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OFFICIAL PROGRAM INAUGURAL YEAR 13 November 2007 Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

































Our films clearly demonstrate a rich slate of diversity—each telling their own story, in their own way, from their country of origin. That is what the Asia Pacific Screen Awards respect and acclaim. We enjoin with UNESCO to promote a greater understanding of the significance of all cultures in our world. We further the common interests of Asia-Pacific film producers on behalf of FIAPF – the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. And we link with CNN International to report on the films and filmmakers of our region to a global audience. Welcome to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. MARSHALL ISLANDS








THE ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2007 Under the auspices of UNESCO Endorsed by FIAPF In association with CNN International


Secret Sunshine (Republic of Korea).


The Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony ...........6 The Asia Pacific Screen Awards Initiative ..............8 Official Messages Premier of Queensland .........................................10 Chairman, Asia Pacific Screen Awards ................11 Director-General, UNESCO ..................................12 President, FIAPF...................................................13 Executive Producer, CNN International ................14 Scene By Scene: Feature Television Programs ....16 International Jury ..................................................20 Nominations Council ............................................22 The Award ............................................................24 Nominees Best Children’s Feature Film ................................26 Best Animated Feature Film .................................27 Best Documentary Feature Film ...........................28 Best Screenplay ...................................................29 Achievement in Cinematography .........................30 Best Performance by an Actress..........................32 Best Performance by an Actor .............................33 Achievement in Directing......................................34 Best Feature Film .................................................35 FIAPF Award.........................................................36 UNESCO Award ...................................................37 Film in Queensland ...............................................38 Australia’s Gold Coast ..........................................40 Acknowledgements ..............................................42





Indira Naidoo is one of Australia’s most popular news broadcasters and has, for the past 16 years, presented and reported for the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programs. She achieved national prominence in 1995 as the host of the ABC’s Late Edition nightly news, and then in 1997 as the inaugural anchor of SBS TV’s award-winning late night news service, World News Tonight. Indira has also presented the ABC’s Sydney news bulletins and reported for and presented the 7.30 Report, The Midday Report and ABC TV’s viewer comment show Feedback.

Indira Naidoo Anjali Rao Jack Thompson AM Peter Thompson

PERFORMERS William Barton Didjeridu and guitar Amy Dickson Saxaphone

William Barton is considered one of Australia’s leading didjeridu players and composers and is a powerful advocate for the wider perception of his cultural traditions. Born in Mount Isa in north-western Queensland, he was taught the instrument at an early age by his uncle, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of western Queensland. William recently performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestra, and toured Germany with the Queensland Ballet. He has worked with many leading composers and performed

at festivals including Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Paris quartier d’été, the Colorado Music Festival, Wassoi World Music Festival in Japan and the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Huntington Festival. In 2005 he was a resident at Fabrica Musica in Treviso, Italy. William Barton’s own compositions include Songs of the Mother Country (Queensland Biennial Festival, 2003), and Journey of the Rivers for string quartet, didjeridu and voice, performed at the Pompidou Centre, Paris in 2006.

Photographer: Greg Barrett

Last year Indira joined the country’s pre-eminent consumer advocacy group Choice as its media spokesperson, and this year joined Planet Ark Founder Jon Dee at his environment/consumer consultancy Issues Solutions where she advises on consumer strategy.

Born in Hong Kong and educated mainly in the UK, Anjali Rao co-anchors CNN’s prime-time evening news and business show World News Asia live from CNN’s regional production center in Hong Kong. She also hosts Talk Asia, the half-hour regional chat show, which features revealing, in-depth interviews and topical discussion with leading business, political and entertainment figures. An award winning international correspondent, Rao has covered a broad portfolio of major news stories including the attacks of 9/11, the Asian tsunami, the aftermath of the Bali bombings, the war in Iraq and the South Asian earthquake.

An Australian film legend, Jack Thompson AM has been in the forefront of the Australian cinema scene since 1969. His career has seen him travel across the cinema globe – featuring in more than 50 films and receiving every major Australian film award, including his nomination as a Living Legend (2005 IF Awards). For his service to the Australian film industry Jack Thompson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986. He has recently been filming in the United States on George Clooney’s romantic comedy Leatherheads and is currently in Australia working on the epic Baz Luhrmann film Australia. It is this extraordinary career that has elevated Jack Thompson to be seen as, more than an actor, an international ambassador of Australian cinema.

At 17, Amy Dickson was named the James Fairfax Australian Young Artist of the Year. She was the first saxophonist to win the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Prince’s Prize and the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year award. Amy has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Beurs van Berlage. She toured as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra

and Orchestra Victoria, and as a solo recitalist throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. As leader of the Zephirus Saxophone Quartet, she toured the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. A strong advocate of new music and a fervent supporter of contemporary composers, Amy Dickson has worked with renowned composers Philip Glass, Graeme Koehne, Graham Fitkin and Huw Watkins.



The Sun Also Rises (People’s Republic of China).

THE ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS INITIATIVE To acclaim filmmaking in the Asia-Pacific region that best reflects its cultural origins and cinematic excellence. To acclaim the people behind this excellence. To promote this outstanding work in film to a global audience in order to broaden the market appeal of such works. Encourage the collaboration of filmmakers in the region. Through film, develop greater understanding of the region’s various cultures. To recognise the creativity of our neighbouring cultures in the vast Asia-Pacific region and in doing so, take it to the world.

Article 7 of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression denotes “Cultural heritage as the wellspring of creativity”, further stating that “Creation draws on the roots of cultural tradition, but flourishes in contact with other cultures.” What joy that the popular social pastime of cinema can in the act of entertainment influence a better understanding of our world, communicating to the ultimate benefit of humanity aspirations and dreams through film.



MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND Queensland is proud to host the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, along with UNESCO, CNN International and FIAPF—the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Already the Annual Conference of SPAA, the Screen Producers Association of Australia, the national Inside Film People’s Choice Awards, and the Australian International Movie Convention are located on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The addition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards fulfills an objective, created in Queensland, to provide the film industry with a hub and a vibrant opportunity to coalesce with filmmakers, distributors and film organisations of the AsiaPacific region. In that regard, the hub is an important business environment for the region’s film industry. As well as fulfilling an important cultural mandate, the global television coverage brings enormous marketing benefits to the film industry of the Asia-Pacific region of which we are a key member.

Anna Bligh MP Premier of Queensland


The APSAs would never have been possible without the shared vision of the Queensland Government, CNN International, UNESCO and FIAPF. I join with filmmakers and audiences around the world in saying thanks. You have made a difference. I am reminded of the mother in Iraq who said she wanted her sons to be filmmakers, not soldiers. I am reminded of the story of the parents in Vietnam in the aftermath of war who could not afford white silk tunics for their daughters to attend school. And of the field that a young farmer was given in order to provide for his family. But, first, he had to clear it of land mines. Let us see all these films. Let us understand the struggle and sadness that infect so much of our world. Let us tell stories of triumph over hardship, political and religious tyranny. Let us open our screens to the films that will bring us together in greater understanding of one another. We applaud filmmakers for their courage and creativity. They are the true artists of change.

Des Power AM Chairman, Asia Pacific Screen Awards Co-Executive Producer, Scene By Scene




On behalf of UNESCO, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to you on the occasion of the first Asia Pacific Screen Awards. I congratulate the State Government of Queensland for its support to this event, which also enjoys the collaboration of CNN, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations and UNESCO. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards promises to be a unique platform to showcase some of the best creative works on screen from a region that boasts the most prolific cinema production in the world. And not just the most prolific - the region may well also have the greatest diversity in cinema as well, the fitting reflection of its vast mosaic of cultures. This is why UNESCO supports this event, and why we are presenting one particular award - for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film. Article 1 of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2001, is of much relevance to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. I quote, “As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations.” The seventh art can also transmit understanding of others, and in this way contribute to respect for difference, one of the most secure foundations for peace, and one of the great tasks of our Organization. I congratulate all the winners, competitors, jury members and organisers of these first awards and wish long life to this very promising event.

