I am delighted to welcome the nominees, juries, academy members and guests to the 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
It is my distinct pleasure to induct this year’s nominees and the new panel, council and jury members to the Asia Pacific Screen Academy. They join the region’s most powerful platform that connects our filmmakers for a common goal of igniting and honouring cinematic excellence.
The Academy marks a significant milestone this year; 10 years of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. Tonight’s announcement brings the total number of projects funded to 40, an incredible feat, and I thank the MPA for their unwavering support.
The echo of these 40 unique voices spans the globe, they have changed perceptions, challenged norms and have made a tangible impact on the place in which we all live. After all film is the universal language and Asia Pacific film has come of age. I congratulate this year’s class of 2019.
Jack Thompson AM PhD
Asia Pacific Screen Academy
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.