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ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2010 – WINNERS

CHINESE DISASTER EPIC AFTERSHOCK WINS TOP AWARD 
Chinese disaster epic wins Best Feature award, Korea’s Lee Chang-dong voted Best Director (Poetry), Israeli filmmaker Samuel Moaz wins Best Screenplay (Lebanon) at 4th APSA on the Gold Coast. Andrew L. Urban reports.


Filmmakers from the People’s Republic Of China, the Republic Of Korea, Israel, Australia, Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran and India all take home the beautiful APSA Awards (by award winning glass artist Joanna Bone*) from the 2010 presentation at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, where 550 filmmakers and guests attended the 4th annual celebration of filmmaking in the entire Asia Pacific.

Among the VIPs were Asia Pacific Screen Academy Patron Jack Thompson, several representatives from the diplomatic corps of China, Korea, India and senior Australian film industry figures including Andrew Pike OAM, Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian, Screen Producers Association of Australia executives Antony I. Ginnane and Geoff Brown, Screen NSW executive Paul de Carvallo, Sydney and Brisbane Film Festival artistic directors Claire Stewart and Richard Moore, as well as members of the selection committee including Anne Demy-Geroe and Geoff Gardner.

"broadcast the presentation"

The Australia Network (reaching 45 countries and 31 million households across Asia) will broadcast the presentation as will several Asian stations including International Channel, Shanghai, whose news anchor Chen Lei joined Indira Naidoo as co-host of the awards presentations. 

Feng Xiaogang’s Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, won the Best Feature Film Award with the epic dramatisation of the huge 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, China that killed over 150,000 people. Harrowing clips from the film contrasted with the stylish stage set where all the nominees, jury members and selection committee were seated facing the audience, under three giant screens.

Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the award for Best Performance by an Actor for the same film, the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office (estimated US$100 million).

President of the International Jury for APSA 2010, Academy-Award winning producer Lord David Puttnam, said: “The sheer variety of films and staggeringly good performances made our task very difficult indeed, in every category.

"incredibly moving"

“Ultimately Aftershock won best film because, in my own view, it has everything. It is as good a ‘big’ movie as any I’ve seen from Hollywood in years. It doesn’t disappoint at any level. It has already attracted a huge audience and it has every chance of going on to capture a bigger international audience. It is incredibly moving and, at the same time, it is really an extraordinarily restrained film…and it ends beautifully.”

Best Achievement for Directing was awarded to Lee Chang-dong from the Republic of Korea for Shi (Poetry), with the Best Performance by an Actress award going to the star of the film, Yun Jung-hee, who returned to film after an absence of more than 15 years for this role.

Lee Chang-dong is now a three time APSA winner. In 2007, he accepted the Award for Best Feature Film in the inaugural Awards for Miryang (Secret Sunshine) and in 2009, for the Best Children’s Feature Film, A Brand New Life (Ya Haeng Ja). 

The APSA International Jury awarded not one but two Jury Grand Prizes – one to Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima for her astonishing performance in the film Caterpillar (which was nominated for Best Screenplay) and the other to Israeli writer/director Samuel Moaz for Levanon (Lebanon), who also won the Award for Best Screenplay.

Digari (The Other) from the Islamic Republic of Iran was awarded Best Children’s Feature Film. The Best Animated Feature Film award went to Piercing I, from the People’s Republic of China, while the Chinese/Canadian co-production The Last Train Home won Best Documentary Feature Film.

Achievement in Cinematography was awarded to Sudhir Palsane for Vihir (The Well) from India.

Bal (Honey), from Turkey, directed and produced by Semih Kaplanođlu, received the UNESCO Award, determined by the International Jury and awarded for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film. 

Australian actor Tony Barry received a High Commendation from the International Jury for his performance in the New Zealand film Home By Christmas. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (Australia) received a High Commendation for Outstanding Technology and Special Effects.

Christine Hakim, the legendary Indonesian actress turned producer, was on the Gold Coast to receive the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film, a career award she accepted with a few tears of joy.

"an initiative of the Queensland Government,"

Winners in the fourth annual APSAs were determined by an International Jury headed by Academy Award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam. These awards, an initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia in unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – acclaim films from 70 countries and areas; one third of the earth; and half the world’s film output. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins. A total of 239 films were entered in the competition by Official Submitting Organisations from the region and by invitation from the APSA Nominations Council and APSA Chairman. 

Also announced at the ceremony were the first grants made by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA exclusively created for APSA Academy members. Four writer/directors – Lee Chang-dong, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Ashar Farhadi and Peng Tao - will each receive $US25,000 to be allocated to the script development of a new feature film project.

THE WINNERS LIST

BEST FEATURE FILM
Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)
Produced by Guo Yanhong, Han Sanping, Wang Zhonjun, Peter Lam Kin Ngok, Wang Tonguan and Albert Yeung.

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL JURY GRAND PRIZE
Actress Shinobu Terajima for Caterpillar
Japan
&
Writer/Director Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon)
Israel / France / Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Lee Chang-dong for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS
Yun Jung-hee for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR
Chen Daoming for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon)
Israel / France / Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sudhir Palsane for Vihir (The Well) 
India

BEST CHILDREN’S FEATURE FILM
Digari (The Other)
Islamic Republic of Iran
Produced by Mohammad Ali Najafi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Piercing I
People’s Republic of China
Produced by Lynne Wang

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Last Train Home
People's Republic of China / Canada
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross.
Co-Produced by Bob Moore

FIAPF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM
Christine Hakim 

UNESCO AWARD
Bal (Honey) Turkey / Germany
Written and directed by Semih Kaplanođlu

HIGH COMMENDATION
High Commendation for Performance by an Actor 
Tony Barry for Home by Christmas
&
High Commendation for Outstanding Technology and Special Effects
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Published December 3, 2010

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Aftershock
Li Ni returns home only to find out that her 7-year-old twins are buried under the debris. She faces an agonising dilemma having to choose which to save: her son, Fonda or her daughter, Fan Teng, both pinned under a concrete slab. 

* The stylish APSA awards designed by glass artist Joanna Bone


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