Koïchiro Matsuura Director-General UNESCO

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF FIAPF It is with great pleasure that FIAPF supports the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. FIAPF is an international organisation, representing producers and film festivals across the world. The AsiaPacific, home to many of the world’s most important Festivals and markets, is an important region for FIAPF and will become more so in the future. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards provide a common platform in the region to acclaim Asia-Pacific film, documentaries and television programs, in the world’s fastest growing entertainment market. There is currently no awards event of this scale or reach in the region. FIAPF welcomes this major initiative that celebrates the expression of cultural diversity through film and TV in the Asia-Pacific. The calibre of this first year’s nominations is a testament to the depth of talent and diversity of the region’s filmmakers. FIAPF looks forward to a long collaboration with the Awards in years to come. Andrés Vicente Gomez President FIAPF



MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF CNN INTERNATIONAL CNN International is honored and proud to promote and showcase the films of the Asia-Pacific and to work alongside APSA, FIAPF and UNESCO in doing so. The two Scene By Scene documentaries airing on CNN will be a landmark moment for Asia-Pacific film and a wonderful opportunity for our global viewers in more than 220 million households to witness the extraordinary talent present at these Awards. From high in the Himalayan mountains, the two programs weave their way through the sub continent, Central Asia and the Middle East, then on to North and South East Asia and Australasia. They provide a unique, creative window on a remarkably diverse and compelling region.

David Lindsay Executive Producer CNN International

5 Centimeters Per Second (Japan).

On behalf of everyone involved at CNN, congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Your recognition is timely, important and very well deserved.


Bhutan: Bhutan Broadcasting Service interviews Anjali Rao.

Hong Kong: Anjali Rao interviews Andrew Lau.



Hong Kong: Scene By Scene Director of Photography, Bruce Inglis on location.



Cairo: Graham Davis interviews Omar Sharif.

China: Director John Woo on the set of The Battle of Red Cliff.

APSA, in association with CNNi, present the outstanding works of filmmakers across the AsiaPacific region in two documentaries titled Scene By Scene, broadcast globally on CNN International in November.

We shoot over the shoulder of John Woo, best known to western audiences as director of Mission Impossible 2, as he directs The Battle of Red Cliff, the $65 million epic shot simultaneously at two locations in China. In stark contrast that of Che-Ring Wangyel from Bhutan, shooting his latest movie on video in the knowledge that there is only one cinema in Bhutan where his movie can be shown.

These programs provide APSA nominees and winners with unprecedented television coverage. In 2007, the formative year, stories in Scene By Scene come from film studios, festivals and film sets spanning Cairo, Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, New Zealand, Bhutan and Beijing. Filmmakers from the region will feature, including Hong Kong’s John Woo on the set of his new film The Battle of Red Cliff; Egyptian screen idol Omar Sharif, Indian superstar and APSA International Jury President Shabana Azmi, cofounder of Japan’s legendary anime house Studio Ghibli—Mamoru Oshii, and director of the Korean blockbuster The Host—Bong Joon-ho.

In Egypt, we meet filmmaker Wahid Hamed who explains the risks and controversy that have accompanied his latest production. Prominent Chinese director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine), calls on the communist authorities in China to relax their censorship policies as they prepare to host the 2008 Olympic Games. While in Vietnam we gain exclusive access to the inner workings of the Chief Censor’s Office as he decides whether 85 million Vietnamese will be allowed to view Pirate’s of the Carribean: At World’s End.


THIS UNPRECEDENTED AND EXTRAORDINARY INITIATIVE, ORIGINATING FROM AUSTRALIA, BEGINS A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE THE FILMS, ACTORS, DIRECTORS AND CULTURES OF OUR REGION TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE. Award-winning journalist Graham Davis interviews Singapore’s Royston Tan, who at just 30 years of age, caused uproar with his film 15. Indonesia’s foremost director Garin Nugroho talks candidly about the changes in his country and his hope for better times ahead. Iraqi Kurd Shawkat Amin Korki tells us he wanted to make a film about the capacity of humans for goodness, even in the most evil of circumstances. And we meet 2006 Pusan Festival major prizewinner Huynh Luu, whose moving film The White Silk Dress was a big hit in Vietnam. The first Scene By Scene—Films of Asia Pacific, screened globally on November 10 2007. Scene By Scene—Best Films of Asia Pacific, featuring extensive coverage of the Awards night, will screen on CNN International in a global broadcast that includes North America and Europe, on November 17, 2007. This unprecedented and extraordinary initiative, originating from Australia, begins a campaign to promote the films, actors, directors and cultures of our region to a global audience, realising the objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve our respective cultures through the valuable medium of film.

Crossing The Dust (Iraq/Kurdistan).




A distinguished and highly credentialed jury, under the presidency of India’s Shabana Azmi, assembled on Australia’s Gold Coast in November to determine the inaugural APSA winners. The calibre of this jury attests to the seriousness of the judging process. APSA is deeply grateful to each of these eminent and acclaimed representatives of the international film community.

PRESIDENT Shabana Azmi (India) Jury President Shabana Azmi has acted in more than 140 films, is a luminary of Indian Parallel (or arthouse) Cinema, and is renowned for the sensitivity of her portrayals in films such as Deepa Mehta’s Fire, Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom (Innocent) and Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players). For her role in Deepa Mehta’s Fire, Ms Azmi won the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 32nd Chicago Film Festival. She has won five Indian National Awards as Best Actress and numerous other Indian film awards, including the International Indian Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. She is the only Asian actor to have had a retrospective of her films at the New York Film Festival (2002). Ms Azmi is a noted activist who has been involved in the rights of women, development, reproductive health, and housing for the economically weaker sections, public health and HIV AIDS. In 1992 she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund and, in 2006, she was awarded the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award for her work with the slum dwellers of Mumbai. She is a member of the National Integration Council, headed by the Prime Minister of India, a member of the National AIDS Commission (of India) and was nominated in 1997 as a member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament. Ms Azmi has fought relentlessly against religious fundamentalism of all hues and is highly respected as a moderate, liberal Muslim voice. She is a visiting Professor at Ann Arbour Michigan and, among many tributes, was acknowledged by President Mitterand of France, along with 15 others including Mother Theresa and Nobel Laureate, Rigoberta Menchu on the bicentenary celebrations of International Human Rights in Paris. Photograph by Mr. Ashok Salian. Image courtesy Beautiful People May-June 2006.


Kim Dong-ho (Republic of Korea) Kim Dong-ho is the founding Director of Korea’s worldrenowned Pusan International Film Festival, and is also currently the Vice Chairman of NETPAC, the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema. Mr Kim has been awarded many cultural medals in recognition of his achievements and efforts in the cultural development in the Republic of Korea as well as in the international society. In 2000 he was awarded a Busan Culture Award and later the same year was acknowledged with a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et de Lettres from the French government. In 2006 he received the Deauville City Medal from Deauville City in France. Since 1997 Kim Dong-ho has served on the juries of many International Film Festivals including Rotterdam (as Jury Chairman), India, Buenos Aires, Las Palmas, Venice (as Jury Chairman for the NETPAC Award), Singapore, Seattle, Bangkok, Hawaii and Sochi, in Russia. Prior to founding the Pusan International Film Festival, Mr Kim majored in Law at the Seoul National University and received an MA in Administration at the Hanyang University. He had consecutively filled various government posts at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (formerly known as Ministry of Culture and Information) for 27 years. He also served as president of the Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation and at the Seoul Arts Center. He worked as the ViceMinister at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. His recent book, ‘History of Korean Cinema Policy’ (written by Kim Dong-ho et al) was published in 2005.

Jafar Panahi (Iran) Jafar Panahi has already received 52 prestigious international and national awards. Born in Mianeh in Iranian Azerbaijan, Jafar Panahi is a graduate of filmmaking from the IRIB College in Tehran. After directing five short films and acting as an assistant director for some acclaimed directors, like Abbas Kiarostami in Through the Olive Trees, Panahi made his debut feature, The White Balloon in 1995, which turned out to be the event of Cannes `95. The film won three awards, including the prestigious Camera d’Or and was sold widely to many territories. His second film, The Mirror received six international awards as well. Jafar Panahi was decorated as Chevalier des Art et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 1997. He directed his third feature film, The Circle in 2000, a controversial movie at home and a great success on the international scene. It was shown in Venice 2000 and received six awards, including the Golden Lion. The Circle is still banned in Iran although it has been shown in more than 40 countries and has collected 18 awards. Mr Panahi’s Crimson Gold was shown in Cannes in 2003 and received the Jury Prize of Un Certain Regard. This film was also awarded the Golden Hugo of Best Film of the Chicago Film Festival in October 2003. It too has not yet been granted a screening permit in Iran. His latest film, Offside was shown at Berlin in 2006 and was awarded the Silver Bear and the Grand Jury Prize.

