APSA script development: ten years of stirring the pot

Successful – yes. Best in class – depends on your criteria. But the program is ambitious, covers a huge range of cultures, and is available to Australians as well. Entries close on October 22.

It is possible that the most successful film development program run from Australia comes from the Queensland-based Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which provides four grants of US$25,000 per year to filmmakers in the region. 

The results are spectacular. In ten years, the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund has supported the development of 44 projects, from Bhutan to Samoa, of which 13 have been completed. That is slightly over one in four, and include the last couple of years, in which at least two are well under way.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.