Igniting and Honouring Cinematic Excellence Across the Asia Pacific Region

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 the region’s highest accolade in film where cinematic excellence shines. With films from 78 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 presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy. It was established in consultation with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. APSA embraces the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions which ensures that artists, cultural practitioners and citizens worldwide have the right to cultural practice and preservation.

Now in its second decade, APSA has solidified itself as a globally-recognised event that is a defining part of the international film calendar. Over 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’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.

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, 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

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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