Huang Jianxin to head APSA jury

Joined by screenwriter Williamson, Iran's Milani

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HONG KONG -- Huang Jianxin, co-director of currently dominant Chinese movie "The Founding a Republic," will head the international jury for the upcoming Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Huang's jury also includes Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer-director Gina Kim.

The jury members were announced on Thursday by local premier Anna Bligh.

In their third year, the APSAs have attracted a record 212 film entries from 43 countries for the 2009 competition. An announcement of the shortlisted nominees will be made on Monday, with the winners unveiled at a ceremony on Nov 26 on Australia’s Gold Coast.

"In a year when China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, it is timely that a Chinese filmmaker presides over our International Jury," said Des Power, APSA chairman. “Huang Jianxin’s repertoire as a filmmaker is outstanding and we are greatly honored that he has accepted the appointment."

A "fifth generation" director with credits including "Black Cannon Incident" and "Gimme Kudos," Huang is chairman of the Beijing Film Directors Association and co-founder of ambitious new production group We Pictures with Peter Chan.

A star-studded propaganda film co-directed with Han Sanping, "Founding" had grossed RMB330 million ($48 million) as of Sunday since its release on Sept. 16, China Film Group Corp. reported.