The Asia Pacific Screen Academy has today released the first look details for the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Forum. With all tickets on sale, it is calling for Expressions of Interest to participate in the hot-ticket Round Table events for 2022.

The dynamic Forum programme enables the local screen industry to access and engage with the incredible filmmaking talents of the region and features APSA Jury, nominees and Academy Members. Connecting the national industry with the global conversation, it fosters connections and collaborations, as well as cultural and knowledge exchange both from within Australia and across the Asia Pacific.

Comprised of In-Conversations, Workshops, Panel Discussions and intimate Roundtables, there is also a public program of screenings and Q&As, with the glamorous Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony taking place on Friday 11 November.

A highlight of the Forum for participants, the intimate round table discussions have become known for their unique position, enabling international filmmakers to freely and openly deep dive into a key topic with each other.

The three Roundtable topics are:

– EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING: the rise of cross-media storytelling

Wednesday 9th November, 12.45pm -2.15pm

– CASTING WITH INTENT: conscientious casting for authentic storytelling

Friday 11th November, 11.00am-12.30pm

– WORKING LOCAL, THINKING GLOBAL: filmmaking in Australia for International audiences

Friday 11th November, 1.30pm-3.00pm

Chair of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy Tracey Vieira:

“For fifteen years the Asia Pacific Screen Academy has gathered together in Queensland the exceptional filmmaking talent from the region to be celebrated at the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Seizing the phenomenal opportunity offered by bringing such a wealth of talent together, the Asia Pacific Screen Forum was created to make further connections, have bigger conversations, spark dynamic collaborations. I look forward to welcoming participants both in person and online from the now more than 70 countries and areas represented at APSA in 2022.”

Screen Queensland Chief Creative Officer, Dr Belinda Burns:

“The Asia Pacific Screen Forum presents our local screen practitioners with the most incredible opportunity to engage with talented filmmakers from across a region that produces half the world’s films. To have such an accessible world-class event here in our state is not to be missed — the Forum generates a spirit of cooperation and learning that will further enrich Queensland’s thriving screen culture and filmmaking community.”

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Forum are presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy with the support of major partners the City of Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, Motion Picture Association and Griffith Film School, Griffith University.

The Asia Pacific Screen Forum is also supported by Major Government Partner Screen Australia, ATOM QLD, Screenrights, Essential Screen Skills and QT Gold Coast.

Tickets are on sale for the full Forum and the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony. Both events will be presented as physical events at HOTA on the Gold Coast and be globally streamed.

The full Asia Pacific Screen Forum programme and the nominees for the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced Thursday 13 October.

Further details:


ABCG Film: Alicia Brescianini +61 400 225 603 Cathy Gallagher +61 416 227 282 / [email protected]


EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING: the rise of cross-media storytelling

12.45pm – 2.15pm

Producing creative content across multiple platforms is a method of engaging in hybrid storytelling, combining mediums and genres to create compelling enhanced narratives. Explore the opportunities and processes for identifying and harnessing cross-platform media with like-minded storytellers.

Does cinema have the scope to support cross-platform? Where does blended genre sit in the discourse? As museums and galleries explore immersive screen stories, how does cinema, VOD, and streaming fit? Discover the many possibilities for audience interaction through social media and apps, and how to engage one-on-one interactions that can be tailored to the audience.

Round table participants are invited to consider the various ways to combine different filming techniques to craft story, and to engage audiences, and explore how to introduce audience involvement and feedback, along with unique crowd-funding opportunities.

CASTING WITH INTENT: conscientious casting for authentic storytelling


Between the race-bending historical drama of Bridgerton to the casting in CODA, as screen stories grow more aware and diverse, discussions around authenticity on screen have evolved. As the diversity of the types of productions increases, alongside the advancement of movements such as “Nothing About Us Without Us” and “Own Voices”, the screen industry is increasingly identifying ways to enhance representation and support authentic storytelling.

From blind-casting to conscious-casting, what are the merits to open casting, and what responsibility does the screen industry have in casting authentically?

No more the token Black character, or the straight actor ‘playing’ queer, inclusive casting has engaged screen in a process of assessment and reflection. Can diverse casting be best supported through gender or race-bending characters or blind-casting, or is conscientious casting – building identity within the character – more meaningful?

WORKING LOCAL, THINKING GLOBAL: filmmaking in Australia for International audiences


Social media and internet marketing provides a direct connection to global audiences, and is taking some of the risk out of distribution by cultivating interest and establishing earning potential before committing to spend. But in an increasingly crowded online market, how do smaller countries like Australia cut through on the global stage?

With a global audience hungry for content, examine how Australian storytellers harness this momentum, and how making content for global consumption impacts productions from business modelling, crews, and processes. How do local funding bodies fit in to this conversation? And how do we maintain authenticity and voice while providing a story that will connect internationally.

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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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