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APSA names 2016 line-up

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has named the films that will compete this year. 39 films from 19 Asia Pacific countries and areas are nominated, none of them from New Zealand.

Of the five Best Film nominees, Cold of Kalandar, Daughter and Ember join Raman Raghav 2.0 (Psycho Raman) (pictured, top) in the group of four titles leading the way with three nominations apiece. Cannes-premiered Psycho Raman was a winner at PiFan recently. At APSA its director Anurag Kashyap is nominated in the Directing category, having previously taken APSA awards for Gangs of Wasseypur and The Lunchbox.

All up a record 303 films from 43 countries and areas threw their hats in the ring this year, 135 of them in the feature narrative competition. All award nominees are inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, which is something APSA has done a much better job of than the Academy on which it based its set-up.

Membership has its privileges, one of them being eligibility for consideration for the US$25,000 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund awards. Cliff Curtis, a winner at APSA in 2014 for his performance in The Dark Horse, last year took one of the Film Fund awards for his feature project The Foxboy.

APSA celebrates its 10th edition this year. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony runs 24 November in Brisbane. The 2016 nominees are:

Best Feature Film, 2016
Cold of Kalandar (Kalandar Soğuğu)
Daughter (Dokhtar)
Ember (Kor)
Muhammad: The Messenger of God (Muhammad Rasoulallah)
The Student (Uchenik)

Best Animated Feature Film, 2016
Manang Biring
Seoul-yeok (Seoul Station)
Volki i ovtsy (Sheep and Wolves)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2016
Nafas (Breath)
Ottaal (The Trap)
Ringan (The Quest)
Wolf and Sheep
Woorideul (The World of Us)

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2016
Exil (Exile)
Fei cui zhi cheng (City of Jade)
Royahaye dame sobh (Starless Dreams)
Snow Monkey
V luchakh solnca (Under the Sun)

Achievement in Directing, 2016
Anurag Kashyap, Psycho Raman (Raman Raghav 2.0)
Bi Gan, Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can)
Feng Xiaogang, I Am Not Madame Bovary (Wo Bu Shi Pan Jinlian)
Lee Joon-ik, The Throne (Sado)
Zeki Demirkubuz, Ember (Kor)

Best Performance by an Actor, 2016
Dev Patel, Lion
Farhad Aslani, Daughter (Dokhtar)
Manoj Bajpayee, Aligarh
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Psycho Raman (Raman Raghav 2.0)
Song Kang-ho, The Throne (Sado)

Best Performance by an Actress, 2016
Agrippina Steklova, Insight
Aslihan Gürbüz, Ember (Kor)
Hasmine Killip, Ordinary People (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
Natalia Pavlenkova, Zoology (Zoologiya)
Youn Yuh-jung, The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun yeo-ja)

Achievement in Cinematography, 2016
Cevahir Şahin, Kürşat Üresin, Cold of Kalandar (Kalandar Soğuğu)
Gorka Gómez Andreu, House of Others (Skhvisi sakhli)
Jay Oza, Psycho Raman (Raman Raghav 2.0)
Vittorio Storaro, Muhammad: The Messenger of God (Muhammad Rasoulallah)
Wang Tianxing, Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can)

Best Screenplay, 2016
Gurvinder Singh, Waryam Singh Sandhu, The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot)
Leena Yadav, Supratik Sen, Parched
Mehran Kashani, Daughter (Dokhtar)
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Happy Hour
Yang Chao, Crosscurrent (Chang Jiang Tu)

Cultural Diversity Award, under the patrionage of UNESCO, 2016
Ayam El Madina (In the Last Days of the City)

Dmitrii Davydov, Kostior na vetru (The Bonfire)
Hussein Hassan, Reşeba (The Dark Wind)
Mustafa Kara, Kalandar Soğuğu (Cold of Kalandar)Tamer El Said, Akher Wang Xuebo, Qingshui Li De Daozi (Knife in the Clear Water)

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