On this page, APSA nominees and guests will find answers to the most frequently asked questions that you might have. Click on the question to read our response. If you do not find the information that you need, please contact one of the APSA team on [email protected] or speak to one of our travel team.

  • 1. What are the Asia Pacific Screen Awards?

    The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) are now in their 13th year and are hosted annually in Brisbane, Australia. The APSAs recognise and promote the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region. We award the people behind the excellence, while bringing their achievements to a global audience. Nominated films come from 70 countries and areas from the Middle East to Polynesia, from Russia to Australia.

    To read more about APSA and its aims please click here.

  • 2. What is the Asia Pacific Screen Forum?

    The Asia Pacific Screen Academy also hosts an industry forum in the days preceding the APSA Ceremony (held 19-21 November in 2019) where we seek to develop and nurture Asia Pacific’s talent. This forum has begun to create an influential network where strategic and creative decisions are made, projects are championed and collaborations are born. All nominees and official guests coming to Brisbane for APSA will be invited to participate in the forum events.

  • 3. What is the Asia Pacific Screen Academy?

    The Asia Pacific Screen Academy was established in 2008 to encourage dialogue and collaboration for the region’s filmmakers. This unique creative network is comprised of all APSA winners, nominees, jurors, Nomination Council members and special invitees. As of 2019 there are over 1200 Academy Members.

  • 4. How do I become a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy?

    All APSA nominees are inducted as an APSA Academy member, with benefits including exclusive access to the MPA APSA Film Fund for script development.

    Academy members, including 2019 APSA Nominees will receive future correspondence and opportunities from the APSA Academy via email, as well as a listing on the APSA website including your professional headshot and biography.

  • 5. What is the MPA APSA Academy Fund?

    APSA members are offered the exclusive opportunity to enter The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, which offers four annual grants of US$25,000 to films in the script development phase of production. Applications close for the next round of grants on Friday 25 October 2019. Previous recipients include Academy Award®-winner A Separation by Asghar Farhadi, and Cannes-competing titles like Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning. To read more please click here.

  • 6. How do I attend the ceremony?

    To celebrate your nomination, APSA would like to extend an offer of complimentary travel and accommodation to Brisbane, Australia for one (1) nominee to represent your film at the 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony to be held on 21 November 2019, as well as the opportunity to participate in the three-day Asia Pacific Screen Forum (19-21 November 2019) preceding the awards ceremony.

    Travel for the nominee includes one (1) economy return airfare from the airport closest to your home city, cost of VISA application (if done through our agent) and ground transport to your accommodation, as well as to official APSA events during your stay as required. The nominee will also receive three (3) nights of accommodation at the five-star Emporium Hotel South Bank. Check-in will be Tuesday 19 November and check-out will be on Friday 22 November.

    Emporium Hotel South Bank, 267 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

    The APSA travel team will be in regular contact with you or your primary contact to confirm travel arrangements and make sure you have everything that you need for a safe and comfortable journey.

    Please note that APSA’s complimentary travel does not include airport transfers outside Brisbane, or pre and/or post accommodation.

  • 7. Do I need a visa?

    All visitors to Australia who are not travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport must have a valid VISA, before boarding their plane regardless of length of stay.

    APSA will work with you to assist you with your VISA application with the support of Emergico Migration Agents and cover the associated costs for the approved nominee.

    Please be aware that the VISA process can take up to six weeks depending on the country you are from. Early confirmation of attendance is important so we can commence work on your visa application as a matter of priority.

    We then request that you provide all of the required information promptly, to ensure your application can be submitted by Emergico as early as possible allowing adequate time for approval of VISAs.

  • 8. What if I am a nominee and I cannot attend the Ceremony?

    If you are unable to attend yourself, the APSA team will be in contact to seek representation for the nominated film at the APSA Ceremony in Brisbane by an appropriate member of the production team.

    Please ensure you still supply your personal contact details, headshot and biography to the APSA team on [email protected] to receive future correspondence and opportunities from the APSA Academy, as well as a listing on the APSA website.

  • 9. What should I wear to the Ceremony?

    The APSA Ceremony is a formal event. It will be preceded by a red carpet event for Ceremony guests that will feature Australian and international press journalists, television presenters and photographers. We require nominees and their guests to wear formal evening attire to the Ceremony. APSA encourages attendees to wear formal national dress. See last year’s ceremony and red carpet photos for inspiration.

    See ceremony images from 2018 here.

  • 10. Can I bring my partner, a guest, or another nominee?

    Additional nominees or guests are very welcome to join the Nominee in Brisbane, however any additional travel, accommodation and dining costs will NOT be covered by APSA. If you wish to bring somebody with you, please inform the APSA travel team so that they can arrange extra Ceremony tickets and where appropriate, access to the industry forum and leisure events.

  • 11. What happens if I win my award category?

    APSA winners receive a unique handblown glass vessel. The vessel will have appropriate packaging to enable winners to take this as carry-on luggage on their flight home. If the winner is not able to attend the ceremony, APSA will arrange transportation of the vessel to them. Winners who are not able to attend the ceremony, but can attend one of APSA’s several international events throughout the year have the option of accepting their award vessel there.

    More about the vessels

  • 12. How will I get around Brisbane?

    The APSA travel team will arrange all travel to and from the airport, as well as to and from all meals and all official APSA nominee events.

