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The Asia Pacific Screen Academy announced the winners at the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA)

 

Historic first wins for Indonesia, Jordan, Armenia, Cambodia, Pakistan
Female filmmakers dominate feature film awards, new performance categories.

 

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy announced the winners at the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) at a Gala Ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast on Friday evening, with nominees able to attend for the first time since 2019.

APSA celebrates cinematic storytelling that best reflects its cultural origins, from a diverse region encompassing half the world’s film, 78 countries and areas.

In 2022, films from 17 Asia Pacific countries and areas have celebrated APSA wins, with historic first-ever APSA wins for filmmakers from Jordan, Armenia, Cambodia and Pakistan.

  Kamila Andini’s Before, Now and Then (Nana), produced by Ifa Isfansyah and Gita Fara, took out the 15th APSA Award for Best Film and both the first Indonesian film and the first film directed by a woman to win the coveted award.

The award was accepted by Indonesian star Happy Salma, who plays the lead role of Nana in a mesmerizing and intimate portrait of her life set against the unrest of 1960’s Indonesia.

 

The APSA for Best Youth Film has gone to Farha (Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sweden), the story of a young Palestinian girl set against the backdrop of looming violence in 1948 Palestine.

Farha is directed by Darin J Sallam and in winningshe has become the first Jordanian filmmaker to be awarded an APSA.
 

Aurora’s Sunrise (Armenia, Germany, Lithuania), the story of a forgotten genocide survivor turned silent Hollywood film star and philanthropist has won the 15th APSA for Best Animated Film and marks the first APSA win for an Armenian film.

The award was accepted on the night by producers Justė Michailinaitė and Kestutis Drazdauskas.
 
Winner of the APSA Best Documentary Film in 2022 is All that Breathes (India, United Kingdom, United States of America), a touching tale of two brothers caring for Delhi’s wounded iconic Black Kite birds, through which we get a definitive snapshot of contemporary India, and its surreal environmental and political absurdities. All that Breathes is directed by Shaunak Sen produced by Aman Mann, Shaunak Sen, Teddy Leifer.

The APSA Youth, Animation, Documentary International Jury also gave a Special Mention in this category to fellow environmental tale Delikado (Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, United States of America, United Kingdom).

Directed by Karl Malakunas and produced by Marty Syjuco, Michael Collins, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Karl Malakunas. Karl Malakunas was in attendance at the ceremony to accept the award.
 

The inaugural winner of the new ungendered APSA for Best Performance is Lee Jeong-eun for Hommage (Omaju, Republic of Korea). Lee Jeong-eun becomes the 7th Korean performer to win an APSA for Performance.

Her award was accepted in person by Director of Hommage (Omaju) Shin Su-won.
 

In the second new performance category, the inaugural APSA for Best New Performer for a first or second time lead performance in a feature length role, the award has gone to French/Korean newcomer Park Ji-min for her debut role in Return to Seoul (Retour à Séoul, France, Belgium, Germany, Cambodia, Qatar).

A first APSA win for a Cambodian filmmaker, Cambodian/French filmmaker Davy Chou has won the APSA for Best Director for Return to Seoul, the only film to take home two awards at this year’s event

Indonesian film critic-turned-filmmaker Makbul Mubarak has won the APSA for Best Screenplay for Autobiography (Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Qatar, France, Poland, Germany).

Niklas Lindschau won the APSA for Best Cinematography for The Stranger (Al Garib, Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Qatar, Germany).

Though these winners were unable to join us on the Gold Coast with us, we enjoyed acceptance speeches from them via live stream from their various locations around the world as they received the news of their respective awards.

 
The APSA Jury Grand Prize was given to This is What I Remember (Esimde, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Netherlands, France), directed by Aktan Arym Kubat and produced by Altynai Koichumanova, Denis Vaslin, Yuji Sadai, Carine Chichkowsky, Fleur Knopperts. 
Screenwriter Dalmira Tilepbergenova was with us on the evening to proudly accept the award on behalf of the team.
 
To read more about the award winner read the full press release here and make sure to follow us on Facebook for as we release more photos and videos from the evening!
 
To all the winners and nominees of the 2022 Asia Pacific Screen Awards,
our warmest congratulations on your collective achievements.
We humbly thank you for the sharing of your stories.
Tracey Vieira (Australia - Chair of APSA), Happy Salma (Indonesia), Darin J Salam (Jordan), Dalmira Tilepbergenova (Kyrgyzstan) Hà Lệ Diễm (Vietnam), Shin Su Won (Republic of Korea), Justė Michailinaitė (Lithuania)

 

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