ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2008 - WINNERS
Breaking with the antiquated rituals of the Oscars, the Asia Pacific
Screen Awards produced a presentation that generated interest in the nominated
films – many of which have not had much exposure outside their home countries –
and put the filmmakers and their work the focus, while also delivering glamour
and buzz, reports Andrew L. Urban from the Gold Coast.
Double in size whichever you measure it since last year’s inaugural
presentation, this year’s APSA event catered for almost 700 guests from around
Asia (from the Middle east to China) to celebrate some 170 films entered. As
APSA Patron Jack Thompson put it, “We’ve become a global community; these awards
will make an enormous difference in boosting recognition for films from the
The region actually produces half the world’s total film output and represents a
market bigger in population terms than the one served by Hollywood and the
western movie industries.
Relocating to larger premises at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and with
Peter Faiman consulting, the event managed to replicate the intimate mood of the
2008 awards while expanding its welcome mat. CNN International, an inaugural
partner, continues to participate as the APSA broadcaster, delivering the awards
program to a massive Asian audience.
But the awards presentation, complete with red carpet and other media
opportunities, are primarily a platform for the nominees, who were seated in a
semi circle on stage, facing the audience. Between them on the stage, three
large light rings formed spaces for the presentations. The gorgeous award
trophies by Joanna Bone stood on a platform to one side before being handed to
There were two musical performances, each superb: The Tawadros brothers
played a combo of ancient 12 string guitar and tambourine in a captivating
percussive and melodic performance, and Motoyuki Niwa and his team performed
three spectacular pieces on the Japanese taiko drums.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Chairman Des Power thanked Bruce Beresford and his
Jury colleagues, renowned Indian Director and Actress Aparna Sen, US Producer
Richard Luke Rothschild (whose production credits include Tender Mercies and The
Truman Show), Chinese Director and Professor of the Beijing Film Academy Zheng
Dongtian, and Hanna Lee, Producer of the 2007 APSA Best Feature Film, the
internationally-acclaimed Miryang (Secret Sunshine), from the Republic of Korea.
APSA Chairman Des Power reminded the audience of the many regions that still
suffer under oppressive regimes where cinema is banned, and read some emails he
received in support of APSA’s ideals from filmmakers in those countries,
encouraging APSA to persevere.
Jury President Bruce Beresford said how hard it was to select winners from a
field of such marvellous films, and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said her
Government was proud to support such an extraordinary event. And the after party
was just as well organised, with stylish finger foods and easy access to food
and drink for all.
Thirty two (32) films representing 17 countries were finalists in the Awards,
with winners coming from Kazakhstan, Israel, Republic of Korea, Australia,
Turkey, Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China and India received
Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
"The Asia-Pacific region is the emerging giant of
Power said: “The Asia-Pacific region is
the emerging giant of cinema. The quality and depth of story-telling amazed not
only our jury this year but is certain to attract more audience at the global
level. There is a growing fascination and respect for films from this diverse
region. It is a tribute to the filmmakers that they now have a globally
recognised award and the broadcast reach of CNN International to promote their
2008 ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS WINNERS
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is an international cultural initiative of the
Queensland Government, Australia.
The Best Feature Film award
TULPAN (Kazakhstan/Russian Federation/ Switzerland/Poland/Germany).
The Award was accepted by Producer, Karl Baumgartner. Karl Baumgartner shares
the Award with fellow Producers Valerie Fischer, Gulnara Sarsenova, Sergey
Selyanov, Henryk Romanowski, Sergey Melkumov, Bulat Galimgereyev, Elena Yatsura,
Thanassis Karathanos and Raimond Goebel.
Best Animated Feature Film
VALS IM BASHIR (WALTZ WITH BASHIR, Israel/France/Germany).
Producer Yael Nahlieli accepted the Award. Yael Nahlieli shares the Award
with fellow producers Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul.
Best Documentary Feature Film
GGEUTNAJI ANHMEUN JEON JAENG (63 YEARS ON, Republic of Korea). The Award was
accepted by Producer/Director Kim Dong-won, who shares the Award with Producer
Best Children’s Feature Film
THE BLACK BALLOON (Australia)
The Award was accepted by Producer Tristram Miall and
Director/Writer/Co-Producer Elissa Down. They share the Award with Co-Producers
Sally Ayre-Smith, Jimmy The Exploder and Mark Turnbull.
Achievement in Directing was awarded to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan for
UC MAYMUN (THREE MONKEYS, Turkey/France/Italy).
The Best Screenplay Award
Suha Arraf for ETZ HALIMON (LEMON TREE, Israel/France/Germany). She shares the
Award with Writer Eran Riklis, who also directed the film.
The Achievement in Cinematography
Korean Lee Mogae for JOHEUNNOM NABBEUNNOM ISANGHANNOM (THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE
WEIRD, Republic of Korea).
Best Performance by an Actress Award
Israeli actress Hiam Abbass
for her performance in ETZ HALIMON (LEMON TREE, Israel/France/Germany).
Best Performance by an Actor
Iranian actor Reza Naji
for his performance in Majid Majidi’s AVAZE GONJESHK-HA (THE SONG OF SPARROWS,
Islamic Republic of Iran).
Four additional major Awards were announced for
FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific Region
Yash Chopra, founder of Yashraj Films and a legend of the Indian film industry
The Award is determined by FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers
Associations, and was announced by Andrés Vincente Gomez, President of FIAPF,
who travelled from Madrid to be at the ceremony.
The UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and
preservation of cultural diversity through film
Iranian documentary feature film TINAR (Islamic Republic of Iran), produced and
directed by Mahdi Moniri.
The Award was decided by the International Jury The Jury noted that the film
was a rich evocation of rural life in the mountainous regions of Iran.
The Jury Grand Prize (two awards, presented at the discretion of the Jury).
HONGSE KANGBAIYIN (THE RED AWN, People’s Republic of China); Directed by Cai
THE PRISONER (India), Produced and Directed by Pryas Gupta and starring Best
Actor nominee Rajat Kapoor.
Published November 11, 2008
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Tulpan, Best Feature Film
Bruce Beresford, President 2008 APSA International Jury
Waltz With Bashir, Best Animated Feature Film
The Black Balloon, Best Children’s Feature Film
Three Monkeys, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Achievement in Directing
The Lemon Tree, The Best Screenplay Award and Best Performance by an Actress - Hiam Abbass (Israel)
The Red Awn, Joint Jury Grand Prize
The Prisoner, Joint Jury Grand Prize