The MPA and APSA Academy are celebrating 14 years of collaboration supporting feature films at the script development stage through four annual grants of US$25,000.

Originated by APSA Academy members and their colleagues across the region, 52 projects from 27 countries and areas of the Asia Pacific have been supported through the initiative to date. The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund has seen significant success since 2010 with some of the region’s leading filmmakers’ recipients of this fund. The fund has supported filmmakers like Lee Chang-dong, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Rolf de Heer, and Asghar Farhadi. Films produced with the assistance of the fund have gone on the win the Academy Award ®, the Silver Bear, the international Emmy, and have played at the Cannes, Venice and Toronto festivals. This extraordinary initiative is proving to have a major effect on film across the region and reflects the MPA’s ongoing commitment to developing the work of storytellers from right across the Asia Pacific.

The 2023 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund is now Open for Submissions. The Rules and Regulations for the fund are found here.

Applications close on 15 October 2023.

EMAIL: [email protected] to check your eligibility and to receive the entry form. 

  • All projects submitted for the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund must be submitted by a member of the Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (see FAQ for definition and current list of Academy members).
  • The submitting Academy member must be attached to the project in one of the following roles: Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Actress, Cinematographer, Script Consultant or Cultural Advisor.
  • All projects must comply with the eligibility requirements as set out in the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund Rules and Regulations 2023.
  • All projects must be accompanied by a Submission Form which is available to APSA Academy members only. The link for the online Submission Form is available by request to: [email protected]
  • The Submission Form will require the applicant to supply a synopsis, treatment, filmography and biography of attached creatives and other important information relating to the project. Please visit the FAQ section for more details.
  • When the Submission Form is completed, any supporting materials must be sent the APSA Secretariat and emailed to [email protected]


Feature, Youth and Animated Feature Films

  1. One page synopsis (double line spaced, 12 point font)
  2. Treatment, maximum of 8 pages (double line spaced, 12 point font)
  3. Filmography and Biography of attached creatives
  4. First draft script will be accepted but will be at the Assessment Panel’s discretion as to whether it is referred to in the selection process

Documentary Feature Films

  1. One page synopsis (double line spaced, 12 point font)
  2. Proposal / Statement, maximum 8 pages (double line spaced, 12 point font) addressing the following points and questions:
    • What: The film’s agenda
    • How: How the idea will be translated to screen
    • Who: Background summary of the film’s key Subjects
    • Access: Applicant’s accessibility to the Subjects
  3. Filmography and Biography of attached creatives and Subjects where applicable


Promoting & Protecting Screen Communities in Asia Pacific

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific represents 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 organisation act on behalf of the members of the Motion Picture Association, Inc (MPA) which include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Netflix Studios, LLC, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Universal City Studios LLC, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The MPA has 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 MPA Asia Pacific, please visit and

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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