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2014 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund Opens For Submissions At Event Held During BJIFF

Zhang Ziyi and Lu Yue presented with Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • 17Apr 2014

BEIJING/SINGAPORE: At a unique event coinciding with the 2014 Beijing International Film Festival, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today launched the 2014 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. The film fund, supported by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), is now open for submissions exclusively from APSA Academy Members.

The event was attended by APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins and Director of Awards Competition Maxine Williamson, the MPA Asia Pacific Director of Communications Stephen Jenner, members of both the China Film Producers Association and the Beijing Film Academy and the Australian Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Ms. Frances Adamson.

President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, MPA, Mike Ellis said of the film fund, “Film production flourishes and delivers great stories to audiences around the world when people with creative ideas are supported, nurtured and given a platform to realize their work. This fund has attracted some of the region’s most talented filmmakers, and we are delighted that so many of the finished projects have gone on to receive wide acclaim on the festival circuit and resonated so well with audiences across the globe.”

Australian Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson took the opportunity to present the 2013 APSA for Best Performance by an Actress to Zhang Ziyi for her role in Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster) and the Achievement in Cinematography award to Lu Yue for his work on Feng Xiaogang’s Yi Jiu Si Er (Back to 1942). Marking a major international award win for the celebrated actress, Zhang Ziyi was also inducted into the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Academy, a growing body of approximately 660 respected filmmakers from across the region, of which Lu Yue is already a member, having received a nomination in the same category in 2010 for Tangshan Dadizheng (Aftershock).

Zhang Ziyi won the award for her role as martial arts fighter Gong Er in Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi, Hong Kong (PRC), People’s Republic of China). An epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, the film is one of 15 films currently in competition at the Beijing International Film Festival. Already a multi-award winning actress, Zhang Ziyi is best known internationally for her roles in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Oscar® nominated Hero and Memoirs of a Geisha, for which she received a Best Actress Golden Globe® nomination.

One of China’s leading cinematographers and an Oscar® nominee, Lu Yue was present to accept his award for Achievement in Cinematography for Feng Xiaogang’s Back To 1942 (Yi Jiu Si Er).

APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins said, ‘APSA is very proud of its strong relationship with the Chinese film industry and filmmakers and we greatly value the opportunity to hold an event such as this one in China, both as a key part of the Asia Pacific region and as a country whose films are very well represented in competition at APSA each year. We are honoured to be able to present these two extraordinary 2013 APSA winners, Zhang Ziyi and Lu Yue, with their unique winners vessels and it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2014 International Nominations Council and the 2014 APSA Academy film development funds.’

An initiative of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in collaboration with APSA, the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund is once again in 2014 offering four US$25,000 grants to projects to further their stories from treatment stage to final script. Open to submissions from APSA Academy members, the grants will be awarded at the 2014 awards ceremony.

The 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards presented by Treasury Casino & Hotel will be held in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday 11 December 2014 at Brisbane’s spectacular City Hall.

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For more information, please contact

Stephen Jenner
MPA Asia-Pacific
(65) 6253 1033

June Tan
MPA Asia-Pacific
(65) 6253 1033

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