The 2012 APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize winner is:
MARLON RIVERA (director)
for Ang babae sa septic tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank), Philippines

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of Filipino culture: poverty. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticisation of poverty.

“For the spirited parody of Philippine cinema and its image of itself as reflected in international film festivals. Cynical… perhaps, but spiritual and not self-pitying. A good example of what independent film can do with courage and a sense of humour.”
– Jury citation

The 2012 APSA Academy NETPAC Jury comprised APSA International Nominations Council members: Professor Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea), Jocelyne Saab (Lebanon), and Maxine Williamson (Australia)