Two red carpets entice films from the Asia Pacific to Australia

Australia has not one but two awards systems to judge films from the Asia-Pacific region, from both APSA and AACTA. How do they line up?

The Asia-Pacific Screen Awards with its associated Academy of nominees has been running for thirteen years. Various forces in Queensland, led by journalist and political web-spinner Des Power, have combined to keep it alive and grow the Asia Pacific Screen Forum around it. This year it runs to four days with the awards ceremony at the climax on Thursday November 21.

Unfortunately for its national impact, the privilege of buzzing around filmmakers from all over the region works best for Brisbane filmmakers – great for them but with limited national impact.

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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.