They say there’s always a first time for everything. Last Thursday night I attended my first Brisbane Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) at City Hall in Brisbane.
In the awards nine years of running, the accolades have shone the spotlight on the film industry and it’s talents that make it up from across a number of Asia Pacific countries including Thailand, Russian Federation, Turkey, People’s Republic of China, Japan, Palestine, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.
The night got started with some of the biggest names in film nominated from these countries on the red carpet in King George Square outside of City Hall. I went along to take some photos and was really impressed with the great red carpet set up to welcome most of the foreign talent to our city.
Wearing Carla Zampati and holding a Louis Vutton clutch
The beautiful Sally from @Steelemystyle
Shide Nyima Best Actor Nominee, People’s Republic of China
Noni Buencamino and Shamaine Buencamino nominee for Best Performance by an Actress.
Presenters Anthony Chen (Singapore) and Sofie Formica (Australia).
From Republic of Korea Jung Jaeyong (Right Now, Wrong Then) Best Performance by an Actor and Lee Yeong-lan (End of Winter) Best Performance by an Actress.
Check out my interview with Lee Young-Ian below:
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners:
- Best Feature Film – Cemetery of Splendour (Rak ti Khon Kaen, Thailand, Malaysia, France, Germany, United Kingdom)
- APSA UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film – Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad for The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer, Palestine, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Netherlands).
- APSA UNESCO Award Special Mention – Stephen Page for Spear (Australia).
- Achievement in Directing – Russian director Alexey German Jr for Under Electric Clouds (Pod elektricheskimi oblakami, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Poland)
- Best Performance by an Actor – Korean superstar Jung Jaeyoung for his role in Right Now, Wrong Then(Jigeumeun Matgo Geuttaeneun Teullida, Republic of Korea) by Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo.
- Best Performance by an Actress – Kirin Kiki, one of the most influential actresses in Japan, for An (Japan, France, Germany)
- Best Performance by an Actress special mention – Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya for her performance in Avalanche (Bahman, Islamic Republic of Iran).
- Achievement in Cinematography – Mark Lee Ping-bing for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin(Nie Yinniang, Taiwan)
- Special Mention for Achievement in Cinematography – Lu Songye for Tharlo (People’s Republic of China).
- Best Screenplay – writer/director Senem Tüzen for Motherland(Ana Yurdu, Turkey, Greece).
- Jury Grand Prizes for 2015 – Park Jungbum for writing/directing/acting in Alive (Sanda, Republic of Korea) and Emin Alper for writing and directing Frenzy (Abluka, Turkey, Qatar, France)
- Best Youth Feature Film – River (Gtsngbo, People’s Republic of China), produced by Sangye and Alexandra Sun, co-produced by Pema Tseden and Du Qingchun
- Best Documentary Feature Film – The Chinese Mayor (Datong, People’s Republic of China), produced by Zhao Qi.
- Best Animated Feature Film – Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai, Japan), produced by Keiko Matsushita and Asako Nishikawa
- Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific region – Egyptian screen icon Esaad Younis.
- APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize – Director Mirlan Abdykalykov for his debut feature film Heavenly Nomadic (Sutak) from Kyrgyzstan.
Behind the scenes of the awards, I had fun spending time with some new photographers I met. I also had the chance to meet the Korean nominated stars and congratulate two of the country’s successful winners Jung Jaeyoung (Right Now, Wrong Then) Best Performance by an Actor from Republic of Korea and Park Jungbum (Alive, Republic of Korea) nominee for Best Feature Film.
So proud of Korea to of Jung Jaeyong (Right Now, Wrong Then) to win the Best Performance by an Actor category. I caught up with him after the awards.
The beautiful Reena Augustine from Moments Photography and I on the red carpet.
Thanks also to Reena below for the photo taken of Kim Dong-ho, the 2015 APSA International Jury President and Busan International Film Festival Director and I during the awards.