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APSA adds new talent gong

As it heads towards its 10th edition, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has announced a new award for directors of debut or sophomore feature narrative films. The Young Cinema Award will be presented by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and Griffith Film School (GFS). Qualifying titles are drawn from those submitted in the narrative feature category.

In all 303 films from 43 countries and areas were submitted to APSA this year. 69 of the 135 films submitted for the narrative feature category were by first- or second-time feature filmmakers and qualify for consideration for the Young Cinema Award. Of that 69, 14 were made by women.

The recipient is selected by the NETPAC Jury: Iranian Dr Anne Démy-Geroe, Hong Kong’s Ain Ling Wong and APSA Film Director Maxine Williamson.

Williamson said, “Emerging talent in Asia Pacific is incredibly strong. Young filmmakers are leading the way in telling the stories of their culture. We have a very healthy cinematic future ahead of us.”

NZ’s most recent winner at the awards was Cliff Curtis, who took the Best Actor in 2014 (pictured, top) for The Dark Horse. Last year, Curtis was awarded one of four MPAA-APSA Academy development grants, for his feature project The Foxboy.

The APSA ceremony runs 24 November in Brisbane, Australia.

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