Nik Powell (UK) In the early 1970’s Nik Powell set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson. In the space of ten years they turned a small mail-order record operation into a multi-million pound conglomerate. In 1982 Powell formed Palace Video with Stephen Woolley, proprietor of the Scala Cinema, followed by Palace Video, Palace Pictures, and then Palace Productions, soon establishing each as highly regarded entities within the film distribution and production industry. Powell has acted as Executive Producer on all of Palace’s productions including Neil Jordan’s Company of Wolves; Oscar

nominated and award-winning Mona Lisa, which introduced Neil Jordan and Bob Hoskins to the international market; and Michael Caton-Jones’ Scandal, starring John Hurt. Other productions included Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game for which Powell was the sole executive producer. This was one of the biggest British independent films at the box office, taking over $65 million at the US box office alone. Nominated for six Oscars, including ‘Best Picture’, Neil Jordan won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’. Powell and Woolley’s new company Scala produced Backbeat, The Neon Bible, Fever Pitch, B Monkey, Welcome to Woop Woop, and TwentyFour: Seven, which won the international critics FIPRESCI prize as well as a ‘Pierrot’ Award at the Venice Film Festival. Little Voice, starring Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Jane Horrocks and Brenda Blethyn, won the ‘Best Actor’ Golden Globe, was nominated for the ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’, and went on to become the highest grossing British film of 1999 in the UK. Other productions include Last Orders, which premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, and Scala’s first animated feature, Christmas Carol—The Movie. He executive produced Calendar Girls, and Stoned. Nik’s last production was Ladies in Lavender. Nik Powell is Director of the National Film and Television School, Chairman of Scala Productions, Vice Chairman of the board of the European Film Academy, previous Chairman of EFA and host of the European Film Awards. He is Vice Chairman of the BAFTA Film Board, member of the BAFTA Board of Trustees; Council Member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts); member of BAFTA Film Committee; Member of the US academy AMPAS (Association of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences); Director of the board of the Northern Ireland Film and TV Commission, Member of the council of PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television); Member of British Screen Advisory Council; Member of European Producers Club; and Vice Chairman of the GEECT Board.

Tian Zhuangzhuang (People’s Republic of China) Tian Zhuangzhuang is one of the leading figures of the ‘Fifth Generation’. His third feature film Horse Thief (1985) won large audiences in Europe and North America, and is now seen as one of the cornerstones of ‘Fifth Generation’ filmmaking: a modern classic. He has been in and out of trouble with the authorities for most of his career (not least for being the only film industry signatory to a 1989 open letter to the government, calling for the release of political prisoners) and he was ‘black-listed’ for a year after his film The Blue Kite won the Grand Prix at the 1992 Tokyo International Film Festival. The son of well-known film actors, he was born in Beijing and at age 14 when Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, he was active as a young ‘Red Guard’ before being sent to Jilin Province for ‘reeducation’ at the hands of the local peasantry. He escaped from Jilin by joining the army, and served as a trainee cinematographer on several agricultural documentaries. When the Beijing Film Academy re-opened in 1978, he passed the exam to enter its Directing Department—and co-directed the student tape Our Corner (1980), the first sign of the coming ‘new wave’ in Chinese cinema. On graduating in 1982, he co-directed a feature for children. Between 1994 and 1997 he ran the company Pegase within Beijing Film Studio and produced four features by young directors; he also acted in one of them, How Steel is Forged, directed by Lu Xuechang. In 2002 his film—Springtime in a Small Town won the San Marco Prize at the 59th Venice International Film Festival. In 2003, he founded BDI Films Inc. in Beijing, majoring on HD films for a young generation of directors. Also in 2003 he directed his first documentary film—Delamu, and in 2006 he finished his new feature —The Go Master.


NOMINATIONS COUNCIL OF THE ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2007 APSA gratefully acknowledges distinguished members of the inaugural Nominations Council who gathered in Brisbane in September 2007 to deliberate on a larger than expected number of entries in this first year. We commend their efforts to recommend nominations in each category to members of the International Jury. The esteemed members of the inaugural APSA Nominations Council are:

CHAIRMAN Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea) Associate Professor, Department of Film, School of Film, TV and Multimedia, Korean National University of Arts. Festival Director, Chungmuro International Film Festival, in Seoul (CHIFFS).

Hong-Joon Kim was Festival Director of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Commissioner of the Korean Film Council from 2000–2005. His published books include I, A Filmmaker: Kim Hong-Joon’s Film Notes, and Two or Three Things You Want to Know About Movies. Hong-Joon Kim is an award-winning director, and screenwriter of films including Jungle Story and La Vie En Rose. He hosted and co-wrote the television series Korean Classical Cinema Special. 22

Hong-Joon Kim Chairman

Soheir Abdel Kader

Mohammad Atebbai

Philip Cheah

Anne Démy-Geroe

Russell Edwards

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko

Azize Tan

Aruna Vasudev

Xie Fei


Soheir Abdel Kader (Egypt) Vice-President of the Cairo International Film Festival and Director of the Cairo International Film Festival for Children. Soheir Abdel Kader is a member of the Union of Arab Artists and a member of the Centre International du Film pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse, CIJEF. She has been a Jury member of the San Francisco Isfahan and Sousse Film Festivals, the Lucas International Film Festival for Children, and was Jury President for the Moscow International Film Festival for Children. She was a consultant to the Egyptian National Day of the Children, 1994; established the Charity Market for Handicapped Children in conjunction with The Cairo International Film Festival for Children; and had a key role in establishing the Cairo International Film Festival as a FIAPF accredited festival.

Mohammad Atebbai (Iran) Managing Director, Iranian Independents. Mohammad Atebbai is a film producer and distributor; and Head of Iranian Independents, which markets and promotes Iranian films internationally. He was in charge of screening Iranian films at international festivals and events at Farabi Cinema Foundation for eight years, before forming Iranian Independents in 1997. He acted as Director of International Affairs for Khaneh Cinema for two years. He was Senior Editor of Film International from 1997–2001 and is still a journalist and member of the Iranian Society of Film Critics and Writers. He is the author of the book International Presentation of Iranian Cinema: 1979–2004; was producer and associate producer involved in the co-production and fundraising for Iranian films including The Circle (Jafar Panahi, 1999); and is the Iranian member of the European Documentary Network (EDN), as well as a representative of NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema) in Iran.

Philip Cheah (Singapore) Festival Director, Singapore International Film Festival. Philip Cheah is a film critic and author, and editor of BigO, Singapore’s independent pop culture publication. He is Advisory Board Member and contributor to Cinemaya, the Asian Quarterly, and a Board Member of NETPAC

(Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). Philip Cheah has co-edited And the Moon Dances: The Films of Garin (2004), Noel Vera’s Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema (2005) and is co-editor of Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema by Ngo Phuong Lan (2007).

Anne Démy-Geroe (Australia) Executive Director, Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). Anne Démy-Geroe was an organiser for the Queensland Images Film Festival in 1989, and was involved in the establishment of the Pacific Film and Television Commission in 1990, and the Brisbane International Film Festival in 1991. She was Artistic Director of the first festival and has been involved ever since. Anne has worked on the annual Queensland New Filmmakers Awards and silent film festivals, as well as regional film festivals in Queensland. She is a judge on the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and is a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive. She has served on international juries from Hawaii to Tehran. She is the Australian representative for NETPAC, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, and BIFF presents the sole Australian NETPAC jury. In 2003 Anne was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry.

