The Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ Academy was formed in 2008 and comprises all APSA nominees, winners, jurors, International Nominations Council members, Selection Panellists and special invitees. They number more than 1,000 of the world’s most successful and acclaimed film experts and practitioners including winners of the Palme d’Or, the Golden Bear, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Academy Award® for Best Picture.
Led by the President of the Academy, Australian screen icon Jack Thompson AM PhD, it serves to foster dialogue and development, furthering the common interests of Asia Pacific filmmakers and connecting them professionally as well as those around the globe who believe in the region as place to create and produce their art.
Since 2010, APSA has supported members through the crucial process of script development via the Motion Picture Association (MPA) APSA Academy Film Fund, providing four annual grants of US$25,000. To date, more than US$700,000 has been granted to Academy members to help bring their stories to the screen. Films funded by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund include Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, which won the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film.
In celebration of the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards milestone, a new, important and relevant award achievement was introduced – the Young Cinema Award in Partnership with NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) and GFS (Griffith Film School). This important Award addition recognises the abundant emerging talent of the Asia Pacific that increases in prevalence in the APSA competition each year. The Award is eligible to directors of debut or sophomore feature narrative films, with the recipient chosen from the APSA feature narrative competition and inducted into the Academy.
The Asia Pacific Screen Lab is an immersive year-long development incubator/mentoring program, and partners with Griffith Film School, the Academy and the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) in supporting emerging filmmakers from Asia Pacific enabling film co-production across the region.
APSA also collaborates with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) to present an award to a filmmaker who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the Asia Pacific region.
In 2011 the European Film Academy formed an alliance with APSA and the Academy, acknowledging the similar multicultural aims and outcomes of both organisations. An EFA Academy member sits on an APSA Jury each year in recognition of this Academy coalition.
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