ASPA kudo gets double the entries

Organizers receive more than 180 films

Selectors for the sophomore Asia Pacific Screen Awards will have to wade through twice as many candidates as the first kudosfest.

Organizers said they received more than 180 entries from 43 Asia-Pacific territories.

“In just its second year, APSA has been embraced by the burgeoning film industries of Asia-Pacific,” APSA chairman, Des Power said. “The region’s filmmakers welcome the unprecedented opportunity APSA offers to acclaim their work and promote it to an international audience.”

A shortlist of nominations in nine categories will be announced at the end of September. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Queensland’s Gold Coast, in Australia, on Nov. 11.

Entry list includes pics by Aamir Khan (India), Johnnie To (Hong Kong), Majid Majidi (Iran), Ashutosh Gowariker (India), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan), Mai Masri (Lebanon), Ari Folman (Israel), Aditya Assarat (Thailand), Annemarie Jacir (Palestine), Benjamin Gilmour (Australia), Anna Melikyan (Russian Federation) and Vincent Ward (New Zealand.)