Russell Edwards (Australia) Film Critic for Variety; former President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. Russell Edwards is a Sydneybased film critic reviewing Asian and Australian films for the international trade paper Variety. He was president of The Film Critics Circle of Australia from 2004 to 2006; is a regular attendee of Asia’s film festival circuit; and has been a FIPRESCI juror at the Pusan International Film Festival twice, including Jury Chairman in 2003. Russell Edwards’ main area of expertise is Korean and Japanese cinema; and he is wellversed in Australian and American film history. A board member of the Sydney Film Festival from 1996 to 1999, Russell also advised the now defunct Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival from 1999 to 2004. Russell has also directed short films. His most recent film The Agreement (2006) played at numerous major festivals around the world and was screened on SBS Television.


Jeannette Paulson Hereniko (Hawaii) Founding Director, Hawaii International Film Festival; President, iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific. Jeannette Paulson Hereniko launched the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1981 to promote cultural understanding about Asia, Pacific and the United States through film, and remained the festival director until 1996. In 1990 she was named the first director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As a founding board member of NETPAC, she established NETPAC/USA in 1994. She has served on film festival juries in Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Mumbai, Brisbane and Osian’s Cinefan in New Delhi. As the Director of the Asia Pacific Media Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication from 1996 to 2005, she started a website, www. This evolved into a subscription website that streams movies and provides information about contemporary Asian and Pacific Island film cultures for universities and organisations interested in Asia and the Pacific. Ms Hereniko has written, directed and produced documentaries and theatrical productions, notably producing an award-winning 2004 feature film from Fiji, The Land Has Eyes. Currently she is President of Te Maka Productions, Inc., NETPAC/USA, iFilm Connections Asia & Pacific, and an international Consultant for the American Film Institute’s Project 20/20.

Azize Tan (Turkey) Director, International Istanbul Film Festival; Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Azize Tan began her career as Subtitling Co-ordinator at the International Istanbul Film Festival in 1996 and went on to become the Co-ordinator of the Festival from 2000 to 2002 and then Assistant Director. She was also the Coordinator of the 5th, 6th and 7th International Istanbul Biennials.

Aruna Vasudev (India) Founder-President, Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema; Founder-Director OSIAN’S CINEFAN. Aruna Vasudev is the FounderPresident of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), Founder-Director of Cinefan, Festival of Asian Cinema, (now Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian

and Arab Cinema) and FounderEditor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly (now Osian’sCinemaya). She is a Trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India and of the newly constituted Forum for Art Beyond Borders, India; was conferred France’s top cultural award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; and the Star of Italian Solidarity. She is the author of two books on Indian Cinema; editor and co-editor of several books on cinema and television, including Being & Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia and co-editor of Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema by Ngo Phuong Lan (2007); and has been a jury member in Cannes (Camera d’Or), Locarno, Thessaloniki, Singapore, Fajr (Tehran), Karlovy Vary, Istanbul, Antalya, Hawaii, Jeonju (Korea), Tallinn (Estonia) and many more.

Xie Fei (People’s Republic of China) Professor, Beijing Film Academy; Film Director. Xie Fei is internationally known as one of the most prominent directors from China. His feature film A Girl from Hunan (Xian Nu Xiao Xiao) was invited to screen in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival in 1987 and won the Don Quixote Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Golden Panda Award at the Montpelier Film Festival, in 1988. Black Snow won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1990 and screened at the Hong Kong, London, Washington, Sydney and Montreal Film Festivals. Woman from the Lake of Scented Souls won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1993, the Chinese Government Outstanding Film Award in 1993 and the Best Actress Award at the Chicago Film Festival. A Mongolian Tale’s many awards include the Best Director Award at the World Film Festival in Montreal in 1995, and the Best Director at the Shanghai Film Critic’s Ten Best Film Awards in 1995. Song of Tibet (2000) won Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Music awards at the Chinese Golden Rooster Awards. Professor Xie Fei has been a Professor of BFA for 40 years. His students include Directors of Chinese fifth and sixth generations, including Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke.


A SYMBOL COMMON TO ALL CULTURES AND CIVILISATION. I feel honoured to be invited to create the inaugural award—the vessel—for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Joanna Bone

My work has always been inspired by the patterns and natural rhythms of nature. The Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s indigenous environment have proved a rich source of visual research and was one of the major

reasons why I made Brisbane my home five years ago. The pieces created for the APSA Commission are very organic and fluid in form. The colours reflect vibrant tones of the APSA design icon and are blown using the Italian technique of rolling glass ‘canes’ around the outside of the piece and melting them into the surface so that the vessel appears

to have stripes. This process is completed in the cutting shop once the pieces have cooled down. I use a technique of incising the surface of the glass with a diamond lathe to reveal intricate patterns through the glass.

Joanna Bone, Brisbane Australia, September 2007

THE AWARD Recipients of the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Award will receive a unique work of art to acknowledge their achievement—a symbol common to all cultures and civilisation—the urn, the vase or, the vessel. Brisbane artist Joanna Bone is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and one of Australia’s leading glass artists. She is the only Queenslander to have won the Ranamok annual National Glass Prize and has exhibited widely. Her work can be found in prominent national and international collections. Joanna Bone’s exquisite glass vessels will be presented to winners in 11 APSA award categories. Nominees will be honoured with a bespoke emblem created in 9CT Gold and Sterling Silver. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards adornment depicts the APSA mark and features a Golden Sapphire from the gem fields of Central Queensland, Australia. The handcrafted piece was created by Brisbane-based international design firm, Minale Bryce and awardwinning Queensland jeweller, Wallace Bishop Pty Ltd. Esteemed Jury and Nominations Council members will be similarly recognised. 25


The Bicycle

Denias, Singing on the Cloud


Mother Nanny

The Bicycle (Gulong) Philippines Produced by Menardo Jimenez and Socorro Fernandez The Bicycle is a story of Apoo, a boy of 12 and his cousin Momoy and their quest for a bicycle. It is the start of the school holidays and their only hope of entertainment is an antique bicycle lying abandoned at the oldest, spookiest house in the neighborhood. The old woman who owns the house will let them have it—for a price! This starts them on a journey which tests their character, strengthens their friendship and unravels things about the past, making this summer one of the most meaningful in their lives.

Denias, Singing on the Cloud (Denias, Senandung di Atas Awan) Indonesia Produced by Ari Sihasale Based on the story of the real life struggle of a boy named Denias, who came from a small village at Jayawijaya Mountain in Western Papua Island and now has a scholarship to attend senior high school in Darwin, Australia. This story, shot authentically against the real backdrop of Papua Island, reveals the beauty and hardship of emotions between spirit, dream and reality, humour and sadness, freedom and regret, enemy and friendship, revenge and forgiveness, efforts and result.



Locksmith (Ghofl-saz) Iran Produced by Hassan Agha-Karimi 13-year-old Mohammad goes to the police station to complain about his dad who frequently beats him and his little sister. He tells the police he wants to sue his father, the local locksmith. Although Mohammad is encouraged by his granny and his dad’s family, the police officer does not accept his words and makes him take back his complaint.

Mother Nanny (Inang Yaya) Philippines Produced by Antonio Gloria Norma straddles between two worlds as mother to Ruby and nanny to Louise. When Norma takes Ruby to the city to live with the family of Louise, the two girls struggle to share the woman they both fiercely love. Every day is a balancing act for Norma as she deals with her demanding ward and her headstrong daughter; a generous employer and her opinionated mother-in-law; the desire for a good life and the need to survive.

Mukhsin Malaysia Produced by Puad Onah. Co-Produced by MHZ Films. Orked is 10, Mukhsin is 12. They meet during one school holiday and quickly become best of friends. They play together, hang out together and soon even begin to dress alike. But things get confusing when Mukhsin thinks he has fallen in love with Orked.



The Big Fighting Between Wukong and God Erlang

5 Centimeters Per Second

Summer Days with Coo

The Big Fighting Between Wukong and God Erlang (Wukong Da Zhan Er Lang Shen) Peoples Republic of China

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters) Japan

Summer Days with Coo (Kappa No Coo To Natsuyasumi) Japan

Produced by Noritaka Kawaguchi

Produced by Yutaka Sugiyama

Produced by Hansen Liang and Zhou Meiling

5 Centimeters Per Second is a serial short animation consisting of three independent works, all of which are depicted with a boy at the core. The film is set in Japan from the 1990’s to present day and moves, with the boy’s life, around Tokyo and to the Japanese countryside. Director, Makoto Shinkai attempts to present the real world as inspiration “by depicting life as true as it is and allowing the viewers a different view to the familiar surroundings that everyone has seen before.”

