The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is an international cultural program driven by Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing proudly presented by Treasury Casino and Hotel in a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. APSA is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia.
APSA employs a small team of staff located in its Brisbane office who are responsible for the year-round operations including awards administration, television production and publicity and marketing. APSA also engages contractors across a number of areas including translators, creative services and production services in the delivery of the Awards and television programs.
CHAIRMAN – Michael Hawkins LLB(Hons) FAICD
Michael Hawkins is a management consultant practicing in the fields of negotiation and facilitation. He is the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival. He is also Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia and the Australian International Movie Convention, a Director of Screen Australia and Creative Content Australia Ltd and a member of Advisory Boards including HLB Mann Judd Chessboard and two prominent Australian’s Family Offices. He is a Member (part time) of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He serves on the Foundation of the Queensland State Library. He was formerly CEO of Australian Multiplex Cinemas Ltd and Deputy Chair of Screen Queensland. He is a lawyer by training and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
APSA ADVISORY BOARD
Des Power AM
Des Power AM is an award-winning filmmaker, a writer, former journalist and foreign correspondent and chairman of a number of prominent boards in the film and events industries in Australia. He was instrumental in the development and establishment of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the global partnerships with UNESCO and FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations. During APSA’s detailed four-year feasibility stage (2003-2006), he conducted more than 100 face-to-face meetings with members of the international film industry, broadcasters, governments and cultural organisations, and led the APSA team from its inception in 2007 until 2013. In 2006, he was honoured with an AM – Order of Australia – for his services to tourism, film, broadcasting and the community.
As Chairman of Rowland, one of Australia’s premier strategic communication organisations which is globally affiliated with one of the world’s largest communication groups FleishmanHillard, Geoff is widely recognised as a leader in the profession, bringing exceptional experience to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Advisory Board. He is also currently Deputy Chairman of St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, a Director of the Lord Mayor’s Business Round Table, a Committee Member of the Edmund Rice Foundation, a Strategic Adviser to InterFinancial Ltd and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland School of Journalism and Communication. He has held a number of other Board and committee positions over the years, as well as several key industry positions, including Vice President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (Qld), Chairman of the Registered Consultancies Group, and Executive Councillor of the Australian Marketing Institute. In 2012, Geoff was named “Business Person of the Year” at the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.
Harvey Lister is the Director of AEG Ogden, with 21 venues under management as part of the AEG Worldwide network of 130+ venues. In Brisbane, AEG Ogden operates the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Suncorp Stadium. Harvey is a 40 year veteran of the sport, entertainment, live theatre, conventions and exhibitions industries, with the past 30 years of which including management of major public assembly facilities throughout the Asia Pacific region. He is currently a Founding Member of the Venue Management Association (Asia Pacific), Member of the International Association of Venue Managers, and an Adjunct Professor to the School of Tourism at the University of Queensland. Harvey was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2002 for his contribution to the entertainment industry, the Queensland Premier’s Special Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to Queensland’s export profile, the University of South Carolina, USA International Executive in Sport and Entertainment Award in 2007, and the Washington DC Feld Entertainment Barnum Award in 2009 for excellence in global venue management.
John Kirby AM
John Kirby is the Chairman of Village Roadshow Corporation Pty Ltd., and Deputy Chairman of Village Roadshow Limited. John has a Bachelor of Economics, University of Tasmania, Member of the Australian Society of Accountants. John has held a wide number of executive positions in cinema, exhibition, film distribution, radio, theme parks, construction and strategy over his 45 years within Village Roadshow, and has been at the forefront of many of the Group’s successful growth outcomes today. Currently Chairman, Sony Foundation Australia. Director, CILECT Congress Advisory Board, Griffith University. Previously Chairman, Village Roadshow Limited, Austereo Limited, The Salvation Army Territorial Advisory Board, Red Shield Appeal,. Former Deputy Chairman of The Conversation Media Group, Interim Council of the National Film and Sound Archive. Former Director, Jigsaw Foundation at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Progressive Business Victoria, Sponsors Appeal Committee of the Victorian College of the Arts, Surf Life Saving Australia Foundation, IMNIS. Former member of the Victorian Premier’s Multi Media Task Force, Victorian Advisory Council of the Australian Opera. The 2011 President of the Australian Cinema Pioneers. Former advisor, Commando Welfare Trust.