June 23, 2010
Shanghai, China – The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) recently announced the formation of a US$100,000 film fund exclusive to filmmakers in the Asia-Pacific region. The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund will be granted to four members of the APSA Academy, an influential body of filmmakers comprised of past APSA nominees, winners, Jury and Nominations Council members – many of the region’s most respected names in film. Four grants, each of US$25,000, will be allocated to the script development of four new film projects. The inaugural recipients will be selected by a panel of industry experts and announced at the fourth annual APSA Ceremony scheduled to take place in Australia on Queensland’s Gold Coast on 2 December, 2010. The fund is intended to stimulate production in the region, particularly at the development phase, among the 70 countries embraced by APSA. APSA Chairman Des Power said, “The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund is designed specifically to benefit the valued members of our Academy and I very much look forward to seeing the projects that will be put forward in its inaugural year.” Eligible for funding are synopses and treatments for feature length narrative films, children’s features, animated features and feature length documentaries which must have a Producer, Director or Screenwriter attached at the time of submission. While collaboration between Academy members is encouraged, only one Academy member attached to each submission is required provided they hold a role as one or more of the following: producer, director, screenwriter, actor, actress or cinematographer. Projects will be judged on the same criterion which applies to films in the APSA competition – films that best reflect their cultural origins, demonstrate cinematic excellence and are deemed Asia-Pacific. The submission process for the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund will commence on 31 July. An international cultural initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia, APSA honours the works of filmmakers across a region covering 70 countries, one third of the earth and half the world’s film output.