Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative overseen by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy and headquartered in Australia, sometimes called "Asia-Pacific Oscars".[2] In order to realise UNESCO's goals of promoting and preserving the different cultures through the influential medium of cinema, it honours and promotes the films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia Pacific area to a worldwide audience.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Current: 16th Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Asia Pacific Screen Awards logo
Awarded forBest in film and documentary in the Asia-Pacific region
Presented byUNESCO, FIAPF and Brisbane City Council, Australia[1]
First awarded2007
Last awarded2023
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16th →

Event history edit

APSA was established in 2007 and works with FIAPF, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. An international jury selects the winners, and films are evaluated based on their cinematic quality and how well they reflect their cultural backgrounds. More than 70 nations and regions in the Asia Pacific region are represented by APSA, which introduces their films to new international audiences. It is a sister organisation to the European Film Academy and Premios PLATINO del Cine Iberoamericano.

Nominees are inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy. Australian screen legend, Jack Thompson AM, is the President of the Academy.

Members of the International Jury in the past include Tran Anh Hung, Annemarie Jacir, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Garin Nugroho, Diana El Jieroudi, Eric Khoo, Mike Downey, Rubaiyat Hossain, Alexander Rodnyansky, Nia Dinata, Deepak Rauniyar, Jill Bilcock, He Saifei, Adolfo Alix Jr, Asghar Farhadi, Anthony Chen, Hiam Abbass, Lu Yue, Maciej Stuhr, Rajit Kapur, Shyam Benegal, Malini Fonseka, Nansun Shi, David Puttnam, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Salman Aristo, Gina Kim, Samuel Maoz, Kaori Momoi, Tahmineh Milani, Jan Chapman, Sasson Gabai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Aparna Sen, Bruce Beresford, Huang Jianxin, Shabana Azmi and Jafar Panahi.

Film categories and awards edit

The following four film categories are available for submission of movies:

The following accomplishments are recognised with awards accordingly:

In addition, exceptional success is recognised with special awards:

Major award winners edit

Year Best Feature Film Best Animated Feature Film Best Documentary Feature Film Best Youth Feature Film Achievement in Directing Best Screenplay Achievement in Cinematography Best Performance by an Actress Best Performance by an Actor
  Secret Sunshine   Japan 5 Centimeters per Second   Lebanon Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos   Indonesia Denias, Singing on the Could   Iran Rakhshan Bani-E'temad, Mohsen Abdolvahab
for Mainline

Feroz Abbas Khan
for Gandhi, My Father


Hooman Behmanesh for Those Three


Jeon Do-yeon
for Secret Sunshine


Erkan Can
for Takva: A Man's Fear of God

  Tulpan   Israel

  France   Germany Waltz with Bashir

  63 Years On   Australia The Black Ballon  

Nuri Bilge Ceylan for
Three Monkeys


Eran Riklis and Suha Arraf for
Lemon Tree

  Lee Mogae for The Good, The Bad, The Weird   Hiam Abbass for
Lemon Tree
  Reza Naji for
The Song of Sparrows
  Samson & Delilah   Australia Mary and Max   Israel

  Denmark   United States Defamation

  South Korea A Brand New Life   Lu Chuan for
City of Life and Death
  Asghar Farhadi for
About Elly
  China Cao Yu for City of Life and Death   Kim Hye-ja
for Mother
  Masahiro Motoki for
  Aftershock   China Piercing I   China

  Canada Last Train Home

  Iran The Other   Lee Chang-dong for
  Samuel Maoz for
  Sudheer Palsane for The Well   Yoon Jeong-hee for
  Chen Daoming for

A Separation

  Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild   Sweden   Japan

  United States I Was Worth 50 Sheep



  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Denis Osokin for
Silent Souls

  Turkey Gökhan Tiryaki for Once Upon A Time in Anatolia   Nadezhda Markina for
  Wang Baoqiang for
Mr. Tree
  Beyond the Hill   Japan A Letter to Momo   Iraq

  United Kingdom   Netherlands In My Mother's Arms

  Indonesia The Mirror Never Lies  Brillante Mendoza for
Thy Womb
  Reis Çelik for
Night of Silence
  Touraj Aslani for Rhino Season   Nora Aunor for
Thy Womb
  Choi Min-sik for
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time
  Omar   Russia Ku! Kin-dza-dza   Denmark

  Norway   United Kingdom The Act of Killing

  South Korea Juvenile Offender   Anthony Chen for
Ilo Ilo
  Ritesh Batra for
The Lunchbox

Lu Yue for Back to 1942

  Zhang Ziyi for
The Grandmaster
  Lee Byung-hun for
  Leviathan   Japan The Tale of Princess Kaguya   Iraq 1001 Apples   Turkey   Germany Sivas   Nuri Bilge Ceylan for
Winter Sleep
  Nima Javidi

