Announced at the Sixth Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony, four successful projects were awarded development grants of US$25,000 in the 2012 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund.
A total of 82 feature-length projects were submitted in this year’s funding round from 67 of the region’s best-regarded filmmakers, representing 22 countries and areas across the globe. Submissions were assessed by a distinguished industry panel headed by Ronin Films Managing Director and former APSA International Jury member Andrew Pike. Joining Pike on the 2012 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund panel were multi-award winning Hong Kong filmmaker and APSA Academy member Alex Law, and APSA 2009 winner for Best Animated Feature Film for Mary and Max, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Melanie Coombs.
Mohammad Rasoulof (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Mohammad Rasoulof received one of the development grants through his project Amnesia. Rasoulof was nominated for Achievement in Directing in 2011 APSAs for his film, Goodbye, which is also nominated for Best Feature Film.
Suha Arraf (Israel)
Suha Arraf received a developement grant for her project It All Started with a Poster. Arraf was inducted to the Academy in 2008, when she was nominated for Best Screenplay together with Eran Riklis for Lemon Tree.
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan (Turkey)
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan was also inducted to the APSA Academy in 2008, as producer of Three Monkeys which was nominated for Best Feature Film. Atakan is one of the recipients of the development grant for her project No Tears.
Kath Shelper (Australia)
Kath Shelper received a development grant for her project The Guardians. Shelper was inducted to the APSA Academy in 2009, as the producer of Samson and Delilah which won the Best Feature Film award.