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Vying for Best Feature Film in this 10th year of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are Mustafa Kara’s richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale Cold of Kalandar (Turkey, Hungary), Reza Mirkarimi’s portrait of the shifting balance of power within families, Daughter (Islamic Republic of Iran), Zeki Demirkubuz’ slow-burn psychological drama Ember (Turkey, Germany), Kirill Serebrennikov’s portrait of a student empowered by religious fanaticism, The Student (Russian Federation) and spiritual epic and passion project, Muhammad: the Messenger of God, by Iranian master Majid Majidi.

Cold of Kalandar

Celebrating cinema and cultural diversity from 70 countries and areas, the 2016 APSA International Jury comprises five eminent former APSA Jury Presidents hailing from three continents. Jury President is acclaimed Academy-Award winner Lord David Puttnam (United Kingdom, APSA 2010 Jury President), producer of Chariots of Fire and the Killing Fields. Puttnam will be joined by APSA Patron and co-founder and current Chairman of the Busan International Film Festival Kim Dong-Ho, prolific and multi-award winning producer from Hong Kong (PRC) Nansun Shi (APSA 2011), Palme d’Or and Academy Award-winning Australian producer Jan Chapman (APSA 2012), and celebrated Indian master filmmaker Shyam Benegal (APSA 2013).

Winners in the 10th anniversary edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced on Thursday 24 November from the 10th APSA Ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, and via a live global webcast. The black tie APSA ceremony will be attended by a record number of 1000 guests, including the 2016 APSA nominees and jurors and 500 international guests.

Three of the Best Feature Film nominees received a total of three nominations each. Best Feature Film nominee Cold of Kalandar is also nominated for Achievement in Cinematography for Cevahir Şahin and Kürşat Üresin and the prestigious APSA Cultural Diversity Award, under the Patronage of UNESCO.

In addition to Best Feature Film nominations, Iranian film Daughter has been honoured with nominations for Best Screenplay for Mehran Kashani and Best Performance by an Actor for Farhad Aslani while Turkish film Ember also received nods for Achievement in Directing for Zeki Demirkubuz and Best Performance by an Actress to Aslihan Gürbüz.


Indian film Psycho Raman also received a total of three nominations for Best Performance by an Actor for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Achievement in Cinematography for Jay Oza and Achievement in Directing for Anurag Kashyap. Kashyap, an APSA Academy member, was awarded the APSA Special Jury Prize in 2012 for Gangs of Wasseypur. Kashyap also produced APSA Jury Grand Prize winner The Lunchbox (2013) and APSA Best Youth Feature Film nominee Udaan (2010).

Muhammad: the Messenger of God (Islamic Republic of Iran) received two nominations, for Achievement in Cinematography for three-time Academy Award winning Italian DOP Vittorio Storaro in addition to Best Feature Film.

achievement has been introduced - the APSA Young Cinema Award presented by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and Griffith Film School (GFS). This important Award addition recognises the abundant emerging talent of Asia Pacific which 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 film competition.

President of the APSA Academy is Australian screen legend Jack Thompson AM PhD. The Academy boasts over 1000 of the region's leading filmmakers and provides exclusive networking, development and funding opportunities available to Academy members through the APSA’s association with NETPAC, the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, and Academy mentoring opportunities for the next generation of Asia Pacific filmmakers through the Asia Pacific Screen Lab in collaboration with Griffith Film School. The APSA’s Academy partner, the European Film Academy shares the common interest of presenting pan-International Awards that promote and award excellence in cinema.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, based in Brisbane, are presented by Treasury Casino & Hotel, supported by Brisbane City Council and managed by economic development board Brisbane Marketing. APSA has the privilege of a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

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