Australia

Andrew Pike OAM

Chair

Andrew Pike is a film distributor, historian and documentary filmmaker. His company, Ronin Films, began theatrical distribution in 1974, focusing on films from Asia Pacific and Europe including many Chinese Fifth Generation films in the 1980s, and Japanese classics. The company’s Australian releases include Baz Luhrmann’s BAFTA-winning Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Scott Hicks’ Academy Award®-winning Shine (1996).

His directorial debut was Angels of War (1983), a documentary about Papua New Guinea’s involvement in WWII that won an Australian Film Institute Award. In 2007, Andrew Pike received an Order of Australia Medal and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra. For ten years until 2012, he served on various iterations of the Board of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and since 2017 he has been Director of the Canberra International Film Festival.

He has been Chair of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund since it began.

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Thailand

Mai Meksawan

Mai Meksawan is a Bangkok-based producer. Prior to founding the production and sales company Diversion in 2014, he was a programmer at Bangkok International Film Festival and co-founder of another production company Extra Virgin. His credits as producer include Manta Ray (dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, 2018 Orizzonti Award for Best Film, Venice Film Festival), Come Here (dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2021 Berlinale Forum), Anatomy of Time (dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong, 2021 Tokyo FILMeX Grand Prize and premiered at Venice Orizzonti) and Worship (dir. Uruphong Raksasad, 2018 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund). His upcoming projects include Solids by the Seashore (dir. Patiparn Boontarig, first feature film) and Phuttiphong Arronpheng’s latest film Morrison.

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Islamic Republic of Iran

Maryam Ebrahimi

The Emmy award-winning producer and director Maryam Ebrahimi was born in Tehran in 1976. She studied Art and Art theory at Art faculty in Tehran and continued her education in Sweden in ’Art in the public realm’ at Konstfck.

Later she started to work as producer, director and researcher in documentary field. She co-directed and produced Nima Film’s 2012 documentary No Burqas Behind Bars, set in an Afghan women’s prison and directed the short documentary Susie’s Dollhouse for Swedish broadcaster SVT.

For Nima Film Maryam also produced I Was Worth 50 Sheep (2010) filmed in Afghanistan, Those Who Said No (2014) filmed in Iran, Sweden and Japan and Prison Sisters filmed in Sweden and Afghanistan.

Her last feature documentary as director, Stronger than a Bullet, was shot in the border between Iran and Iraq and had premiere at IDFA 2017. Documentary “Born to Struggle”, shot in Rohingya refugee camp, was her last project working with Nimafilm. She is also shooting her new documentary The Phantom pain of Rojava, a film about the women revolution in Rojava, north of Syria. The film is produced by Mantaray Film.

Maryam won the Chicken & Egg Award 2021, an award for women nonfiction filmmakers.

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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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