Five Indian nominees in Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2008

Mumbai: Indian films have received a total of five nominations in the second Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be announced on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on November 11.

Om Shanti Om has been nominated for Best Feature Film, Jodhaa Akbar has been nominated for Achievement in Cinematography (Kiiran Deohans), Taare Zameen Par has been nominated for Best Children’s Feature, Mahek for Best Children’s Feature and Rajat Kapoor for Best Performance by an Actor for The Prisoner.

Om Shanti Om will compete with Men Jeuk (Sparrow, Hong Kong), Tulpan (Kazakhstan, Russia, Switzerland/Poland/Germany), Hong Se Kang Bai Yin (The Red Awn,People’s Republic of China) and Uc maymun (Three Monkeys, Turkey/France/Italy) for the Best Film Award.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has announced nominees in nine Award categories representing 33 films from 17 countries and areas of the Asia-Pacific region.  They are Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Lebanon, Qatar, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

"The nominees were determined from more than 180 films from 43 countries. We are greatly encouraged by the response from filmmakers from Asia-Pacific in our mission to acclaim their work and promote it to an international audience.  Once again, the nominees showcase the tremendous talent and creativity that exists in the burgeoning film industries of the region," said APSA Chairman Des Power.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is a collaboration with CNN International, UNESCO and FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations and is an international cultural initiative to acclaim films that best reflect their cultural origins and demonstrate cinematic excellence.

In the run-up to the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, CNN International is to feature the power and reach of Asia-Pacific cinema in four half-hour SCENE BY SCENE documentaries airing  the weekends of  4 ,11, 18  October and 1 Nov. The programs, hosted by Anjali Rao, feature the region’s directors, producers and stars talking about the political, religious and cultural challenges they face. A fifth program airs the weekend of November 15th and focuses on the Awards ceremony, including interviews with some of the winners.