Paolo Bertolin is a festival programmer, film writer and producer. He worked as the Venice Film Festival’s international consultant for South and South East Asia, Oceania and Turkey. He has also worked for Rotterdam, Locarno and Doha Film Institute festivals and in 2019 was announced as the head of the Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. As a producer, Bertolin has worked on films like Dang Di Phan Vietnam-made Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (2015), which screened in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Lav Diaz’s epic eight-hour black-and-white drama A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016), which also screened in competition at Berlin and won that festival’s Alfred Bauer Award for “a feature film that opens new perspectives.” He has remained an advocate for Asia Pacific cinema reporting from film festivals around the world for international publications.
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.