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APAC awards events open doors

Two of the region’s awards bashes have opened the doors for 2014 and are now accepting submissions.

The 19th edition of the Singapore-hosted Asian Television Awards and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s (ABU) Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television have both open their doors in the last week.

The ABU award is presented in collaboration with UNICEF and fellow Asian broadcasting organisation the Cable and Satellite Broadcasters Association of Asia (CASBAA).

The award was won last year by Filipino broadcaster GMA Network’s Reel Time: Bone Dry.

Bone Dry (full programme)

This year is the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Submissions for the Child Rights’ Award close 30 June. The award will be presented in October at the ABU General Assembly in Macau, fast becoming the home of many pan-Asian and Asia-Pacific awards events.

The Asia Televsion Awards (ATA) are a long-running feature of Singapore’s Asia Television Forum (ATF). This year both events are presented under new umberella event the Singapore Media Festival, which will also include the Singapore International Film Festival and industry-focused ScreenSingapore. All events run in the first half of December.

There’s been considerable NZ participation in the ATA award and pitch events in recent years, with Jim Greenhough`s Wellington-based Execam pitching Coastwatchers Of The South Pacific and Ronel Schodt pitching JetBlack – The Race for Speed in the SuperPitch’s Documentary strand and Sylvie and Arabella in the competition’s Children`s strand.

NHNZ, its Singapore-based stablemate Beach House Pictures and SPP have shared a boat load of ATA nominations over the last five years.

Last year SuperPitch introduced a branded content pitch, guaranteeing production to the winner. This year there’s a newly-revised digital category, in recognition of emerging trend of original digital productions.

The ATA is accepting submissions until 20 June. The awards are presented on 11 December.

The region’s other two APAC-focused awards events also usually run in December, although the peripatetic Asia-Pacific Film Festival has yet to announce its 2014 date. The Brisbane-based Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has announced the date for its big night, which will coincide with the ATA in Singapore and also run 11 December.

The APSA had a brief run out in Beijing recently, catching up with two 2013 winners who had been unable to attend the Brisbane ceremony. APSA presented their awards during the Beijing International Film Festival.

As she has been pretty much everywhere else in Asia, Zhang Ziyi was awarded APSA’s Best Actress gong for The Grandmaster.

APSA presentation in Beijing

Yes, dear, batteries are included.

The APSAs were one of the region’s few ceremonies not to award its Cinematography gong to Philippe Le Sourd for his work on the same title. In Beijing, the APSA team presented the award to Lu Yue for Feng Xiaogang’s Back to 1942. Lu has been an APSA Acacdemy member since 2010 when he was nominated for Aftershock, from the same director.

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