Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has congratulated three winners of the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) which have been announced as nominees in the 86th Academy Awards®.

Omar, which won the 2013 APSA for Best Feature Film, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The Act of Killing, which won the 2013 APSA for Best Documentary Feature Film, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category – the first time in history an Indonesian film has been nominated for an Oscar.

Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster), whose lead actress Zhang Ziyi won the 2013 APSA for Best Performance by an Actress, has been nominated for two Oscars – Cinematography and Best Costume.

2013 APSA nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), has also been nominated in the Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature Film.

“Congratulations to these filmmakers on this outstanding achievement. We wish them all the best in taking home an Oscar,” said the Lord Mayor.

“To have these films recognised on the world stage is testament to the high-quality films that are participating in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

“We look forward to celebrating another years of Asia Pacific cinematic excellence which will be honoured at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards presented by Treasury Hotel & Casino on Thursday 11 December 2014 in Brisbane City Hall.”

APSA Executive Chairman Michael Hawkins said this is tremendously exciting news for the Asia Pacific film industry.

“APSA aims to recognise and promote the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region,” said Mr Hawkins.

“Through our annual Awards ceremony, it is our hope that many more films from the highly creative Asia Pacific region will be recognised globally.”

APSA Academy member Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards for his film A Separation. The film was APSA’s 2011 Best Feature Film winner after receiving a $25,000 grant in the previous year through the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, allowing him to complete the film.

The 7th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards were held on 12 December 2013 at Brisbane City Hall.

The Awards, supported by Brisbane City Council and managed by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF International Federation of Film Producers Associations, recognise and promote 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. In 2013, 39 films from 23 countries and areas received award nominations.

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VIDEOS: To re-live the APSA winning moments of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Performance by an Actress, click here: http://www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com/videos/2013-asia-pacific-screen-awards-winning-moments

IMAGES: Images from the APSA ceremony are available here: http://www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com/photos/2013-apsa-winners/


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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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