SWEET COUNTRY TAKES THE BEST FEATURE OF  THIS YEAR  2018 APSA

WINNERS LIST FOR APSA IN ITS 11TH YEAR

Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country was last night named Best Feature Film at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia.

Sweet Country was produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin and directed by Thornton, with all present to accept the award. The win makes APSA history, with Thornton becoming the first director to have two films win Best Feature Film following Samson and Delilah’s win in 2009.

Georgia and Russia led the winners’ tally with three wins each. We are also thrilled to share that these are the first ever APSA wins for Georgia.

President of the APSA International Jury, Oscar ® and BAFTA-nominated film editor Jill Bilcock ACE ASE, said she was in awe of the nominated films.

“Our jury from five countries have been transported by cinema into diverse communities and privileged to share in their personal stories, history and traditions,” she said.

“I was particularly impressed by the rise of stories featuring strong women characters and also the emergence of some truly talented female directors.

‘The Asia Pacific region continues to bring us extraordinary stories and talent with a highly original slant.”

Our deepest congratulations to last night’s incredible winners. We would like to thank everyone who made the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards possible. Follow the winners’ journey with us on Facebook and Twitter.


BEST FEATURE FILM
Sweet Country
Australia
Produced by Greer SIMPKIN, David JOWSEY
Co-Produced by David TRANTER
Directed by Warwick THORNTON

BEST YOUTH FEATURE FILM
The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala)
Indonesia, Netherlands, Australia, Qatar
Produced by Gita FARA, Kamila ANDINI, Ifa ISFANSYAH
Directed by Kamila ANDINI

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
Canada
Directed and Produced by Ann Marie FLEMING
Co-Produced by Shirley VERCRUYSSE, Michael FUKUSHIMA

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Last Men in Aleppo
Syrian Arab Republic, Denmark, Germany
Produced by Søren Steen JESPERSEN, Kareem ABEED, Stefan KLOOS
Directed by Feras FAYYAD

Special Mention
Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
New Zealand
Produced by Alexander BEHSE
Directed and Co-Produced by Annie GOLDSON

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV for Loveless (Nelyubov)
Russian Federation, Belgium, France, Germany

BEST SCREENPLAY
Mayank TEWARI, Amit V MASURKAR for Newton
India

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Pyotr DUKHOVSKOY, Timofey LOBOV for The Bottomless Bag (Meshok Bez Dna)
Russian Federation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Nata MURVANIDZE for Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)
Georgia, Estonia

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Rajkummar RAO for Newton
India

Special Mention
Navid MOHAMMADZADEH for No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza)
Islamic Republic of Iran

CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF UNESCO
Dede
Georgia, Croatia, Netherlands, Qatar, United Kingdom
Directed by Mariam KHATCHVANI
Produced by Vladimer KATCHARAVA, Samantha TAYLOR, Mike DOWNEY, Igor A. NOLA
Co-Produced by Conrad ALLEBLAS, Jamillah VAN DER HULST

Special Mention
Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee)
India
Directed by Haobam Paban KUMAR
Produced by Haobam Paban KUMAR
Co-Produced by Thiyam ROMOLA DEVI, Haobam IBETOMBI, Warepam JHANSIRANI

FIAPF AWARD
Bianca BALBUENA
Philippines

YOUNG CINEMA AWARD
Ilgar NAJAF for Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)
Azerbaijan

ARTISTIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Abbas KIAROSTAMI for 24 Frames
Islamic Republic of Iran, France






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