Documentarian and writer Baby Ruth Villarama began her career producing and researching for international organisations and has worked with the British Council, CNN and National Geographic among others. She founded Voyage Studios and is an active advocate for socially-minded films and filmmaking in Southeast Asia. Her filmography includes Jazz in Love (2013), Little Azkals (2014) and Sunday Beauty Queen (2016).View Profile
SHIN Su-won was born in 1967. Her first feature Passerby #3 (2010) won the Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film award at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival. Her short film Circle Line (2012) won the Canal+ Prize in 65th Cannes Critic’s Week. Pluto (2013), her second feature, won a special mention Crystal Bear at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Madonna (2015) was selected for Un Certain Regard of the 68th Cannes Film Festival and won the Halekulani Award of 35th Hawaii International Film Festival. 2017’s Glass Garden was the opening film of 22th Busan International film festival and won the best screenplay in 38th Fantasporto International Film Festival. Her sixth film Hommage (2021) was premiered at 34th Tokyo International Film Festival and has so far screened at Jeonju, Tribeca, Sydney Film Festival and many others.View Profile
Tearepa Kahi has written and directed documentaries, award- winning shorts, and the film Mt Zion, starring Stan Walker — the most successful NZ local cinema release of 2012. He has since directed two feature-length music documentaries: acclaimed, Moa-nominated Poi E: The Story of Our Song in 2016, and Herbs – Songs of Freedom in 2019. Other directing credits include: Taua – War Party and The Speaker. His career in the arts started as a teen actor living in Christchurch including a two-year stint in Jim Moriarty’s theatre troupe. At Auckland University, he studied History and Māori and acted in Te reo film The Māori Merchant of Venice (2002) where he met his future wife.View Profile
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.