Asia Pacific Screen Awards winners announced

20 November 2007

The winners of the first Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the regions highest accolade in cinema in 2007, were announced on 13 November at a special ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. More than 500 film industry personalities from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attended the event, held under the auspices of UNESCO.

APSAs international jury, headed by Indian actress and humanitarian Shabana Azmi, distributed awards to films from Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, India, Iran, Turkey and Israel.

Best Feature Film went to "Secret Sunshine" ("Myriang") from Korea and its star Jeon Do-yeon also received the Best Performance by an Actress Award. The Best Achievement in Directing was won by Iranian directors Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab for the film "Mainline" ("Khoonbazi"). "Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos" from Lebanon was selected as Best Documentary Feature Film, and Turkish actor Erkan Can won the Best Performance by an Actor Award for "Takva: A Mans Fear of God" ("Takva").

Three special prizes were also attributed. Australian director George Miller ("Mad Max") walked off with the FIAP Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific Region. The Jury Grand Prize was won by "Nightbus" ("Autobus-E Shab") from Iran. As for the UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film, it went to "The Bands Visit" ("Bikur Hatizmoret") from Israel, which according to the jury "captured the very essence of cross-cultural dialogue".

APSA is an initiative of the Queensland government in collaboration with UNESCO, CNN International, and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, to honour the work of filmmakers across a region covering more than 70 countries and half the worlds film output.

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