240 films to compete for 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards marks its fifth year with the strongest competition to date. APSA Artistic Director Maxine Williamson announced that 240 films from 43 countries will compete in this yearâ€™s APSAs, including films from Samoa and Cyprus.
Nominees will be announced in October and the winners will be announced at the annual APSA Ceremony on Australiaâ€™s Gold Coast on 24 November.
Ms Williamson noted that films competing include several which have received critical acclaim and awards at film festivals over the past year, including Berlin, Cannes, Rotterdam, Sundance, Busan, and Karlovy Vary.
Films by Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige (Peopleâ€™s Republic of China), Aparna Sen (India), Asghar Farhadi (Islamic Republic of Iran), Eric Khoo (Singapore), John Woo and Tsui Hark (Hong Kong â€“ Peopleâ€™s Republic China), Hong Sang-soo (Republic of Korea), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey), Sion Sono (Japan), and Fred Schepisi, Julia Leigh and Ivan Sen (Australia) are amongst those under consideration for nominations in the 2011 APSAs.