The Keynote Address will be given on 23 November, a day before the Awards ceremony, at a special presentation at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.
Appointed as Chairman and CEO in March, Senator Dodd previously served in the United States Congress representing Connecticut for 36 years – six years in the House of Representatives and 30 years in the U.S. Senate.
"“APSA is honoured to have Chris Dodd attend this year’s Awards ceremony and deliver what surely will be a timely and thought-provoking keynote address. The film industry of Asia-Pacific is making a strong impression globally and has an abundance of stories to tell about its history, its cultures and current issues,"” said APSA chairman Des Power
“Speaking about his intended visit to Australia to attend APSA, Senator Dodd said, "“I’’m eagerly looking forward to participating in the award ceremony and meeting some of the leading filmmakers from the Asia-Pacific.” “As the region takes great strides economically and culturally, we are fortunate to witness the development of a generation of filmmakers with vision and advanced craftsmanship. The quality and range of their work is simply stunning. Kudos to APSA for seizing this timely initiative to recognize their creativity and provide an environment for the further development of their careers through the formation of the APSA Academy.""