Recognising Cinematic Excellence Across the Asia Pacific Region

Established in 2007 with a permanent home in Brisbane, Australia’s New World City, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards acknowledge cinematic excellence from 70 countries and areas in the region, and recognise filmmaking that best reflect its cultural origins.

The region’s highest accolade in film, APSA is an international cultural program supported by Brisbane City Council and managed 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 and is streamed globally via live webcast.

During its bountiful first decade, APSA has seen more than 2500 films in competition. United by their diversity, each film has told its own story, in its own way, from its own country of origin. In 2017, the 41 nominated films represented the stories of 25 countries and areas of Asia Pacific.

APSA serves to foster a spirit of collaboration and opportunity among the most populous and fastest-growing cinematic region in the world and the 10th APSA ceremony brings some of the region’s leading filmmakers together in Brisbane for one of Asia Pacific’s largest multicultural gatherings. 2016 saw 500 industry professionals, specialists and academics converge on Brisbane for conferences centred around APSA making the 2016 APSA ceremony the largest event of its type in the country.

APSA AIMS TO:

  • 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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