MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMY PRESIDENT
As President of this growing academy of elite filmmakers from Asia Pacific, it is encouraging to see members returning to APSA, some for their second or third time. I welcome the academy’s newest members; APSA will follow your artistic journey, provide opportunities to assist and look forward to your return in the future.
I am proud of the achievements of our members this year. It has been an extraordinary year for Asia Pacific filmmakers, who have won top prizes from Berlin, Sundance, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Venice, Locarno, Warsaw, Busan and Abu Dhabi. An incredible year for our Academy.
The academy brings together over 700 of the region’s most respected names in film and forges strong partnerships to offer opportunities to our members.
I thank the Motion Picture Association for the establishment of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund supporting our talented screenwriters. We congratulate a supported project, Memories on Stone, from Iraqi Kurdistan. Competing in two APSA categories, Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film, it recently won Best Film from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
I thank 4 Boys Films for supporting the APSA Academy Children’s Film Fund developing positive stories for children of Asia Pacific. I offer a preview that we will have a completed film from this script fund compete in next year’s APSA.
The academy’s third stream of funding is the APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize supported by Griffith Film School, Griffith University and Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), offering financial assistance to emerging talent from the region. This bursary assisted another nominated film, this time from Kazakhstan. The Owners had its special screening during the Cannes Film Festival, recently won the Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw Film Festival and is nominated for Best Feature Film and Achievement in Cinematography.
These outcomes are indeed a reliable measure of the value of providing funding support to this region.
The Academy, NETPAC and Griffith Film School have also recently announced the Asia Pacific Film Lab, providing academy mentorship to emerging filmmakers of the Asia Pacific and is an immersive year-long development incubator program.
Together with our partners, these important APSA Academy initiatives assist our talented academy members to bring their unique voices and stories to screen to enrich us all and provide a platform for promoting cultural diversity.
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.