  Hong Kong Dong Jinsong for Black Coal, Thin Ice

  Lü Zhong for
Red Amnesia
  Cliff Curtis for
The Dark Horse
  Cemetery of Splendour   Japan Miss Hokusai   China The Chinese Mayor   China River   Aleksei Alekseivich German for
Under Electric Clouds
  Senem Tüzen for
  TaiwanMark Lee Ping-bing for The Assassin   Kirin Kiki for
Sweet Bean
  Jung Jae-young for
Right Now, Wrong Then
  Cold of Kalandar   South Korea Yeon Sang-ho for Seoul Station   Iran Mehrdad Oskouei for Starless Dreams   South Korea Yoon Ga-eun The World of Us   Feng Xiaogang for
I Am Not Madame Bovary
  Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Tadashi Nohara &
Tomoyuki Takahashi for
Happy Hour

  Hungary Cevahir Şahin, Kürşat Üresin for Cold of Kalandar

  Hasmine Killip for
Ordinary People
  Manoj Bajpayee for
  Sweet Country   Canada Ann Marie Fleming for Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming   Syria   Denmark   Germany

Last Men in Aleppo


  Australia   Qatar   Netherlands Kamila Andini for The Seen and Unseen

  Andrey Zvyagintsev for
  Amit Masurkar& Mayank Tewari for
  Russia Rustam Khamdamov for The Bottomless Bag   Nato Murvanidze for
Scary Mother
  Rajkummar Rao for


  Shoplifters   Russia Leo Gabriadze for Rezo   Australia Paul Damien Williams, Shannon Swan for Gurrumul     Turkey The Pigeon   Nadine Labaki for Capharnaüm   Dan Kleinman and Sameh Zoabi for

Tel Aviv on Fire


  France   Netherlands Hideho Urata for A Land Imagined

  Zhao Tao for Ash Is Purest White   Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Manto


  Parasite   Japan Makoto Shinkai for Weathering with You   Israel

  Switzerland   Canada Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche forAdvocate


Rodd Rathjen for Buoyancy

    Adilkhan Yerzhanov for

A Dark, Dark Man

  Kantemir Balagov & Aleksandr Terekhov for


  Russia Ksenia SEREDA for


  Maxene Eigenmann for Verdict   Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle


  Drive My Car   Russia Andrei Khrzhanovsky for The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks   Sweden Hogir Hirori for Sabaya   South Korea Yoon Dan-bi for Moving On     Asghar Farhadi for

A Hero

  Ryusuke Hamaguchi& Takamasa Oe for

Drive My Car


  Singapore   France   Thailand   GermanyNguyễn Vinh Phúc for Taste

  Azmeri Haque Badhon for Rehana Maryam Noor   Merab Ninidze for House Arrest


  Before, Now & Then       Aurora's Sunrise       All That Breathes         Farha     Davy ChouReturn to Seoul   Makbul Mubarak – Autobiography   Niklas Lindschau – The Stranger   Lee Jung-eunHommage as Ji-wan


    Perfect Days        The Siren   Against the Tide   Bauryna Salu     Celine Song for Past Lives     Anthony Shim for Riceboy Sleeps   Azamat Dulatov for Qas   Mouna Hawa for Inshallah a Boy

Other awards edit

On November 29, 2018, the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards presented the Best Original Score Asia Pacific Screen Award for the first time. The head of the jury for the first-ever award was Ryuichi Sakamoto.[3] This new category is intended to "honour more excellent films and the musicians who contribute so profoundly to the emotions of the movie," according to APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins.[4][5][6][7]

Winners and nominees edit

Year Nominees English title Original title
2018     Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jóhann Jóhannsson Mary Magdalene
  Eléni Karaïndrou Bomb, A Love Story Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh
  Harry Gregson-Williams Breath
    Omar Fadel Yomeddine
  Ryan Cayabyab The Portrait

References edit

  1. ^ About us. Archived 18 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bochenski, Natalie (28 October 2013). "Turn Brisbane into Busan? There's an APSA for that". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 24 September 2023.
  3. ^ Frater, Patrick (3 October 2018). "Ryuichi Sakamoto Heads Jury for New APSA Music Award". Variety. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ "How the Asia Pacific Screen Awards celebrate the region's cultural diversity". Screen Daily (sponsored). Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Best Original Score Nominees and Jury Announced - Asia Pacific Screen Awards". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ Frater, Patrick (17 October 2018). "'Shoplifters' Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  7. ^ "APSA Nominees & Winners - Asia Pacific Screen Awards". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Archived from the original on 27 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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