Honouring Cinematic Excellence Across the Asia Pacific Region

Proudly brought to you by Brisbane, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) are the region’s highest accolade in film, where cinematic excellence shines.

Established in 2007, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are proudly brought to you by the City of Brisbane, Australia’s New World City. APSA is the region’s highest accolade in film where cinematic excellence shines. With films from 70 countries and areas in the region, APSA honours filmmaking that best reflects its cultural origins and the diversity of the Asia Pacific.

APSA is an international cultural program supported by Brisbane City Council and powered by Brisbane Marketing. It is endorsed by foundation partners Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. The awards ceremony is an exclusive presentation unique to Brisbane.

Now in its second decade, APSA has solidified itself as a globally-recognised event that is a defining part of the international film calendar. Nearly 3000 films have featured in competition and while they cover varied genres, styles and scope, they have all been united by their diversity. Each film tells its own unique story in its own way, from its own country of origin.

APSA is also aiding the further connection of the Asia Pacific to the rest of the world through its ongoing alliance with the European Film Academy and the recently announced partnership with The Premios Platino Awards. These relationships now give Brisbane, APSA and its Academy representation across four continents and in over 100 countries. The 2018 APSA ceremony brings many of the region’s leading filmmakers – newcomers and masters alike – together.

This year’s far-reaching selection of nominees encompasses 46 films that represent the stories of 22 countries and areas of the Asia Pacific. APSA’s reach goes beyond just simply giving out awards. APSA brings people together from all over the world, fostering international relationships and cultural awareness that has led to powerful ties and prosperous friendships between artists that could not have been achieved outside of APSA.

Extending now into its 12th year, APSA continues to unearth the rich stories of the region and open doors and unique opportunities for those in the film industry. APSA has drawn the entire world’s attention to the Asia Pacific’s inherent cinematic diversity and is recognised internationally for the way it unites and inspires.

The global film industry has become more connected and spread more widely through co-productions, streaming and new funding methods like crowd-funding. APSA’s international reach continues to grow and is now an essential part of the international film community.


  • Acclaim filmmaking in the Asia Pacific region that best reflects its culture and, origins and cinematic excellence
  • Award and honour the people behind this excellence
  • Promote this outstanding work in film to a global audience in order to broaden the market appeal of such works
  • Encourage collaboration between filmmakers in the region and around the world
  • Develop, through film, greater understanding of the region’s various cultures
  • Take the creativity of our neighbouring cultures in the vast Asia Pacific region to the world

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