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On December 12, 2013 – The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has announced the four successful projects to be awarded development grants of US$25,000 in the 2013 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund.

Two projects from the Pacific region are among the recipients. For three of the four projects awarded, the MPA APSA Academy grant represents the first development funding to be received, while the fourth had received only private donations. The funding is for script development of the projects.

 

AINSLEY GARDINER Executive Producer for Canoe (Vaka) – New Zealand

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From New Zealand, an evocation of a Maori legend blended with a personal story of survival, offering great potential for a visually rich and emotionally powerful drama.

Screenwriters: Bradford Haami (New Zealand); Maile Daugherty (New Zealand)

AINSLEY GARDINER, APSA Academy member:
2010: Nominated for Best Children’s Feature Film for BOY

 

 

 

 

JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO, Producer for Fall Out – Pacific Islands

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A strong multi-layered story laced with unexpected humour, about the effect, past and present, of American nuclear tests on a small dislocated community in the Marshall Islands.  Written by Hawaii-based Fijian director, Vilsoni Hereniko, and produced by Jeannette Paulson Hereniko.

Screenwriter: Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji)

JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO, APSA Academy Member:
APSA International Nominations Council Founding member (2007) and 2013

 

 

 

REIS ÇELIK, Director, Screenwriter for Karbala Orchestra (Kerbala Orkestrası) – Turkey

celik-mpa2013From Turkish filmmaker, Reis Çelik, a lively and irreverent encounter between East and West through music, set in Iraq during the Gulf War:  a symphony orchestra, sent from Germany to the war zone to cultivate economic interests, unwittingly becomes an agent of peace and goodwill.

REIS ÇELIK, APSA Academy Member:
2012: Nominated for Achievement in Directing and Best Screenplay for NIGHT OF SILENCE (LAL GECE)

 

 

 

GARIN NUGROHO, Director, Screenwriter for The Monkey Mask (Topeng Monyet) – Indonesia

nugroho-mpa2013From Indonesian master filmmaker, Garin Nugroho, The Monkey Mask is a fantasy story about spiritual and mythical domains emerging from the harsh realities of life in the city streets.

GARIN NUGROHO, APSA Academy Member:
2007: Nominated for Best Feature Film for OPERA JAWA