As President of the APSA Academy, I am enormously proud of this organisation that unites the filmmakers of Asia Pacific and, in 2016, has reached the milestone of 1000 members.

Invitation to this prestigious network comes to those filmmakers and masters of their craft who are privileged to be nominated for these important Awards. Adding to this elite group are all members of APSA’s Juries, International Nominations Council and selection panels who are the backbone of APSA’s remit – to deliver an Awards which honours the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of this vast region.

This network of filmmaking’s best is a robust and active organism, directly creating opportunities for its members, facilitating their communication and networking opportunities and contributing to developing emerging talent in the region.

The APSA Academy has been guided and mentored by the European Film Academy (EFA) on this journey and we value their alliance, advice and friendship highly.

Tonight, we will announce four film projects that will receive script development grants through the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, bringing the total number of projects funded wholly by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) to 28. These grants are offered exclusively to APSA Academy members, and we are ever grateful to the MPA for their commitment to developing the stories of Asia Pacific, and contributing to the global diversity of film.

The APSA Academy is contributing to the development of Asia Pacific talent through the Asia Pacific Screen Lab. An initiative of the Brisbane’s Griffith Film School (GFS), the Asia Pacific Screen Academy and NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema), APSL is an intensive development lab aimed at screenwriters, directors and producers from the Asia Pacific region.

The APSL brings together the vast industry expertise and experience of these three proactive organisations to mentor two projects each year, exploring through cinema an Asia Pacific identity, to be developed into feature length films of fiction, documentary or animation. Now in its 3rd year, the APSL is an investment in this region’s storytellers, and one the APSA Academy is proud to make.

Given the turbulent times in which we live, film has the potential to deliver messages that are wide- reaching, influential, and prick the conscience of the world into more peaceful, more humanitarian resolution. Our filmmakers can take leadership in this crucial mission, and through the APSA Academy, we honour and support them.


Dr Jack Thompson AM
President of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy




An Australian film legend, Jack Thompson AM has been at the forefront of the Australian film industry since 1969. He has featured in more than 50 films and received every major Australian film award, including his nomination as a Living Legend (2005 IF Awards). He is best known as a lead actor in several acclaimed Australian films including such classics as Wake in Fright, Sunday Too Far Away, The Man From Snowy River and starred alongside Bryan Brown in Breaker Morant for which he won Cannes and AFI Awards. For his service to the Australian film industry Jack Thompson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986. His recent film credits include the epic Baz Luhrmann film, Australia and Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer, based on the international best-selling book of the same name. It is this extraordinary career that has elevated Jack Thompson to be regarded as an international ambassador of Australian cinema. In 2008, APSA proudly welcomed Jack Thompson as Patron of the newly-formed Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.