Nansun ShiI to head APSA 2011 international jury

Mumbai: Nansun Shi was announced as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

Shi will be joined on the jury by Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey, Japanese director and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and the China Film Producers Association Executive Chairman Ming Zhenjiang.

Nansun Shi has produced commercial hits including Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010), Dragon Tiger Gate (2006), the Once Upon a Time in China series (1991-1997) starring Jet Li and the Aces Goes Places series (1982-1986). Ms Shi also executive produced Infernal Affairs (2002), eventually reworked into The Departed by Martin Scorsese. Variety magazine named Nansun Shi one of the 50 most influential independent filmmakers in the world and she was named Producer of the Year by CineAsia in 2005.

Shi has been pivotal in the success of Cinema City and is the Film Workshop Co Ltd Executive Director co-founded with husband Tsui Hark. Cinema City and Film Workshop have produced John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and The Killer, both starring Chow Yun-fat. Committed to the progression of Hong Kong cinema, Nansun Shi is a member of the Hong Kong Film Development Council. She was a juror on the Berlin International Film Festival’s main competition in 2007 and in 2011 she served on the Cannes Film Festival Jury, presided over by Robert De Niro.

APSA chairman Des Power said: “Over the five years since its inception, APSA has been honoured to host International Juries whose members have been distinguished in the film industries of Asia-Pacific and beyond.”