I am delighted to welcome all of the 2018 nominees, Juries, other APSA Academy members and guests to the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
As President of the APSA Academy since its inception, it has been my distinct pleasure to watch it grow beyond my wildest dreams as a platform for connecting filmmakers and practitioners from across the region. Now with over 1200 members, it is a thrill to hear about all of the collaborations that have been born out this initiative, and the success stories that have emerged out of its existence.
It is great to see six films that received funding through the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund reach completion in 2018 and premiere at festivals across the world. There is no denying that this grant system has helped foster works of art that people are watching and responding to, and we are now seeing them flourish on the world stage. Many of those recipients are joining us tonight as nominees and I look forward to seeing who will be the next to benefit from this program, bringing the total to 36 filmmakers whose visions APSA has helped bring to life.
We also support the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, an initiative of Griffith Film School in partnership with the APSA Academy and NETPAC – Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema, and yet again seeing projects that have gone through this scheme reach audiences has been wonderful.
I was particularly happy to see the APSA Academy foster an alliance this year with Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano which alongside APSA’s existing alliance with the European Film Academy now allows APSA’s reach to span most continents and nearly 100 countries. What an achievement that is.
I look forward to reconnecting with APSA Academy members and introducing this year’s new inductees and I wish them the best of luck
Jack Thompson AM PhD
Asia Pacific Screen Academy
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