Young Chinese Filmmaker Awarded at APSA

Peng Tao, emerging independent filmmaker of China, director of "Little Moth" (2007).

Four script development grants totalling $US100,000 to filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region were announced recently at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The grants are the first to be offered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which is available exclusively to APSA Academy members.

Each of the four awarded filmmakers receives $US25,000 to be allocated to the script development of new feature film projects. Peng Tao (彭韬), an award-winning independent filmamker of China and director of Little Moth (血蝉, 2007) was awarded for his future project Straw Man (稻草人). Chinese Australian director Pauline Chan, one of the judges, said of director Peng:

“I really love that his work is able to depart from the traditional structure of Chinese filmmaking, which we, in the west are quite familiar with. To me he represents a new wave and a new voice in a really refined, restrained culture. He is able to find a traditional angle, a Chinese tradition, but he is able to bring the tradition into a new light so it’s not trapped and it surprises you.”

An international cultural initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia, APSA honours the works of filmmakers across a region covering 70 countries, one third of the earth and half the world’s film output. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

More than 87 submissions from across Asia-Pacific were received for this year’s inaugural MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. Submissions were assessed by an industry panel of three, headed by Ronin Films Managing Director and former APSA International Jury member Andrew Pike. Andrew was joined by Korean producer Hanna Lee, an APSA-Award winning producer for the 2007 Best Feature Film Secret Sunshine (Miryang) and a former APSA Jury member, and Chinese Australian director Pauline Chan, best known for her feature film Traps and director of the new Australian/Chinese co-production Mei Mei, currently in post-production.

For details, visit Asia Pacific Screen Awards official site.

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