    Upon arrival at Brisbane International Airport, you will be greeted and taken to the Emporium Hotel South Bank, where an APSA representative will take you through the information needed for your stay and ensure you have everything that you need including your APSA accreditation. If your flight arrives in the middle of the night and no APSA representative is in the foyer to greet you, please check in with hotel staff and meet the APSA team the next morning.

  • 13. What if I need an interpreter?

    Should guests need an interpreter, they must let APSA know when they fill out their Travel Form. This will be arranged for their arrival so that they are able to ask questions and get clarification about activities over the four days until their departure. An interpreter will also be made available for them at official events.

  • 14. What if I have an accessibility requirement?

    Please inform the travel team about anything that may affect your flight and/or your stay. This includes walking difficulties or other accessibility needs.

  • 15. What if I have dietary requirements?

    Please inform the travel team about any dietary requirements as this could affect group dining options and official event catering. There is a space for this on your Travel Form that must be answered. Allergy information is particularly important. Dietary requirements include, but are not limited to:

    Vegetarian; Vegan; Halal; Pescetarian; Food allergies (seafood, nuts, gluten, etc)

  • 16. What will my schedule be when I reach Brisbane?

    APSA organises a three-day schedule for all nominees beginning from their arrival in Brisbane. Guests must attend the Nominee Welcome Function and the APSA Ceremony. They will also be invited to attend other events including Asia Pacific Screen Forum and associated networking events; Brisbane city walking tours; and an excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

  • 17. How can I share my APSA journey on social media?

    APSA can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All nominees and guests are encouraged to use the #APSA2019 and #thisisbrisbane hashtags using the tags below. APSA encourages all nominees and guests to document their time in Brisbane across your social media platform.

    Facebook: please tag @asiapacificscreenawards

    Twitter and Instagram: please tag @APScreenAwards

    Please use the #APSA2019 and #ThisIsBrisbane hashtag in your posts

  • 18. Will I have spare time for personal travel?

    The official APSA itinerary will feature several optional events that the nominee can choose to not attend, but it is highly recommended that guests attend these functions. There will also be time between events. Any personal travel not on the official APSA itinerary will be at the guest’s own discretion and cost.

  • 19. Can I stay longer than the three nights?

    Guests can stay longer than three nights, but any additional costs including accommodation, must be paid for by the nominee including early check-in or late check-out. APSA will still pay for the nominee’s flight home even if they do choose to stay in Brisbane after the ceremony.

  • 20. Will I have to pay any fees?

    Personal expenses will be the responsibility of the nominee. Some of the costs that will not be reimbursed by APSA include, but are not limited to:

    • Travel insurance costs (recommended and necessary for VISA to ensure you have health cover while in Australia)
    • Overweight luggage fees
    • Early check-ins and late check-out fees
    • Additional room nights outside of the APSA schedule
    • Hotel mini-bar refreshments and snack purchases
    • Room service
    • Tips and gratuities
    • In-room movies
    • Telephone calls and smartphone data roaming charges
    • Hotel services including dry cleaning
    • Any non-official travel
    • Tours and activities not hosted by APSA
    • Meals at the airport and local venues outside of APSA functions
    • Late travel amendments
  • 21. Will I have internet access in Brisbane?

    Guests of the Emporium Hotel South Bank receive complimentary wi-fi internet for email and web browsing. The venue also offers a duel line, voice over IP phone system with voice mail.

    Brisbane City Council also offers free wireless internet access in 30 parks and public spaces across the city including throughout the CBD and South Bank. These services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but download capabilities are limited. The network can be connected via your smart phone or internet-enabled device’s wifi option.

  • 22. Is tipping a part of Australian culture?

    No, tipping is not an essential part of Australian culture. However, if you wish to leave a restaurant server or hotel staff a gratuity or tip as a thank you for their good service this is at your discretion.

  • 23. What is the weather like in Brisbane?

    Brisbane’s climate is sub-tropical. The average November temperature in Brisbane is 18°C – 28°C (64°F – 82°F). It is important to be aware of the strength of the Australian sun. Guests should always wear sunscreen and protective clothing including hats when outdoors.

  • 24. How do I get in touch with the APSA team?

    Please feel free to email [email protected] with any queries or to discuss your needs.

    You can also phone during business hours (09:00 – 17:00 AEST) on +61 7 3006 6200.

    The APSA team will have an operations office located at the hotel to support all guests, should you have any inquiries during your time in Brisbane.

  • 25. What are the terms and conditions?

    The participant releases and discharges, and will not bring any claim against, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards or any of its officers, employees or agents in the event that the participant sustains any personal injury (including sickness or death) or suffers any property or loss that may result from the participant’s acceptance of the itinerary, attendance at the site and participants in any activities.

    The Asia Pacific Screen Awards accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, omission, accident, detention, diversion or theft in regard to luggage or any personal belongings of the participant.

    The participate indemnifies and keeps indemnified, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and any of its officers, employees or agents for any liability, loss or damage that the participant or any other person suffers as a result of the participant’s misconduct, bad faith or negligence.

    Participation in any physical activity is at the sole discretion of the participant. The participant agrees to undertake all activities at their own sole risk and accepts the level of risk consequent with those activities.

    I consent to and grant the use and reproduction by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards or persons authorised by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards of all digital images, films, video images, photographs, graphic representations, voice and sound recordings (“material”) produced in any film, video medium or any other medium (including, without limitation, computer media and the internet). I agree to hold the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its agents harmless against any claims arising from the use of such materials.

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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