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David Puttnam to Head All Star Jury at 10th APSA Awards

The U.K.’s Lord David Puttnam will head the jury at the 10th edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

For the anniversary, other members of the jury are all former jury heads and include Busan festival chairman Kim Dong-ho, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, Australian producer Jan Chapman and Indian director Shyam Benegal.

The announcement was made Friday in Seoul, by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councilor Graham Quirk.

The jury decides the winners of the APSA feature narrative achievements: best feature film, achievement in directing, and cinematography, best screenplay, best performance by an actor and actress, and the prestigious APSA presented in partnership with UNESCO for excellence in cultural expression through film. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday Nov. 24, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

“In this milestone tenth year, it is fitting to assemble this ‘Jury of Juries’ of five former APSA International Jury Presidents. They have all played an important role in the development and evolution of APSA, and we are honored to see them return,” he said.

“The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is an extraordinary initiative,” said Puttnam in a prepared statement. “As world events continue to challenge our search for greater understanding and tolerance, it remains important that our filmmakers reflect their experiences, share their lives and stories, and promote understanding through their craft. In bringing these films together, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards provides a profound reminder of what unites us all.”

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