The multi-talented and highly regarded Professor Zhang Xianmin is a producer, director, curator, writer and actor, active across many areas of the film industry. As a Professor at the prestigious Beijing Film Academy, Xianmin teaches screen writing and documentary filmmaking and occasionally French cinema and absurdist theatre. Xianmin has produced and co-produced many features, including Old Dog (2011), which saw Sonthar Gyal nominated for the 2011 APSA for Achievement in Cinematography. His acting credits include Rain Clouds Over Wushan (1996), Summer Palace (2006), Missing and Raised from Dust (2007), which he also wrote. Xianmin has also been a juror at more than a dozen international film festivals and served as Jury President of One Foundation Video Festival in 2012 and 2013. He organizes and programmes the China Independent Film Festival (CIFF) and Chinese indie cinema events around the world.
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.