Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Current: 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards
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Asia Pacific Screen Awards logo
Awarded forBest in film and documentary in the Asia-Pacific region
Country Australia
Presented by UNESCO, FIAPF and Brisbane City Council, Australia [1]
First awarded2007–present
Website Official Website

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative of the Brisbane City Council, Australia, to honour and promote the films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region to a global audience and to realise the objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve the respective cultures through the influential medium of film.


Event history

Staged for the first time in 2007, APSA collaborates with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Winners are determined by an international jury and films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins. APSA takes the works of filmmakers across more than 70 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region to new international audiences.

Nominees are automatically inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, a body of Asia-Pacific filmmakers. Australian screen legend, Jack Thompson AM, is the President of the Academy.

The 11th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards was held in Brisbane, Australia on 23 November 2017. The International Jury that determined the winners was led by award-winning Australian film editor Jill Bilcock alongside Yoshi Yatabe, He Saifei, Adolfo Alix Jr and Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Past International Jury members include: Asghar Farhadi, Anthony Chen, Hiam Abbass, Lu Yue, Maciej Stuhr, Rajit Kapur, Shyam Benegal, Malini Fonseka, Nansun Shi, Lord David Puttnam, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Salman Aristo, Gina Kim, Samuel Maoz, Kaori Momoi, Tahmineh Milani, Jan Chapman, Sasson Gabai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Aparna Sen, Bruce Beresford, Huang Jianxin, Shabana Azmi and Jafar Panahi.

Film categories and awards

Films can be submitted in one or all of four film categories:

Awards are presented for the following achievements:

In addition, three special awards are presented for outstanding achievement:

The annual APSA Young Cinema Award, presented by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and the Griffith Film School (GFS), recognises the abundant emerging talent of the Asia Pacific.

Major award winners

Year Best Feature Film Achievement in Directing Best Performance by an Actor Best Performance by an Actress Best Screenplay
Flag of South Korea.svg Secret Sunshine Flag of Iran.svg Rakhshan Bani-E'temad, Mohsen Abdolvahab
Flag of Iran.svg Mehrdad Seddiqian
The Night Bus
Flag of South Korea.svg Jeon Do-yeon
Secret Sunshine
Flag of India.svg Feroz Abbas Khan
Gandhi, My Father
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Tulpan Flag of Turkey.svg Nuri Bilge Ceylan,
Three Monkeys
Flag of Iran.svg Reza Naji
The Song of Sparrows
Flag of Israel.svg Hiam Abbass
Lemon Tree
Flag of Israel.svg Eran Riklis and Suha Arraf
Lemon Tree
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Samson & Delilah Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lu Chuan
City of Life and Death
Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Motoki
Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Hye-ja
Flag of Iran.svg Asghar Farhadi
About Elly
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Aftershock Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Chang-dong
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Daoming
Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Jeong-hee
Flag of Israel.svg Samuel Maoz
Flag of Iran.svg A Separation Flag of Turkey.svg Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
' Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Baoqiang
Mr. Tree
Flag of Russia.svg Nadezhda Markina
Flag of Russia.svg Denis Osokin
Silent Souls
Flag of Turkey.svg Beyond the Hill Flag of the Philippines.svg Brillante Mendoza
Thy Womb
Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Min-sik
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time
Flag of the Philippines.svg Nora Aunor
Thy Womb
Flag of Turkey.svg Reis Çelik
Night of Silence
Flag of Palestine.svg Omar Flag of Singapore.svg Anthony Chen
Ilo Ilo
Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Byung-hun
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Ziyi
The Grandmaster
Flag of India.svg Ritesh Batra
The Lunchbox
Flag of Russia.svg Leviathan Flag of Turkey.svg Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Winter Sleep
Flag of New Zealand.svg Cliff Curtis
The Dark Horse
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lü Zhong
Red Amnesia
Flag of Iran.svg Nima Javidi
Flag of Thailand.svg Cemetery of Splendour Flag of Russia.svg Aleksei Alekseivich German
Under Electric Clouds
Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Jae-young
Right Now, Wrong Then
Flag of Japan.svg Kirin Kiki
Sweet Bean
Flag of Turkey.svg Senem Tüzen
Flag of Turkey.svg Cold of Kalandar Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Feng Xiaogang
I Am Not Madame Bovary
Flag of India.svg Manoj Bajpayee
Flag of the Philippines.svg Hasmine Killip
Ordinary People
Flag of Japan.svg Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Tadashi Nohara
Tomoyuki Takahashi
Happy Hour
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sweet Country Flag of Russia.svg Andrey Zvyagintsev
Flag of India.svg Rajkummar Rao
Flag of Georgia.svg Nato Murvanidze
Scary Mother
Flag of India.svg Amit Masurkar Mayank Tewari


Flag of Japan.svg Shoplifters Flag of Lebanon.svg Nadine Labaki


Flag of India.svg Nawazuddin Siddiqui


Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhao Tao

Ash Is Purest White

Flag of Israel.svg Dan Kleinman and Sameh Zoabi

Tel Aviv on Fire



Flag of South Korea.svg Parasite Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Flag of France.svg Adilkhan Yerzhanov

A Dark, Dark Man

Flag of India.svg Manoj Bajpayee


Flag of the Philippines.svg Maxene Eigenmann


Flag of Russia.svg Kantemir Balagov, Aleksandr Terekhov


Other awards

The Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Original Score was awarded for the first time during the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards on 29 November 2018. The jury for the inaugural award was helmed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. [2] According to APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins, this new category is designed to "honour more great films and the musicians who contribute so strongly to the emotions of the films". [3] [4] [5] [6]

Winners and nominees

YearNomineesEnglish titleOriginal title
2018 Flag of Greece.svg Eléni Karaïndrou Bomb, A Love Story Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry Gregson-Williams Breath
Flag of Iceland.svg Flag of Iceland.svg Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jóhann Jóhannsson Mary Magdalene
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of the United States.svg Omar Fadel Yomeddine
Flag of the Philippines.svg Ryan Cayabyab The Portrait

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