MUMBAI: Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee who has acted in films like Brick Lane and Road, Movie has been appointed to the International Jury of the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
It was announced by Asia Pacific Screen Awards chairman Des Power.
Power said, “We are deeply honored to have Tannishtha join our Jury. She follows in the footsteps of her fellow Indian filmmakers, Shabana Azmi, Aparna Sen and Pryas Gupta who have all served on previous APSA Juries. Tannishtha’s impressive career both in India and internationally will bring a wealth of experience to the task of determining this year’s APSA winners.”
“India continues to be a powerhouse in filmmaking in the Asia-Pacific region which is reflected in the prominence of Indian films in this year’s APSA nominations. I warmly welcome Tannishtha to our Jury which will be led this year by our Jury President Lord David Puttnam and I look forward to welcoming her and her fellow jurors to the Gold Coast next month,” added Power.
Chatterjee said, “It is indeed a great honor to be a part of this year’s APSA Jury. As a fan of world cinema it is an absolute treat for me to be able to eat, breathe, sleep cinema and interact with other Jury members and film buffs for ten days. I think it is a fabulous initiative of APSA to promote cinema from this region. Cinema offers such a broad spectrum to understand cultures and powerful films transcend boundaries and make such an impact on us. It is this approach to promote and understand diversity that I welcome, for each description from the respective filmmakers will illuminate a different aspect of the region and add to our knowledge and understanding of this world.”
The full line-up of the Jury will be announced by APSA in the coming weeks, ahead of their arrival on Australia’s Gold Coast on November 22, where they will view the nominated films and determine the winners for the Asia-Pacific’s highest accolade in film. Nominees were announced on Monday. In all, 31 documentary, animated, children’s and feature films from 15 countries and areas have been nominated including five nominations for Indian films: Tesjaswini Pandit for Best Performance by an Actress for her performance in Mee Sindhutai Sakpal (I am Sindhutai Sakpal); Atul Kulkarni for Best Performance by an Actor for Natarang; Achievement in Cinematography for The Well (Vihir), Sudhir Palsane; Achievement in Cinematography for Raavan, Santosh Sivan and V. Manikandan; and Udaan, nominated in the Best Children’s Feature Film category.