November 25, 2011
Six script development grants totaling more than $140,000 were announced last night at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The grants are offered to filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region under two funds – the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, an initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), and the new APSA Children’s Film Fund, a partnership with Manila based 4 Boys Films. Both funds are available exclusively to APSA Academy members. Four filmmakers will each receive US$25,000 from the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, to be allocated to the script development of new feature film projects. The recipients of the 2011 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund are: – Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq/Kurdistan) for his project Memories on Stone. Shawkat Amin Korki was inducted into the Academy in 2007 for Crossing the Dust, for which he received an Achievement in Directing nomination in 2007. – Peyman Moadi, from the Islamic Republic of Iran for his film Those Days. Peyman was nominated this year for Best Performance by an Actor for A Separation, which was the first film to be completed with funding from the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. A Separation won Best Feature Film at last night’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards. – Maryam Ebrahimi, Iranian-born Swedish filmmaker, for the documentary Burqas Behind Bars. Maryam was also inducted into the Academy this year, winning the Best Documentary Feature Film Award for I Was Worth 50 Sheep. – Pryas Gupta (India) for The Cricket Tree. A former member of the APSA International Jury, Pryas was inducted into the Academy in 2008. His film The Prisoner won the Jury Grand Prize that year. Two filmmakers will each receive AUD 20,000 from the APSA Children’s Film Fund. The recipients of the 2011 APSA Children’s Film Fund are: – Renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho for The Seen and The Unseen. Garin Nugroho was inducted into the Academy in 2007 for Opera Jawa, which was nominated for Best Feature Film. – Songtaijia (People’s Republic of China/Tibet) for The Stone with Nine Eyes. Songtaijia was inducted into the Academy this year when he was nominated for Achievement in Cinematography for Old Dog. More than 70 filmmakers from 25 countries submitted entries to the 2011 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, now in its second year, and the new APSA Children’s Film Fund. The two funds 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 is supported by the Motion Picture Association.