After nine years, the partnership between the MPA and the APSA Academy continues to support new feature films at script stage. These projects, originated by APSA Academy members and their colleagues across the region, will number 36 after the announcement of this year’s recipients at the APSA Ceremony.

2018 saw six Film Fund projects reach completion and premiere on the international festival circuit. These films have premiered to acclaim and awards and have put the APSA message in front of millions of viewers across the world. Filmmakers like Lee Chang-dong, Haifaa AlMansour, Rolf de Heer, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Asghar Farhadi have all been recipients of the funding initiative over its first eight years. Films produced with the assistance of the Film Fund have gone on to win the Academy Award®, the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the International Emmy, and have played the Cannes, Venice and Toronto festivals MPA APSA Academy Film Fund recipients nominated for APSA this year include Burning, The River, Memories of My Body, Ayka and Bomb, A Love Story.

Motion Picture Film Fund

Promoting & Protecting Screen Communities in Asia Pacific

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I) represent the interests of the six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment. To do so, they promote and protect the intellectual property rights of these companies and conduct public awareness programs to highlight to movie fans around the world the importance of content protection. These activities have helped to transform entire markets benefiting film and television industries in each country including foreign and local filmmakers alike.

The organisations act on behalf of the members of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) which include; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The MPA and the MPA-I have worldwide operations which are directed from their head offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and overseen in the Asia Pacific by a team based in Singapore. For more information about the MPA and the MPA-I, please visit

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