 24 November in Brisbane, Australia, with nominees in attendance. Among the nominees are two Iranian titles, including feature film 'Breath' by Narges Abyar and documentary 'Starless Dreams' by Mehrdad Oskouei which has recently won Best Documentary Award at the 60th BFI London Film Festival. 

Films competing for APSA Best Youth Feature Film are:

Breath (Nafas, Islamic Republic of Iran) which world premiered at Fajr Film Festival this year winning awards in both the National and International Competition

Winner of Best Marathi Film at 63rd National Film Awards in India The Quest (Ringan, India)

Berlinale Crystal Bear Generation Kplus winner, Malayalam film The Trap (Ottaal, India)

Wolf and Sheep (Afghanistan, Denmark, France, Sweden) which world premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, picking up the Art Cinema Award

The World of Us (Woorideul,  Republic of Korea) which world premiered and was nominated for the Crystal Bear in Berlinale’s 2016 Generation Kplus program

Films competing for APSA Best Animated Feature Film are:  

United Arab Emirates’ first animated feature Bilal  (United Arab Emirates, United States of America) which picked up Best Inspiring Movie at Cannes’ 2016 Animation Day Festival  in May

Manang Biring (Philippines) which was selected for Annecy International Film Festival and won both Best Film & Best Music in Philippines’ Cinema One Originals Film Festival

Savva ( Russian Federation) selected for Dubai International Film Festival

Seoul Station (Seoul-yeok,  Republic of Korea) which world premiered In Competition at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 

Sheep and Wolves (Volki i Ovtsy, Russian Federation) was screened In Competition at Annecy International Animation Festival this year

Films competing for APSA Best Documentary Feature film are:

APSA’s first nomination for a film from Republic of the Union of Myanmar City of Jade (Fei Cui Zhi Cheng, Taiwan, Republic of the Union of Myanmar)

Exile (Exil, Cambodia, France), presented as a Special Screening at Cannes Film Festival this year, nominated for the festival’s L'Œil d'or (Golden Eye) documentary award

Snow Monkey (Australia, Norway), the only Australian documentary In Competition at the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2015

Starless Dreams  (Royahaye Dame Sobh,  Islamic Republic of Iran), multi-award winner including Best Director at both Iran’s Cinema Verite and Eastern Pamorama Fajr Film Festival

Under the Sun (V Luchakh Solnca,  Russian Federation, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea) which picked up both the Jury Prize for Best Director and a Special Jury Prize at last year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

The APSA Youth, Animation & Documentary Jury is chaired by film critic, author and expert festival programmer Chris Fujiwara (USA) together with Mumbai Film Festival selection committee member and childrens arts and education advocate Nira Benegal (India) and former APSA International Jury member, writer, and feature and documentary filmmaker Christoph Shaub (Switzerland) whose appointment highlights the ten-year relationship between the European Film Academy (EFA) and APSA.

Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its Academy Michael Hawkins said “it is an honour to have such an esteemed Jury taking on the formidable task of determining the winners from an elite field of award-winning films in these three important categories. I don’t envy their task.” 

APSA Film Director Maxine Williamson said “2016 has been the strongest year to date we have had for these three categories, particularly films for Youth, made for audiences up to 18 years of age. It is refreshing to see so much cinema being made for the adolescent age bracket in this region. Across the three categories,  a record 115 films were In Competition to determine these nominees.”

The nomination goes to the producers in Best Film categories, however, in honour of the creative role of the director, both the producers and directors are invited into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy making them eligible to apply for the 2016 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. The Fund was created to support, at script stage, new feature film projects originated by APSA Academy members and their colleagues across Asia Pacific. The fund awards four development grants of US$25,000 annually, and is wholly supported by the MPA (Motion Picture Association). 

APSA and its Academy is committed to its ongoing collaborations with UNESCO, FIAPF, the European Film Academy (EFA), the Motion Picture Association (MPA), NETPAC (the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), the Asia Pacific Screen Lab (APSL) and Griffith Film School.

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