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BAPFF takes three NZ docos

Tomorrow night (Thursday) sees this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) handed out in Brisbane, where three NZ docos are playing in the accompanying Brisbane Asia-Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF).

The festival programmes as many as of the APSA competition titles as possible, as well as a range of other work from the region and beyond. The festival rebranded and refocused last year as part of a deal which saw the APSAs move from the Gold Coast up to Brisbane.

HOU Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, five times a winner last weekend at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival, leads the APSA nominees with three nods.

No NZ titles were nominated for APSA awards this year, and all three NZ titles sleected for BAPFF play in the non-competitive Carte Blanche selection.

Dan Salmon’s Made in Taiwan, Briar March’s much-travelled and -awarded There Once Was An Island, and Tom Burstyn’s Oscar shortlisted This Way of Life are selected.

The second edition of the BAPFF runs 19 – 29 November in Brisbane. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be handed out on 26 November.

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