Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards
13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Asia Pacific Screen Awards logo.jpg
Asia Pacific Screen Awards logo
Awarded forBest in film and documentary in the Asia-Pacific region
Presented byUNESCO, FIAPF and Brisbane City Council, Australia[1]
First awarded2007–present
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative of the Brisbane City Council, Australia, to honour and promote the films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region to a global audience and to realise the objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve the respective cultures through the influential medium of film.

Event history[edit]

Staged for the first time in 2007, APSA collaborates with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Winners are determined by an international jury and films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins. APSA takes the works of filmmakers across more than 70 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region to new international audiences.

Nominees are automatically inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, a body of Asia-Pacific filmmakers. Australian screen legend, Jack Thompson AM, is the President of the Academy.

The 11th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards was held in Brisbane, Australia on 23 November 2017. The International Jury that determined the winners was led by award-winning Australian film editor Jill Bilcock alongside Yoshi Yatabe, He Saifei, Adolfo Alix Jr and Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Past International Jury members include: Asghar Farhadi, Anthony Chen, Hiam Abbass, Lu Yue, Maciej Stuhr, Rajit Kapur, Shyam Benegal, Malini Fonseka, Nansun Shi, Lord David Puttnam, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Salman Aristo, Gina Kim, Samuel Maoz, Kaori Momoi, Tahmineh Milani, Jan Chapman, Sasson Gabai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Aparna Sen, Bruce Beresford, Huang Jianxin, Shabana Azmi and Jafar Panahi.

Film categories and awards[edit]

Films can be submitted in one or all of four film categories:

Awards are presented for the following achievements:

In addition, three special awards are presented for outstanding achievement:

The annual APSA Young Cinema Award, presented by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and the Griffith Film School (GFS), recognises the abundant emerging talent of the Asia Pacific.

Major award winners[edit]

Year Best Feature Film Achievement in Directing Best Performance by an Actor Best Performance by an Actress Best Screenplay
South Korea Secret Sunshine Iran Rakhshan Bani-E'temad, Mohsen Abdolvahab
Iran Mehrdad Seddiqian
The Night Bus
South Korea Jeon Do-yeon
Secret Sunshine
IndiaFeroz Abbas Khan
Gandhi, My Father
Kazakhstan Tulpan Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan,
Three Monkeys
Iran Reza Naji
The Song of Sparrows
Israel Hiam Abbass
Lemon Tree
IsraelEran Riklis and Suha Arraf
Lemon Tree
Australia Samson & Delilah ChinaLu Chuan
City of Life and Death
Japan Masahiro Motoki
South Korea Kim Hye-ja
Iran Asghar Farhadi
About Elly
China Aftershock South Korea Lee Chang-dong
China Chen Daoming
South Korea Yoon Jeong-hee
Israel Samuel Maoz
Iran A Separation Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
'China Wang Baoqiang
Mr. Tree
Russia Nadezhda Markina
Russia Denis Osokin
Silent Souls
Turkey Beyond the Hill Philippines Brillante Mendoza
Thy Womb
South Korea Choi Min-sik
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time
Philippines Nora Aunor
Thy Womb
Turkey Reis Çelik
Night of Silence
State of Palestine Omar Singapore Anthony Chen
Ilo Ilo
South Korea Lee Byung-hun
China Zhang Ziyi
The Grandmaster
India Ritesh Batra
The Lunchbox
Russia Leviathan Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Winter Sleep
New Zealand Cliff Curtis
The Dark Horse
China Lü Zhong
Red Amnesia
Iran Nima Javidi
Thailand Cemetery of Splendour Russia Aleksei Alekseivich German
Under Electric Clouds
South Korea Jung Jae-young
Right Now, Wrong Then
Japan Kirin Kiki
Sweet Bean
Turkey Senem Tüzen
Turkey Cold of Kalandar China Feng Xiaogang
I Am Not Madame Bovary
India Manoj Bajpayee
Philippines Hasmine Killip
Ordinary People
Japan Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Tadashi Nohara
Tomoyuki Takahashi
Happy Hour
Australia Sweet Country Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev
India Rajkummar Rao
Georgia (country) Nato Murvanidze
Scary Mother
India Amit Masurkar Mayank Tewari


Japan Shoplifters Lebanon Nadine Labaki


India Nawazuddin Siddiqui


China Zhao Tao

Ash Is Purest White

Israel Dan Kleinman and Sameh Zoabi

Tel Aviv on Fire

Other awards[edit]

The Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Original Score was awarded for the first time during the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards on 29 November 2018. The jury for the inaugural award was helmed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.[2] According to APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins, this new category is designed to "honour more great films and the musicians who contribute so strongly to the emotions of the films".[3][4][5][6]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Nominees English title Original title
2018 Greece Eléni Karaïndrou Bomb, A Love Story Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh
United Kingdom Harry Gregson-Williams Breath
Iceland Iceland Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jóhann Jóhannsson Mary Magdalene
United Arab Emirates United States Omar Fadel Yomeddine
Philippines Ryan Cayabyab The Portrait


  1. ^ About us Archived 18 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick (3 October 2018). "Ryuichi Sakamoto Heads Jury for New APSA Music Award". Variety. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "How the Asia Pacific Screen Awards celebrate the region's cultural diversity". Screen Daily (sponsored). Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Best Original Score Nominees and Jury Announced - Asia Pacific Screen Awards". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ Frater, Patrick (17 October 2018). "'Shoplifters' Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ "APSA Nominees & Winners - Asia Pacific Screen Awards". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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