Brisbane hosted more than G20 in November. CAFF, the inaugural China-Australia Film Festival was also launched in the city.

CAFF is an initiative of China’s State Administration of Radio, Film & Television in association with the China Film Producers Association, Brisbane-based VAC International Group and Griffith Film School.

CAFF screened films from China and Australia and presented awards. The jury was led by Ming Zhengjiang, executive chairman of the CFPA and China Film Critics Institution. He has twice served on the jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

APSA executive chairman Michael Hawkins said that CAFF reinforced Brisbane’s positioning in Asia Pacific as the host of significant cultural events including APSA and BAPFF – the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival.

“China has had a consistent presence at APSA and this year has six nominated films in contention. It’s an interesting year as Russia also has six nominations.

“The jury president is Iran’s Asghar Fahadi, an APSA and Oscar winner for this film A Separation.”

BAPFF opens on November 29. The APSA awards ceremony in City Hall takes place on December 11.

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