Adapted from one of the most famous classical novels in China, The Big Fighting Between Wukong and God Erlang is the story of Sun Wukong, entitled by Jade Emperor as the Monkey King, Great Sage Equalling Heaven. Forever making trouble in the King’s mansion, Wukong was given the job of running the Peach Orchard. After he destroyed Mother Queen’s peach party and stole the Golden Elixir, Mother Queen sent Heavenly King Lee with 100,000 heavenly soldiers to capture him, but Wukong defeated them all. The God Erlang was sent to fight Wukong and after three hundred rounds, Wukong was captured. With the Golden Elixir, Wukong could be captured but not defeated and Jade Emporer had no choice but to ask for help from Rulai Buddha, who has boundless supernatural power.

Kouichi Uehara, a fourth grade student in elementary school, lives in a suburb of Tokyo. One day, walking back from school along the river, Kouichi picks up a large stone which looks like a fossil. It turns out to be a baby “Kappa”– a Japanese mythical water creature called Coo who was sleeping underground for the past 300 years. Kouichi and Coo become good friends and live together with Kouichi’s family. However, Coo cannot adjust to the lifestyle in Tokyo and so, on a hot summer day, Kouichi and Coo decide to go on an adventurous road trip to find Coo’s peers.

Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos (Yaoumiyat Beirut: Hakaek Wa Akatheeb) Lebanon Produced by Mai Masri and Jean Chamoun Through the story of a young Beirut woman, Beirut Diaries provides an eyewitness account of the spontaneous sit-in by hundreds of thousands of Lebanese young people after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Through the turbulent experiences, dreams and disillusions of the filmmaker’s young friends, the film explores the critical transformations and crucial questions facing Lebanon in this troubled period.

A Great Master Re-Captured (You Jian Mei Lan Fang) People’s Republic of China Produced by Gao Feng A portrait of Peking Opera’s most famous star, Mei Lanfang (18941961), a man who innovatively shaped his various female characters, from the witty maid to the drunken beauty, by every single finger movement, every blink of an eye and every word he uttered. Chronologically the film recalls the big events in Mei’s life, from his debut in Beijing at 10 to his performance for the new


China scientists in 1961, just two months before he died. But in many people’s eyes Mei Lanfang is still mysterious. “He’s the most attractive woman on the stage but a handsome man…a husband and father in real life.” So, who is the real Mei Lanfang? A montage of pictures, music and old footage of the great master in action reveals his life as a great artist, a loving father and a superb teacher.

The Lost Land (Sarzamine Gomshodeh) Iran Produced by Vahid Mousaine Simani This documentary film is about the political and social events that happened after 1941 that caused the ‘North Neighbour Country’ to penetrate into Iran, forcing some generations to immigrate and live in the camps of Siberia.

A Story of People in War and Peace Armenia Produced by Vardan Hovhannisyan “Recently, my young son came up to me. He had seen my old uniform hanging in the closet. He asked me, ‘Daddy, are you a warrior?’ and I didn’t know how to respond to him.” It was this moment that Vardan Hovhannisyan describes as the turning point when he knew he

needed to return to the archive footage he shot during the Karabagh war. “The film combines strong and unique archival war footage from the trenches of a 20 metre battlefield with the human and touching stories of the survivors who are now living on in peace time. Twelve years later I had the opportunity to follow them over a year-long shooting period and was able to create a very close and intimate portrait of their lives and their universal stories.”

Village People Radio Show (Apa Khabar Orang Kampung) Malaysia Produced by Tan Chui Mui and Amir Muhammad In the propaganda war against the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), much was made of the fact that the Party comprised ethnic Chinese who adopted atheistic political philosophy. This tactic proved effective, as the country was mainly Malay and Muslim. However, a large and influential division of the CPM comprised Malay—Muslims. This documentary is a portrayal of life in a tranquil South Thailand village, complete with mosque, where the retired members live in exile. Recollections of the decadelong guerrilla war are interspersed with fictional Thai radio drama.


Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos

A Great Master Re-Captured

A Story of People in War and Peace

Village People Radio Show

The Lost Land


Gandhi, My Father

Feroz Abbas Khan for Gandhi, My Father India Gandhi, My Father is the cinematic debut of well-known theatre director Feroz Abbas Khan, a man respected not only for exploring new forms in Indian theatre but also for bringing Hindi theatre into the mainstream. He is best known for his adaptations of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Death of a Salesman and perhaps his most famous play—Mahatma v/s Gandhi, which was extremely well received the world over. Proficient in various languages, Khan blends the Eastern tradition of story telling with Western sensibilities and modernity.

Michael James Rowland and Helen Barnes for Lucky Miles Australia Michael James Rowland studied graphic design at the North Adelaide School of Arts, eventually working as Art Director for the Adelaide Festival of Arts. At the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) his award-winning student films Flying Over Mother (1996) and The Existentialist Cowboy’s Last Stand (1995) began his

Lucky Miles

Night Bus

Secret Sunshine

Takva: A Man’s Fear Of God

reputation as a passionate and original writer/director. Lucky Miles is Michael’s second screen collaboration with Helen Barnes, an award-winning novelist, the first being BloodSports, a DIY SBSTV initiative.

as a renowned novelist with his first novel ‘Chonri’. Later in his career he turned to movie making, penning two screenplays, To the Starry Island (1993) and A Single Spark (1995). Deciding to move into directing, Lee made Green Fish (1997), and in 2000, Peppermint Candy. All of his films have received critical acclaim and awards, including Oasis, which won the prestigious Director’s Award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. From 2003 to 2004, Lee Chang-dong served as the minister of Culture and Tourism in the Republic of Korea Government.

Kiumars Pourahmad and Habib Ahmadzadeh for Night Bus (Autobus-E Shab) Iran Kiumars Pourahmad was born in Isfahan in 1949 and started his professional career in 1973 writing film reviews. Three years later, he started writing and making films and TV series. His feature film credits include: For the Sake of Haniyeh, Strange Sisters, The Longest Night, and Edelweiss. In 2006, Habib Ahmadzadeh wrote Conversation with the Shadow. Night Bus is his second feature film.

Lee Chang-dong for Secret Sunshine (Miryang) Republic of Korea Lee Chang-dong graduated in 1980 with a degree in Korean Literature from Kyungpook National University in Daegu. In 1983 Lee established himself

Önder Çakar for Takva: A Man’s Fear Of God (Takva) Turkey/Germany Önder Çakar founded Yeni Sinemaclik San. Tic Ltd with his creative partners, director, Serdar Akar and producer, Sevil Demirci. His previous feature film credits as writer/producer include, Maruf, Dar alanda kısa paslasmalar (Offside), Laleli’de Bir Azize (A Madonna in Laleli) and the awardwinning, Gemide (On Board).

(L–R): Feroz Abbas Khan, Michael James Rowland, Helen Barnes, Habib Ahmadzadeh, Kiumars Pourahmad, Lee Chang-dong, Önder Çakar.


From left to right: Feroz Abbas Khan, Michael James Rowland, Helen Barnes, Habib Ahmadzadeh, Kiumars Pourahmad, Lee Chang-dong, Önder Çakar.

The Go Master

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY NOMINEES Wang Yu, The Go Master (Wu Qingyuan) People’s Republic of China One of China’s leading cinematographers, Wang Yu’s credits include Tian Zhuangzhuang’s Wu Qingyuan and Delamu, Yang Fan’s Colour Blossoms and Lou Ye’s The Purple Butterfly and Suzhou River.

Sergey Trofimov (RGC), Mongol Russian Federation


The Sun Also Rises

Born in Moscow in 1961, Sergey Trofimov made his debut in cinema in 1994 with the film The Peshawar Waltz directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Trofimov has shot over 250 commercials and music videos. He returned to feature films shooting two fantasy blockbusters for Timur Bekmambetov, Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006), which topped the Russian box office. He is a specialist in shooting complex scenes. In the film Mongol he worked on the second expedition to China, when all the main crowd and battle scenes were shot for the film.

