Two nominations for Indian filmmakers at 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

‘All That Breathes’ Nominated for Best Documentary Film

Producer Guneet Monga announced on APSA International jury

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy today announced the full list of nominees for the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), as well as the International Juries who will determine the winners ahead of the glamorous APSA Ceremony at HOTA on Australia’s Gold Coast on Friday November 11. The full Asia Pacific Screen Forum programme and screening schedule were also announced.

All That Breathes (India, United Kingdom, United States of America), the story of two brothers determined to save New Delhi’s black kites, has been nominated for Best Documentary Film.

‘Jaggi’ film Director Anmol Sidhu

Jaggi (India), the story of a young schoolboy in rural Punjab, has been nominated for Best Youth Feature Film.

Guneet Monga

Leading Indian Producer Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur) has been announced as a member of the 15th APSA International Jury, who will determine winners of the APSA Awards for Best Film, Screenplay, Cinematography, Performance and Director. Monga will serve on the jury with the Jury President, eminent Egyptian screenwriter and producer, Mohamed Hefzy, actor, director and producer Numan Acar (Turkey/Germany), renowned Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde and acclaimed Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara. The International Jury will also award a Jury Grand Prize.

APSA honours the cinematic excellence of 78 countries and areas from the region producing half the world’s film, celebrating cinematic storytelling that best reflects its cultural origins and the diversity of the Asia Pacific.

The first two APSA Award winners have also been revealed, with the films confirmed to participate in the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Forum.

Muru (New Zealand), directed by Tearepa Kahi

Winner – Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO

Saim Sadiq, for his debut feature Joyland (Pakistan)

Winner –  Young Cinema Award in partnership with NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) and Griffith Film School (GFS), which recognises the abundant emerging talent of the Asia Pacific.

The four-person Youth, Animation, Documentary International Jury will determine the winners in these feature categories. In 2022, the Jury Chair is Shin Su-Won (Republic of Korea), who is also nominated for Best Director for her film Hommage (Omaju). Shin will be joined on the Jury by documentarian Zhao Qi (People’s Republic of China), documentarian and writer Baby Ruth Villarama (Philippines) and New Zealand filmmaker Tearepa Kahi (Muru).

In the running for APSA Best Youth Film are Alam (Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, Tunisia), Farha (Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sweden), Hanging Gardens (Janain mualaqa, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom), Jaggi (India) and Sweet As (Australia).

Competing for the APSA for Best Animated Film are Aurora’s Sunrise (Armenia, Germany, Lithuania), Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo (Dounia et la princesse d’Alep, Canada), Goodbye, Don Glees! (Gubbai, Don Gurîzu!, Japan), Silver Bird and Rainbow Fish (United States of America, Netherlands) and anthology feature To The Bright Side (Xiang zhe ming liang na fang, People’s Republic of China).

Vying for APSA Best Documentary are All That Breathes (India, United Kingdom, United States of America), Blue Island (Hong Kong, Japan), Children of the Mist (Vietnam), Delikado (Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, United States of America, United Kingdom) and Woodgirls – A Duet for a Dream (Islamic Republic of Iran, Czech Republic).

Bookending the Awards Ceremony on November 11 is the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Forum and Screening Programme, November 9-13. The line-up of industry-led sessions released today is an action-packed schedule featuring a ‘Spotlight on the Middle East’ and topics focusing on filmmaking for social change, rights and recoupment in structuring investments, co-productions, film-friendly locations, and a panel discussion to unpack the role of festivals, awards and media in a film’s journey to audiences.

Tickets are on sale for the full Forum and the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony. Both events will be presented as physical events at HOTA on the Gold Coast and the Forum will be globally streamed.

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