On Saturday 24 July, Queensland-based jury members, aged 14-17, will participate in a screening program day at Griffith Film School, where they will view and critique three Asia Pacific films to determine the winner of the inaugural Asia Pacific Young Audience Award.

The program was created after Brisbane’s participation in the European Film Academy’s Young Audience Award. The Asia Pacific version of the program, with Asia Pacific jury members and films, was designed to provide a rewarding opportunity for our region’s young film buffs and emerging filmmakers to engage with content from their own part of the world that they would not easily discover otherwise.

Three Asia Pacific films have been selected in consultation with the Asia Pacific Screen
Academy, aligning with films in competition for Best Youth Film and Best Animated Film.

The films are:

Islamic Republic of Iran, 2020
Directed by Majid Majidi
Distributed by Madman Entertainment

Japan, 2021
Directed by Yusuke Hirota
Distributed by Kiyuki Inc.

Australia, 2020
Directed by John Sheedy
Distributed by Universal

Jury members will also engage in an exclusive Q&A with the filmmakers on Sunday 25 July, when the winning film will be announced.

The Asia Pacific Young Audience Award has received screen culture funding from Screen Queensland, and is supported by the Australian Teachers of Media Qld, Griffith Film School, Five Star Cinemas and Dendy Cinemas.

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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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