MUMBAI: Feroz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi My Father won the Best Screenplay award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Khan was in Australia to accept the award.
Over 500 film industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attended the ceremony. Films from India, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey and Israel received Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
The awards were determined by an international jury headed by Indian actress and humanitarian, Shabana Azmi.
The Best Feature Film award was won by Secret Sunshine (Miryang) from Korea. Jeon Do-yeon received the Best Performance by an Actress Award for her performance for the same film. Turkish actor Erkan Can won the Best Performance by an Actor Award for his performance in Takva: A Man’s Fear Of God (Takva).
The Best Achievement in Directing was awarded to Iranian directors Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab for the film Mainline (Khoonbazi). Best Children’s Feature Film was Denias, Singing In The Cloud (Denias, Senandung Di Atas Awan) from Indonesia. Best Animated Feature Film was won by 5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters) from Japan.
Best Documentary Feature Film was Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos from Lebanon. Best Achievement in Cinematography was awarded to Hooman Behmanesh for the Iranian film Those Three (N Seh).
Three additional major awards were announced for outstanding achievement.
Australian director and producer Dr George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Lorenzo’s Oil, Mad Max) was announced as the winner of The FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific region. The Award was announced by Benoit Ginisty, Deputy Director-General, FIAPF â€“ the 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 was decided by the international jury and awarded to the Israeli film the Band’s Visit (Bikur Hatizmoret) by Professor Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative, UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The jury announced a Jury Grand Prize for the Iranian film Night Bus (Autobus-E Shab), produced by Mehdi Homayounfar and directed by Kiumars Pourahmad.
International Jury President, Azmi said, “This in an initiative whose time has come, politically and culturally. 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. The Jury Grant 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.”
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.
“I congratulate the winners of the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards announced tonight who also inspire with their courage and creative brilliance.”
APSA is an initiative of the Queensland Government in collaboration with CNN International, UNESCO and FIAPF, whose shared vision has made the Asia Pacific Screen Awards possible. The Awards honour the works of filmmakers across a region covering more than 70 countries, one third of the earth and half the world’s film output.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is producing television programs attached to the inaugural 2007 Awards for global broadcast on CNN International. Scene By Scene – Best Films of Asia Pacific, will include the Awards ceremony and will air on November 17.
FIAPF – The International Federation of Film Producers Associations has endorsed the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Charter.
The Director General of UNESCO has given his formal endorsement for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be conducted under the auspices of UNESCO.