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APFF drops off 2014 calendar

The peripatetic Asia-Pacific Film Festival, due to run in Bangkok this month, has rescheduled for February 2015.

No reason has been given, although the poor health of the Thai King has seen a number of public events cancelled or rescheduled recently – including celebrations of the King’s own birthday last week.

Hosted in Macau for the last two years, the event is one of the region’s less definable. Despite its name, it’s not a festival in the sense that it’s an event which screens films for a public audience. It does present awards for films which can claim, roughly speaking, to have been made in the Asia-Pacific region and released in the last year.

At the 2013 edition Australian title Ruin picked up the Best Editing gong, while Mt Zion was a nominee in the Best Music category.

Despite its considerable geographic reach, the event has long been one which lacks an easily-identifiable strategy. Some years it announces nominees publicly, some years it doesn’t. This year, nominees had not been announced at the time the event was rescheduled.

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