212 films submitted for APSA

Awards ceremony to be held on the Gold Coast Nov. 26

HONG KONG -- Some 212 films have been submitted for consideration in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards race.
Organizers say that the record haul includes films from 43 countries and spans 126 feature films, 51 documentaries, 18 animated features and 17 children's films.
Some 50 organizations are now involved in submitting films for the APSAs, with each able to put forward two pictures. Additionally the APSA nominations committee can invite others from the 70 countries defines by UNESCO as comprising the Asia-Pacific region.
The long list includes Kinatay ("Butchered") representing The Philippines, "Amreeka" ("America") from the Palestinian Territories, "The Strength of Water" from New Zealand, "Koprudekiler" ("Men on the Bridge") from Turkey, "Ajami" from Israel, "Sama Wozu" ("Summer Wars") from Japan and "No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti" ("Can't Live Without You") from Taiwan, while Malaysia submitted "Talentime" to honor filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad who died in July.
From the 212 submissions the committee will select nominees in nine categories, with the shortlist announced in early October. Eventual winners in the nine categories, plus up to three special awards for outstanding achievement, will be presented at the third APSA ceremony on Australia's Gold Coast on Nov 26.
"The number and caliber of entries in our third year is confirmation that APSA has been embraced by the film practitioner's of Asia-Pacific. We needed an award for the region's filmmakers, to acclaim their work and take it to a global audience," said Des Power, APSA chairman.