Winners in the 10th anniversary edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced on Thursday 24 November from the 10th APSA Ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, and via a live webcast to the globe. The APSA ceremony, a glamorous black tie event, will be attended by a record number of 1000 guests, including the 2016 APSA nominees and jurors and 500 international guests, encompassing guests of concurrent international screen events in Brisbane: Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF), the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT) Congress and the Asian Animation Summit.


Nominated guests for every APSA Award category are confirmed to attend, from countries including Australia, India, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan, United Arab Emirates, Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Philippines.


Guests attending the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony


International Guests include:

  • Lord David PuttnamAPSA International Jury President
  • Kim Dong-ho, founder and Chair of the Busan Film Festival, APSA International Jury Member
  • Shyam Benegalrenowned Indian filmmaker and APSA International Jury Member
  • Nansun ShiProducer, APSA International Jury Member
  • Anurag Kashyap, APSA nominated director of Psycho Raman. India’s answer to Tarantino, Kashyap has also served on the juries at Sundance and Busan Film Festivals
  • Leena Yadav, Writer, Director and Producer Parched – BAPFF Opening Night Film & APSA nominee
  • Japanese Actress Rira Kawamura, Winner Best Actress Locarno Film Festival, star of APSA nominated Happy Hour
  • Russian Australian Ilya Stewart, Producer of APSA nominated film The Student
  • Russian Actress Natalia Pavlenkova, APSA Best Actress nominee star of Zoology
  • Youn Yuh-jungcelebrated Korean Actress and APSA nominee for The Bacchus Lady and Director E J-yong
  • Iranian writer/director Reza Mirkarimi (Daughter) APSA Best Feature Film nominee
  • Iranian Actor Farhad Aslani, APSA Best Performance by an Actor nominee (Daughter)
  • Indian Actor Manoj Bajpayee, APSA Best Performance by an Actor nominee (Aligarh)
  • Film critic, author and expert festival programmer Chris Fujiwarachair of the APSA Youth, Animation and Documentary Jury.


Australian Guests include:

  • Jack Thompson AM PhD, APSA Academy President
  • David Wenham, APSA Ceremony Presenter
  • Jan Chapman AO, Producer and member of APSA International Jury
  • Anjali Rao, APSA Ceremony Presenter
  • Director Bruce Beresford (Mao’s Last Dancer, Driving Miss Daisy)
  • Director Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, Charlotte Gray)
  • Director Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes, Charlie’s Country)
  • Actor Stephen Curry (Hounds of Love – Aus Premiere at BAPFF)
  • Director Ben Young (Hounds of Love – Aus Premiere at BAPFF)
  • Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk

Full list of guests attending available on request.


Media must register for each event, and attendance is subject to approval by APSA Publicists – contact [email protected]


Wednesday 23 November
– interviews available with APSA nominees –
09.00 – 10.30 CILECT Keynote speakers Bruce Beresford & Peggy Chiao Hsiung-Ping, Sofitel
09.30 – 13.30 APSA Nominees trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – photo opportunity
12.30 – 14.00 Media lunch event at Treasury Hotel [RSVP essential to [email protected]]
18.00 BAPFF Opening Night Event – screening + after party
Queensland Premiere: Parched, Writer/Director/Producer Leena Yadav in attendance.
Parched is nominated for APSA Best Screenplay.
Thursday 24 November 
– interviews available with APSA nominees –
09.00 – 10.30 CILECT Keynote Address: Lord David PuttnamQueensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University
11.15 – 11.35 APSA Ceremony Day Media Call including

APSA International Jury President Lord David Puttnam,
APSA Academy President Jack Thompson AM PhD, nominees & special guests

17.15 – 17.45 Media Accreditation open for Red Carpet
18.00 – 19.00 APSA Red Carpet Arrivals – black tie /traditional dress
19.30 10th APSA Ceremony – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
10.30 – 12.30 Asia Pacific Screen Lab graduation
BAPFF Q&A screenings with festival guests and APSA nominees:
18.30 – Daughter, followed by Q&A with writer Merhan Kashani, producer Reza Mirkarimi and actorFarhad Aslani in attendance
18.30 – The Bacchus Lady, followed by Q&A with director E J-yong and actress Youn Yuh-jung
21.00 – Zoology, followed by Q&A with actress Natalia Pavlenkova
12.00 – 15.00 Lunch with Women in Film at the Award Winning Emporium HotelPanelist: Parched Writer / Director / Producer Leena Yadav, Queensland Producer of Ella Veronica Fury, Australia Director of Hounds of Love, Ben Young, APSA BAPFF Film Director Maxine Williamson
13.00 Manang Biring followed by Q&A with Director Carl Papa
13.00 Muhammad, The Messenger of God, followed by a Q&A with Producer Mohammadreza Saberi
16.00 Cold of Kalandar, followed by Q&A with Producer Nermin Aytekin and Director Mustafa Kara
17.00 Psycho Raman, followed by Q&A with Director Anurag Kashyap
20.00 Hounds of Love, followed by a Q&A with Director Ben Young and Actor Stephen Curry

MEDIA MATERIALS: including stills, press kits, broadcast quality clips and more

Images and clips will be uploaded to this location throughout Ceremony week, including Red Carpet & Winner shots.



APSAMedia [email protected]

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Brisbane plays host a number of major screen culture events in November, with the flagship ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS celebrating its 10th edition.


Snapshot dates:

20-24 Nov – CILECT 2016 Congress

22-24 Nov – 5th Asian Animation Summit

23 Nov – BAPFF opening night

22-24 – APSA events

24 Nov – 10th APSA Ceremony


10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Thursday 24 November

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), proudly an Australian initiative, is the region’s highest accolade in film. 2016 marks the tenth year that APSA has recognised and promoted 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. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, now with a permanent home in Brisbane; Australia’s New World City, are presented by Treasury Casino & Hotel, supported by Brisbane City Council and managed by economic development board Brisbane Marketing. APSA has the privilege of a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

Media contact: [email protected]


3rd Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival – opening night Wednesday 23 November

BAPFF screens 23 Nov – 4 Dec

Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) showcases the creative and cultural breadth of cinematic works from the vast Asia Pacific region. The Festival program celebrates cinematic excellence and champions distinctive voices; it is also the programming team’s mission to honour films that reflect the best of their cultural origins.

Media contact: Dan Anderson [email protected]


CILECT Congress 2016 – Theme: Ethics/Aesthetics

20-24 November in Brisbane with 200 confirmed delegates.

Founded in Cannes 1955, CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools (French: Centre international de liaison des écoles de cinéma et de télévision) is the association of the world’s major film and television schools. The biennial CILECT CONGRESS includes the annual conference and is an opportunity for member schools to synchronize their efforts in maintaining the highest standards of film, television, and new media education.

Media Contact: Louise Crossin [email protected]


5th Asian Animation Summit 

22-24 November in Brisbane – expecting approx 200 delegates

Now in its fifth year, the Asian Animation Summit (AAS) is an annual event designed to showcase Asia’s strongest animated projects looking for investors and partners. AAS is neither a conference nor a market, but rather an event designed to attract producers of animation who are interested in co-producing projects with Asian-Pacific partners, as well as broadcasters, distributors and investors from the region and elsewhere.

The 2016 Asian Animation Summit is owned and produced by Kidscreen, with generous support from our hosting partners Screen Queensland and Brisbane Marketing, and presenting partners KOCCA (Korea), MDeC (Malaysia) and SIPA/DITP (Thailand).

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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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