Film lovers can win tickets to the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards at Brisbane City Hall next month by attending free open-air screenings of past nominees.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the first screening would be in the Chinatown Mall at 7pm, Thursday 14 November and feature Kiseki (I Wish), a film from Japan nominated for Best Children’s Feature Film in 2012.

“The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are the region’s highest accolade in film, recognising and promoting cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people and responsible for half of the world’s film output,” Cr Quirk said.

“The 2013 winners will be announced at a gala red carpet event at Brisbane City Hall on 12 December but prior to that there will be a number of free public screenings.

“It is a great honour for Brisbane to host the awards and an opportunity for residents to enjoy some of the world’s greatest cinematic offerings.

Kiseki is a beguiling tale of two young brothers trying to reunite their family and is a film that will appeal to all ages.

Kiseki was nominated for Best Children’s Feature Film at the 2012 APSAs. The film’s director, Kore-eda Hirokazu, is in competition again for this year’s awards for his film Like Father, Like Son.

“Chinatown Mall will host a free public screening each Thursday prior to the awards. As well as Kiseki, moviegoers will have the chance to see films such as Gattu from India which was also nominated for Best Children’s Feature Film in 2012 about a young street kid in a town where kite-flying is the local obsession.

“Those who attend these films in Chinatown will also have the chance to win double passes to attend the awards ceremony on 12 December.”

Details on screenings are available at http://www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com/the-awards/community-film-screenings/

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards were established in 2007. They are now managed by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

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