Designed to nurture outstanding talent in the region, a US$10,000 bursary is awarded by APSA in collaboration with the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and Griffith Film School, Griffith University.

The APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize winner is selected from the pool of APSA Nominees and is chosen by a panel of three of APSA’s Nominations Council members who are also NETPAC members.

The 2015 APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize winner is:

Mirlan Abdykalykov (Director) for Heavenly Nomadic (Sutak), Kyrgyzstan

NETPAC_WINNER_20151201“A visually majestic debut” – Variety


On the harsh but beautiful high plains of Kyrgyzstan, three generations of nomadic horse-herders make a life for themselves – an ageing couple, their widowed daughter-in-law Shayir, and their granddaughter. Shayir’s son has been lured away to the city, and on his infrequent visits it’s obvious he’ll never return to the nomadic lifestyle. When a meteorologist camped nearby takes an interest in Shayir, her mother-in-law fears she could bolt, and sunder their little family still further.

Traditional holds out against the march of the world in this feature debut from new Kyrgyz talent Mirlan Abdykalykov, recently selected as the country’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards®.

The 2015 APSA Academy NETPAC Jury comprised APSA International Nominations Council members Gulnara Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan), Igor Gouskov (Russian Federation) and Mary Stephen (Hong Kong PRC).

NETPAC was founded in 1990 and is a leading platform for the discovery and promotion of Asian cinema. One of NETPAC’s major contributions is the institution of the NETPAC Award at international film festivals.

The NETPAC Award is now given at 28 international film festivals in 21 countries and 5 continents – Abu Dhabi, Antalya, Asiatica Filmediale, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Brisbane, Bursa, Busan, Chongqing, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Hawaii, Kerala, Jeonju, Jogjakarta, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Cinemanila, Cinemalaya, Mumbai, New Delhi, Puchon, Rotterdam, Singapore, Taipei and Vesoul.