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APSA 2009: the race is on

A record haul of 212 entries from 43 countries, of 126 feature films, 51 documentaries, 18 animated features and 17 children’s films, make up the long list for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). The NZ official entry is Armagan Ballantyne’s The Strength of Water.

A Nominations Council will meet later this month to draw up the short lists of up to five entries in each of the 12 categories of awards. Nominees will be announced in early October.

The awards up for grabs are Best Feature Film, Best Animated Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Children’s Feature Film. Awards for Achievement in Directing, Best Screenplay and Achievement in Cinematography will also be presented, along with Best Actor and Actress awards.

Three special awards are on offer; the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific region; the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film; and a discretionary Grand Jury Prize.

The Awards bash will take place on the Gold Coast on 26 November.

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