Orgs renew Asia film fund

Motion Picture Assn. Asia Pacifc, Asia Pacific Screen Awards reteam

BEIJING

The Motion Picture Assn. Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Screen Awards unveiled the third MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, an initiative aimed at supporting new films from the region, at a Wednesday reception held at the second Beijing Film Festival.

Ronin Films’ Andrew Pike, Hong Kong helmer Alex Law and Australian producer Melanie Coombs will form the Fund Selection Panel.

The four $25,000 development grants are exclusive to members of the APSA Academy, an influential body of filmmakers comprised of past APSA nominees, winners, jury and nominations council members.

“A common theme for discussion at the festival this week has been the importance of recognizing creative talent and supporting their screen ideas at an early stage,” said Mike Ellis, prexy and managing director of MPA Asia-Pacific. “Our MPA APSA Academy Film Fund does just that — and with remarkable results. Our goal is to continue our commitment to encourage and champion the screen community in this region.”

Funded during the inaugural year of the initiative, Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” won the Oscar for foreign-language film in March.

APSA is a cultural initiative of the Queensland government in Australia, in collaboration with Unesco and the Intl. Federation of Film Producers Assns.

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