MUMBAI: Producer, director Yash Chopra was awarded the FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film making at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the regionís highest accolade in films. The awards were announced last year on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on 11November, 2008, amidst more than 700 film industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States.
FIAPF director general Benoit Ginisty, has flown into Mumbai to honour Chopra who unfortunately could not attend the award ceremony last year. The felicitation ceremony will take place tonight at the esteemed Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) Film Festival.
The FIAPF-FÈdÈration Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) based in Paris, created in 1933, is an organization composed with 31 member associations from 25 of the leading audiovisual production countries. FIAPF is also in charge of supervising international film festivals, including some of the world’s most important ones.
The film awards was started by the State Government of Queensland in association with CNN International, UNESCO and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations with a motive to recognize movies that present the flavour of the culture of the countries in which they are made as well as to appreciate the excellence in the craft of film making.
At the award ceremony last year, FIAPF president AndrÈs Vincente Gomez, described Chopra as "a legend in Hindi cinema who has played a seminal role in making Indian films more popular the world over."