Palitha Perera, Sankara Sri Lanka

Those Three


Palitha Perera is one of Sri Lanka’s top cinematographers and has been awarded all major awards in Sri Lanka for his work. He has shot more than 500 commercials, 20 television films and 2 feature films. His second film ‘Sankara’ has won numerous awards at various international film festivals, including the Silver Pyramid Award at the Cairo film festival. Palitha’s experimental raw style of cinematography was highly acclaimed by film critics around the globe. Palitha started his work life as a teacher but his great interest in photography and a passion for the arts led him to cinematography.

Fei Zhao, Mark Ping-bin Lee and Tao Yang, The Sun Also Rises People’s Republic of China Three of China’s leading cinematographers. Fei Zhao made his feature film debut in 1986 as cinematographer for acclaimed director, Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Horse Thief. His many successful feature film credits include, The Last Eunuch, the award-winning, Raise The Red Lantern, which won him Best Cinematography award from both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics (USA). In 1998 he shot Chen Kaige’s The Emperor and the Assassin and earlier this century, Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks and Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Mark Pingbin Lee’s name is inseparable from that of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, having accompanied the master on his cinematic sojourn for two decades, and shooting ten of his films, including such classics as City of Sadness (1989), as well as recent work Café Lumiere (2004), Three Times (2005) and Flight of the Red Balloon (2007). Tao Yang worked as cinematographer on the feature films, The Sun Also Rises (2007), Curiosity Kills the Cat (2006), One Summer With You (2005), Little Red Flowers (2005), About Love (2004), Lan Yu (2002), Jinji Pojiang (2000), and So Close to Paradise (1999).

Hooman Behmanesh, Those Three (An Seh) Iran Born in 1980 in Lahijan Iran, Hooman Behmanesh is a graduate of Film Directing from Soureh College of Istahani. He has been a director of photography for eighty short films and documentary films as well as six feature films, including President Mir Qanbar (2006) and Abbas Kiarostami’s latest film, Shirin.

(L–R): Wang Yu, Sergey Trofimov, Fei Zhao, Mark Ping-bin Lee and Tao Yang, Hooman Behmanesh, Palitha Perera.


Mongol (Russian Federation).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS NOMINEES Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Asiza Semaan and Siham Haddad, Caramel Lebanon / France Hanan Turk, Cut And Paste

Nadine Labaki, Caramel

Joan Chen, The Home Song Stories

Yasmine Al Masri, Caramel

Writer/Director, Nadine Labaki heads up this fine ensemble cast of Lebanese actresses. Nadine Labaki was born in Lebanon and studied media at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. She is one of the well known directors in the Arabic music videos industry and has directed clips for many well known Middle-Eastern artists. In 2004, she attended the Résidence du Festival de Cannes to write Caramel. She is joined by the outstanding ensemble of actresses; Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzei, Gisele Aouad, Asiza Semaan and Siham Haddad for this nomination.

Hanan Turk, Cut And Paste (Kas Wa Lazk) Egypt Baran Kosari, Mainline

Joanna Moukarzel, Caramel

Jeon Do-yeon, Secret Sunshine

Gisele Aouad, Caramel

Siham Haddad, Caramel

Hanan Turk studied at the Ballet Institute, became a member of the Cairo Ballet Group and later, the Classic Ballet Group. In 1991 she burst onto the acting scene starring alongside Nadia El-Gendy in Raghba Motawahesha, directed by Khayry Bishara. One of Egypt’s foremost actresses, Hanan has managed to make her mark on Arab audiences in a number of Egyptian films including, Youssef Shahine’s Al-Mohager, Al-Massir and Al-Akhar. She also starred in a selection of successful TV series including Al-Sabr Fel Malahat, AlMal We Al-Banoun, Lan A’esh Fe Gelbab Aby, Amira Men Abdeen and Opera Aida. In 2005 Hanan played the lead role in the film Dunia, directed by Jocelyne Saab. The film attracted a lot of attention not only in Egypt but also in Europe with its controversial topic, female circumcision.

Joan Chen, The Home Song Stories Australia

Asiza Semaan, Caramel


Joan Chen first became famous in China in 1979 for her performance in Zhang Zheng’s Little Flower for which she won the Hundred Flowers Award in China. Chen achieved this stardom status while still a teenager and caused Time magazine to dub her “the Elizabeth Taylor of China”. At age twenty, Chen moved to the United States where she studied filmmaking at California State University, and became a naturalised USA citizen. Her first Hollywood movie was Tai-Pan,

filmed on location in China. She went on to star in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor in 1987 and the David Lynch/Mark Frost television series Twin Peaks. In 1993 she co-starred in Oliver Stone’s Heaven & Earth. Tired of being cast as an exotic beauty in Hollywood films, Chen moved into directing in 1998 with the critically acclaimed Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl. She later directed Autumn in New York in 2000. In 2004 Chen made an acting comeback and has appeared in 7 films with release scheduled for 2007 and 2008.

Baran Kosari, Mainline (Khoonbazi) Iran Baran Kosari was born in 1985 in Tehran, Iran. She is the daughter of director Rakhshan BaniEtemad and producer Jahangir Kosari. After graduating from Soureh Academy her first role was in the film, The Best Papa of the World (1991), followed by Nargess (1991), The Blue-Veiled (1994), Ordibehesht Lady (1997) and Under The Skin Of The City (2000). Ms Kosari’s appearances in theatre include Over The Mirror (1997), with Azita Hajian directing. Ms Kosari’s awards include, Crystalline Simorgh and a Diploma of Honor in the 25th Fajr International Film Festival.

Jeon Do-yeon, Secret Sunshine (Miryang) Republic of Korea Jeon Do-yeon spent five years starring in television dramas before making her film debut opposite Han Suk-kyu in The Contact. She went on to play many diverse roles in films such as A Promise and The Harmonium in My Memory for which she received two awards for Best Actress, The Blue Dragon and The Grand Bell. Her other films include Happy End, Park Heung-shik’s debut I Wish I Had a Wife, and his more recent drama My Mother, the Mermaid; Ryoo Seung-wan’s No Blood No Tears, E J-yong’s Untold Scandal, based on the famous French novel (Dangerous Liasions), and Park Jin-pyo’s You’re My Sunshine. Her performance in that film helped turn the film into a box-office hit and won her many local acting awards. Jeon Do-yeon won Best Leading Actress at Cannes in 2007 for her performance in Secret Sunshine.

Ryu Deok-hwan, Like a Virgin

Erkan Can, Takva: A Man’s Fear of God

Evgeniy Antropov, Hard-Hearted

Mehrdad Seddiqian, Night Bus

Sasson Gabai, The Band’s Visit

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR NOMINEES Sasson Gabai, The Band’s Visit (Bikur Hatizmoret) Israel

Ryu Deok-hwan, Like A Virgin (Cheon Ha Jang Sa Madonna) Republic of Korea

Erkan Can, Takva: A Man’s Fear Of God (Takva) Turkey/Germany

One of Israel’s leading and prolific actors, Sasson Gabai is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Drama Dept. He has appeared in an enormous number of Israeli and international films, television series and theatre plays. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Landaw Award for the Performing Arts, Best Actor, The Israel Academy of Theatre and Best Actor for Supporting Role, The Israeli Academy of Cinema. His previous film roles include, Aviva My Love, Rambo III, The Order, Made in Israel, Scar, Les Patriots, Tel Aviv Stories, Cherry Season, First Light, Not Without My Daughter, The Quarry and War Zone.

Ryu Deok-hwan was born in 1987 and started his acting career on stage at age 6. He appeared in numerous TV programs including an ongoing role for 8 years in a popular TV drama. While he had appeared in minor roles in several films, it was his breakout lead performance in Like A Virgin that saw him win the Best New Actor Award at both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Pusan Film Critics Awards, as well as a Best Actor nomination from the Korean Film Awards. He gained 28kg in three months to play the role truthfully. His has since shot My Son and Our Town.

