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ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2007 – WINNERS

A VISIONARY LANDMARK FILM EVENT
A Turkish actor, a Korean actress, Palestinian and Iranian directors and Australia’s Dr George Miller were among the recipients of the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, presented at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast, on the Pacific shore, where 500 film industry practitioners and international officials gathered to witness this visionary landmark event, as Andrew L. Urban reports.


Bright, multi-coloured kites flew all day above the beachfront where the Sheraton Mirage hosted the world’s first screen awards which embraced half the world’s film output and represented 70 countries between 30° East and 170° West. If you were looking for symbolism, flying kites was as apposite as it can get, as the Awards represent an attempt to generate awareness of the barely tapped cinematic resource on offer. The omens were excellent, as a steady breeze kept the kites aloft, their colours, shapes and hopes fluttering boldly against the blue skies of Australia’s seaside playground.

On CNN International, two programs about the awards and the filmmakers (one before, one after) reached 220 million households – that’s 500 million people - as did the delayed telecast of the awards.

"This in an initiative whose time has come, politically and culturally,” said Indian actress, activist and luminary Shabana Azmi, President of the Jury. “Many countries in the region have their own national awards but now they have an award that affords the highest honour to filmmakers in over 70 countries.” She went on to remark that “the Jury Grand Prize to NIGHT BUS acknowledges the extraordinary achievements of Iran in filmmaking and the particular finesse that the writer and director, Kiumars Pourhamad, and his fine ensemble cast have brought to their craft.”

The accolades were all generous, and the awards presentation production combined good taste with a sense of occasion. Jack Thompson, Aaaron Pedrsen and broadcasters Indira Naidoo and CNN’s Anjali Rao presented the Awards, joined by film critic Peter Thompson. Leading Australian didgeridoo player and composer William Barton and internationally renowned saxophonist Amy Dickson, performed a superb duet.

Different in every way to the tired old awards format, the APSA Awards had see-through chairs on stage to seat the dozens of nominees, jury members and nominations council members, facing the audience. The beautiful vase-like glass awards, designed by Joanna Bone, added a sense of grace to the presentations.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Chairman Des Power thanked Azmi and her Jury colleagues, founding Director of Korea's Pusan International Film Festival Kim Dong-ho, Iranian director Jafar Panahi, UK producer Nik Powell and Chinese filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang for their deliberations over the past week. "I am very grateful to the members of the Jury. They have been extraordinarily dedicated to the challenging task of determining the Awards and I am inspired by their commitment to the aims of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards to recognise cultural diversity and acclaim filmmaking excellence across the Asia-Pacific region," Power said.

THE WINNERS:
Best Feature Film
SECRET SUNSHINE (MIRYANG) – Korea
Producers Lee Chang-dong, Kim In-soo and Hanna Lee
Award accepted by Producer, Director, Screenwriter Lee Chang-dong

Best Achievement in Directing

RAKHSHAN BANI-ETEMAD and MOHSEN ABDOLVAHAB
MAINLINE (KHOONBAZI) - Iran

Best Performance by an Actress
Jeon Do-yeon
SECRET SUNSHINE (MIRYANG) - Korea

Best Performance by an Actor
Erkan Can
TAKVA: A MAN'S FEAR OF GOD (TAKVA) - Turkey

Best Screenplay
Feroz Abbas Khan
GANDHI, MY FATHER – India
Award accepted by Feroz Abbas Khan

Best Documentary Feature Film
BEIRUT DIARIES: TRUTH, LIES and VIDEOS – Lebanon
Producers Mai Masri, Jean Chamoun
Award was accepted by producer, director Mai Masri.

Best Animated Feature Film
5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (BYOSOKU 5 CENTIMETERS) – Japan
Award accepted by Producer Noritaka Kawaguchi

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Hooman Behmanesh
THOSE THREE (AN SEH) - Iran

Best Children's Feature Film
DENIAS, SINGING ON THE CLOUD (DENIAS, SENANDUNG DI ATAS AWAN) – Indonesia
Award accepted by Producer Ari Sihasale

ADDITIONAL MAJOR AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Jury Grand Prize
NIGHT BUS (AUTOBUS-E SHAB) – Iran
Producer Mehdi Homayoungar; Director Kiumars Pourahmad
Announced by International Jury President Ms Shabana Azmi

FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific region
Dr George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Lorenzo’s Oil, Mad Max)
Award announced by Benoit Ginisty, Deputy Director-General, FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers Associations, who travelled from Paris to be at the ceremony.

The UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film
THE BAND'S VISIT (BIKUR HATIZMORET) - Israel
Award announced by Professor Hubert Gijzen, Director, Representative, UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Published November 14, 2007

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Secret Sunshine - Best Film, Best Actress (Jeon Do-yeon)

PLAY VIDEO CLIPS
FROM PRESS CONFERENCE
following the awards ceremony:
SHABANA AZMI - Jury President (India)

NIK POWELL - Jury Member (UK)

MAI MASRI - Producer, Best Documentary (Palestine)


Dr George Miller - The FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement


Erkan Can - Best Actor (Takva)


Beirut Diaries - Best documentary


Night Bus - Jury Grand Prize

THE JURY
Jury President: Shabana Azmi (Actress, India); members - Pusan Festival Director Kim Dong-Ho of Korea, Iranian director Jafar Panahi, UK producer Nik Powell and Chinese filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang.

CNN International:
Scene by Scene – Best Films of Asia Pacific: broadcast after the Awards Ceremony featuring highlights, including interviews with nominees, winners and members of the International Jury.

ENDORSED BY FIAPF
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is in collaboration with the Paris-based FIAPF — International Federation of Film Producers Associations, and the Screen Producers Association of Australia.







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