APSA winners to premiere at Beijing International Film Festival

MUMBAI: Four Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) winners and a 2010 official entry will have their premiere in Mainland China this month at the inaugural Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF).

Darbareye Elly (About Elly, Islamic Republic of Iran), Levanon (Lebanon, Israel), Shi (Poetry,Republic of Korea), Tulpan (Kazakhstan/Russian Federation/Switzerland/Poland/Germany) and Australia’s Animal Kingdom have been selected for Beijing’s International Panorama section.

The festival runs from 23 – 28 April. The foreign language line-up of 100 films were selected from more than 420 submissions from 50 countries.

APSA chairman Des Power said, "“We were very pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the Beijing International Film Festival, the films’ distributors and our Academy members to put films forward for consideration in BJIFF’s inaugural year. “I am delighted that APSA’s relationship with BJIFF has opened the door to a culturally diverse selection of APSA titles being seen by Chinese audiences next month. The festival’s aim to act as a platform for Beijing’s film industry to reach out to the world is to be commended.”"

Queensland Minister for the Arts, Rachel Nolan added, "The five APSA films screening at the Beijing International Film Festival demonstrate the wonderful success of the organisation and their ability to successfully promote the region’s film industry to a global audience."