Erkan Can was born in 1958 in Bursa, Turkey. He started his drama career in 1975 by taking drama classes at Bursa State Theatre. In 1985 he began studying at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatuary —Drama Department, and graduated in 1990. His feature film debut, On Board, earned him three Best Actor Awards—from the Antalya Film Festival, The Ankara Film Festival and the Orhan Ariburnu Awards. His other films include, Offside, Visontele, Toss Up, Listen to Istanbul, In Prison Now, Destiny and Fatih Akin’s Edge of Heaven.

Evgeniy Antropov, Hard-Hearted (Kremen) Russian Federation Born in Moscow in 1986 actor Evgeniy Antropov makes his feature film debut as a young policeman confronted by corruption in the Russian capital under the direction of debutwriter/director Aleksei Mizgiryov. He is currently in his fourth year at the Russian Academy of the Theatre Arts (GITIS).

Mehrdad Seddiqian, Night Bus (Autobus-E Shab) Iran Born in 1988 in Tehran, Mehrdad Seddiqian was cast in his first feature film, Mona Zandi’s Friday Evening, after answering an advertisement in the newspaper for amateur actors. Night Bus is his second feature film.



Crossing the Dust



Little Moth

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING NOMINEES Nadine Labaki for Caramel Lebanon / France Nadine Labaki was born in Lebanon and studied media at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. She is a well-known director in the Arabic music video industry and has directed clips for many well known Middle-Eastern artists. In 2004, she attended the Résidence du Festival de Cannes to write Caramel. Caramel premiered in Cannes film festival 2007 during the Directors fortnight and is Ms Labaki’s first feature film. Ms Labaki also stars in Caramel.

Shawkat Amin Korki for Crossing the Dust (Parinawa La Ghobar) Iraq/Kurdistan Shawkat Amin Korki was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973. To join his family, he was forced by Iraqi militia to flee to Iran where he stayed until 1999. During his years in Iran and afterwards when he returned to Iraqi Kurdistan, he began to work for the theatre, television and cinema. His short films, made between 1997 and 2005, have been presented at many international festivals to excellent reception and have won several awards. In 2002, he helped organise the first Erbil Short Film Festival. Crossing The

Dust, his first feature film, was shown at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2007.

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab for Mainline (Khoonbazi) Iran

Zhanna Issabayeva for Karoy Kazakhstan

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is one of Iran’s leading female contemporary filmmakers. Her work is marked by a strong social and political consciousness and commitment. Born in Tehran in 1954, Bani-Etemad studied film at the University of Dramatic Arts and in 1973 joined national TV as a script girl. In 1977 she began her directing career as a documentaryfilmmaker for television. She shot her first feature film, Kharej az Mahdudeh—Off the Limits in 1987 and in 1991 was the first woman to win the Best Director award at Iran’s most prestigious Fajr Film Festival with the film, Nargess. Co-director Mohsen Abdolvahab was born in 1957 in Tehran. Abdolvahab is a graduate in Editing from the IRIB University. He began his cinematic career in 1980, editing over 30 documentary and feature films and producing 23 short documentaries and award-winning feature film documentaries. Previous film collaborations with Rakhshan Bani-Etemad include, Nargess and Gilaneh.

Zhanna Issabayeva was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1968. Zhanna graduated in journalism and has worked for many years in the advertising field. She executive produced the films Last Holiday and Zhilama, and is currently the head of Sun Production, the biggest production house in Kazakhstan. The independent Karoy is Zhanna’s first feature film as a director and scriptwriter.

Peng Tao for Little Moth (Xue Chan) People’s Republic of China Peng Tao was born in Beijing in 1974 and received his bachelor degree from the Art Department of Beijing Film Academy in 2004. His awardwinning student films, Story in The Winter and Goodbye Childhood were both screened internationally at festivals. In March 2007, Peng finished the independently produced Little Moth (Xue Chan), his first feature film.

(L-R): Nadine Labaki, Shawkat Amin Korki, Zhanna Issabayeva, Peng Tao.




Night Bus

Secret Sunshine

Takva: A Man’s Fear of God

Opera Jawa

Caramel Lebanon /France

Opera Jawa Indonesia

Produced by Anne Dominique Toussaint. Co-Produced by Les Films de Beyrouth and Raphaël Burdugo.

Produced by Garin Nugroho, Simon Field, and Keith Griffiths

In Beirut, five women meet up at a beauty salon, a highly colourful and sensual microcosm. Layale loves Rabih, but he is a married man. Nisrine is Muslim and her forthcoming wedding poses a problem: she’s no longer a virgin. Rima is tormented by her attraction to women. Jamale is refusing to grow old. Rose has sacrificed herself to look after her older sister, Lili. Between haircuts and sugar-waxing with caramel, the women at the salon share intimate and liberated conversations about men, sex and motherhood.

Night Bus (Autobus-E Shab) Iran Produced by Mehdi Homayounfar Night Bus, a black-and-white war drama, travels back to the IranIraq conflict of the mid-1980’s, when a young private is forced to transport 38 Iraqi prisoners-of-war to their home base in a halfdilapidated bus. The obstinate and slightly irascible driver must pilot the vehicle through a dangerous lay of land, packed with mortar shells and explosive mines. Uninterested with wartime heroics, the film denounces the senselessness of the conflict, which pitted ordinary men from two closely related nations against each other at the behest of fanatical leaders.

Opera Jawa, rich in symbols and mysticism, is about a man and wife, Setio and Siti, who live in a small village and earn their living selling earthenware pots. Ludiro, a rich man who controls trading activities using various forms of violence, also lives in the village and, like Setio and Siti, is a former dancer in wayang orang, the traditional Javanese dance-drama. Setio and Siti’s life takes a turn for the worse when their earthenware business goes bankrupt. Ludiro, who has always been in love with Siti, tries to seduce her. Without realising it, the three former dancers enter into a triangle of conflict that mirrors the conflict in the episode Sinta Obong/The Abduction of Sinta that they used to perform in the wayang orang version of the Ramayana story.

Secret Sunshine (Miryang) Republic of Korea Produced by Kim In-soo, Lee Chang-dong, and Hanna Lee. When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae and her son Jun relocate down south to her late husband’s hometown of Miryang. Despite her efforts to settle down in this unfamiliar and much too normal place, she finds that she can’t quite fit in. She opens a new piano academy and makes attempts to mingle with neighbors, but nothing works.

Takva: A Man’s Fear of God (Takva) Turkey /Germany Produced by Sevil Demirci Çakar. Co-Produced by Corazón International. Humble introvert, Muharrem lives a solitary and meager existence of prayer and sexual abstinence, adhering strictly to the most severe Islamic doctrines. His extraordinary devotion attracts the attention of the leaders of a rich and powerful Istanbul religious group and they offer him an administrative post as rent collector for their numerous properties. Now, thrown into the modern outside world Muharrem must deal with the dilemmas and temptations arising at the intersection of religion and economic interests. His inner peace is unnerved by the torment of seductive images, the witnessing of hypocritical attitudes and by the fact that he himself has become proud, domineering and even dishonest. With the balance of his devotion now upset, his fear of God begins to eat away at his senses.


FIAPF AWARD INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM PRODUCERS ASSOCIATIONS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION. The winner of the FIAPF Award will be decided by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in its absolute discretion.





FILM IN QUEENSLAND Queensland has always exerted a powerful influence on the creative imagination in Australia, so it’s not surprising that a large number of films have originated and been set here. The most famous of Australian pioneer directors, Charles Chauvel (1897–1959), was born in Queensland. Chauvel aspired to a film industry that projected Australian stories and landscape for world audiences. The only Australian filmmaker to successfully make the transition from silent to sound films, his most notable films are Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940), Sons of Matthew (1949) and Jedda (1955). He also had an astute sense of emerging acting talent, giving such internationally reputed actors as Errol Flynn, Chips Rafferty and Peter Finch their first major roles.

Charles and Elsa Chauvel.

Jedda (1955).

