Asia Pacific Screen Awards bring the region together on the big screen

Asia Pacific Screen Awards bring the region together on the big screen

Asia Pacific Screen Awards bring the region together on the big screen

Updated 4 January 2013, 16:31 AEST

It's home to half of the world's films and yet, few actually make it to internationl cinema screens. For many of us, that means we miss out on the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the region.       

But at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, those films get their chance in the spotlight. This year, the region's equivalent of the Academy Awards featured 34 films from 18 countries vying for top honours at a red carpet event in Brisbane.

The accolades include awards for best feature film, documentary, children's film, animation and recognition of achievements in directing, cinematography and acting.

One film which got plenty of attention was the Indian crime epic Gangs of Wasseypur, about feuding families and power struggles set in small town in a remote coal district in India. It took home the Jury Grand Prize.

Winners of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are chosen by an international jury of renowned filmmakers.

While the films were judged on cinematic excellence, the way they they reflected their cultural origins was an important consideration.

The Awards are run by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy - which was set up to nurture and encourage film makers in the region.

 

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards will air this weekend on Australia Network's Sunday Lights program. More information on when you can watch here.

 

 

 

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