November 18, 2011
More than 70 filmmakers from 25 countries have submitted entries to the 2011 Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Screen Academy (APSA) Academy Film Fund and the new APSA Children’s Film Fund. The two funds, available exclusively to members of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, offer script development grants to stimulate the development of feature film projects originated by APSA Academy members and their colleagues across Asia-Pacific. The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, wholly funded by the Motion Picture Association, each year grants four successful projects with US$25,000. Projects are assessed by a panel of three experts using the same criteria that apply to films in the APSA competition – films that reflect their cultural origins, demonstrate cinematic excellence and are deemed Asia-Pacific in origin. The three panel members for 2011 are Australian/Chinese filmmaker Tony Ayres, Australian producer, film historian and distributor Andrew Pike and Chinese scriptwriter and director Xue Xiaolu. This is the second year of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. Of the four projects to receive grants in 2010, Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation has already achieved significant worldwide success. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year where it won the Golden Bear for Best Film as well as the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Actor. It also went on to win the Sydney Film Festival’s Sydney Film Prize in Australia and other major awards around the world.