Two notable silent films with Aboriginal themes, Coorab on the Island of Ghosts and The Romance of Runnibede, were made in Queensland in the 1920’s. But Chauvel’s Jedda, set in the Top End of the continent, was the first colour feature directed by an Australian, the first film to cast Aborigines as the principal characters, and the first Australian film to be invited to Cannes. Other notable features made in or referring to Queensland include the Ealing Studios’ production, The Overlanders (1946), the first Australian-made film to earn a place in the top ten annual world box office takings; Bruce Beresford’s exploration of Aboriginal people living adjacent to a small rural town, The Fringe Dwellers (1986); and such rites of passage films as The Mango Tree (1977), The Irishman (1978), and The Delinquents (1989). One of the most powerful Australian films of recent times, The Proposition (2005), is a stark depiction of life in a small Queensland frontier town at the end of the colonial period of Australian history. The preponderance of production focusing on the Gold Coast is partly a consequence of the location there of the Warner Roadshow Studios, and partly a reflection of a lifestyle which is unique within Australia, as evidenced in such films as Goodbye

Sons of Matthew (1949).


Paradise (1983), The Coolangatta Gold (1984), Blurred (2002) and Gettin’ Square (2003). Another aspect of the film industry in Queensland is the production of features and telefilms that use local locations to double for other parts of the world. Possibly the most notable of these was The Thin Red Line (1998), with Terence Malick using tropical North Queensland to replicate the jungles of Guadalcanal, while Baz Luhrmann has just concluded scenes for the forthcoming blockbuster, Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, in which the North Queensland town of Bowen represents Darwin in the late 1930’s. Charles Chauvel would no doubt be delighted at the way that his vision of filmmaking in Queensland has come to fruition. The annual Chauvel Award, presented at the time of the Brisbane International Film Festival, acknowledges people who have made an outstanding contribution to film in Australia.



Australia’s Gold Coast has long been the focus of filmmaking—locally, nationally, and internationally. Glorious weather, legendary beaches, diverse locations, entertainment parks, world class filming facilities and an atmosphere of freedom, excitement and passion keep tourists and filmmakers returning to this iconic Australian destination. The Gold Coast regularly hosts the Annual Conference of SPAA, the Screen Producers Association of Australia; the National Inside Film People’s Choice Awards; the Australian International Movie Convention; and now, in its inaugural year, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, authenticating the Gold Coast as a major film hub.

Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast—host venue for the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is an international cultural initiative of the State Government of Queensland, Australia through Queensland Events Corporation.

Queensland Government

Television Production

Post Production

Graphic Design/Creative

Grubstreet Media

Cutting Edge

The Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland.

Peter Hiscock, Managing Director

John Lee, President/Founder

Minale Bryce Design Strategy

Graham Davis, Creative Director.

Ray Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Scene By Scene

Peter Laird, Business Development Manager

Queensland Events Corporation Pty Ltd. Board of Directors Michael Denton, Chief Executive QEC Management and Staff.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Des Power AM, Chairman & Co-Executive Producer, Scene By Scene Jane Hickey, Executive Director Richard Watson, General Manager Sharyn Sawyer, Head of Marketing Stuart Craig, Commercial Manager Maxine Williamson, Associate Producer, Awards Administration Melissa Price, Office Manager Katherine Davies, Marketing Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Executive Director Lung Ong, Awards Administration Assistant Bianca Gaudry, Web & IT Coordinator APSA part-time Staff and Volunteers.

TM Publicity Tracey Mair, Director Cathy Gallagher, Publicist Deb McBride, Publicist.

APSA Advisory Council Jane Smith, Vice President, Seed Australia Martin Hadlow, Associate Professor & Director, Centre for Communication for Development & Social Change, School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland Anupam Sharma, Managing Director, Temple Film and Casting.

CNN Reporter Anjali Rao Writer/Interviewer Graham Davis Camera Bruce Inglis Barry Nichols Sound Josh Talbot Mike Cutting Editor Tim Wilson Online Editor Heather Galvin Sound Editor Warren Pearson Final Sound Mix Matthew Connolly Research Kate Hodges Adrienne McKibbins Design Michael Murray Music Bob Davies Producers Ann Buchner Peter Thompson Production Manager Cathy Flannery Production Accountant Carol Seeley.

Peter Koury, Project Manager Senior Editor Samatha Bowden Support Editor Joe Lancaster.

Michael Bryce AM AE B Arch D Univ LFDIA FRAIA FRSA, Adjunct Professor of Design and Chairman Minale Bryce Management and Staff.

Copy Jo Bretag.

Guilds Special thanks to the following guilds for their participation and contribution: The Writers Guild of America Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

Event Production David Grant Special Events David Grant, Event Director Brigid Paton, Event Producer DGSE Management and Staff.

The Awards Program Supervising Producer Glyn Patrick Production Executive Prue Miller Director John Smith Consultant Peter Faiman Writer John Muldrew Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper Segment Producer Ann Buchner Editors Tim Wilson Mike Featherstone Graphics Designer Michael Murray Music Bob Davies Production Accountant Carol Seeley OB Manager Dennis Dovale.

The voting process was audited by Ernst & Young. All Nominations Council members and Jury members have executed Declarations of both Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest. Nominations Council and Jury members with an interest in any film in the Awards process did not participate in any decision on that film in any Award category.


The Asia Pacific Screen Awards thanks and acknowledges the many people and organisations who have contributed to this initiative.

The Cancer Council Sunscreens




Rena Golden, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer,

Executive Committee


Andrés Vicente Gomez (Spain), President

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General

Paul De Carvalho

Aurelio de Laurentiis ( Italy), Honorary President

Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information

Chris Marcich (USA), First Vice-President

Françoise Rivière, Assistant Director-General for Culture.


David Lindsay, Executive Producer, CNN International Eslinda Hamzah, Senior Vice President, CNN Broadcast and Commercial Sales and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Affiliate Relations, Asia Pacific.

P.V. Gangadharan (India), First Vice-President for Asia-Pacific

Phil O’Sullivan, Executive Producer, CNN International Asia Pacific

Han Sanping (China), Vice-President

Chris Dwyer, Associate Director Public Relations, CNN Asia Pacific

Luis Scalella (Argentina)

Nicky Robinson, Marketing Director, Brand Management, CNN International Asia Pacific Ian MacIntosh, Consultant, CNN International Asia Pacific (Former Senior Vice President) CNN Management and Staff.

John Barrack (Canada) Zhu Yongde (China) Sunit Tandon (India)

Australian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

Ernst & Young Fagaleo Fosters Group

Griffith University and The Griffith University Film School work placement students

William Thorn, Deputy Permanent Delegate

Anne Siwicki, Policy Officer.

Vladimir Dostal (Russia) Australian National Commission for UNESCO Susan Pascoe, Chair Ian McRae, Deputy Chair Ken Wiltshire, Former Chair. Geoffrey Brown (Australia), Auditor Members: FIAPF, Paris

Professor Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis

Valerie Lépine-Karnik, Director General

Professor Kwong Lee Dow AM

Benoit Ginisty, Deputy to the Director General in charge of Festivals

Professor John Fien

Brigitte Chapus, Head of Administration & Economic Affairs.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Jane Madden, Former Permanent Delegate

Isao Matsuoka (Japan)

Jean Prewitt/ Lawrence Safir (USA/ Europe)

Coolum Kite Festival

Gold Coast City Council

Gianni Massaro (Italy)

Börje Hansson (Sweden)

Coca-Cola Amatil

Sally Mansfield, Minister – Permanent Delegate

Tracey Haines, Deputy Permanent Delegate

Fabia Buenaventura (Spain)

Clayton Utz

Dr Anna Ciccarelli Professor Ian Lowe AO Dr Jan Lyall PSM

Gold Coast Tourism

Lime Photography Loeb & Loeb (Los Angeles) Marcus Edward Hair Salons Bruce Molloy Mullins and Mullins Pacific Film & Television Commission Perrier Queensland Art Gallery and The Gallery Of Modern Art Schwarzkopf Professional Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast Squiz David Stratton Lynton Taylor Tourism Queensland Craig Voevodin Photographer.

Craddock Morton Professor Margot Prior AO Alan Wu.

SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia)

Parliamentary Observers:

Trish Lake, President

Kevin Rudd MP.

Andrew Laming MP

Geoff Brown, Executive Director Julie Marlow, Senior Policy Consultant

Honorary Members:

Gaylee Butler, Conference Producer.

Professor Geoff Masters

Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG The Hon Patricia Worth Dr John Zillman AO.

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