MPA joins with APSA for new film fund

First recipients to be named December 2

SYDNEY -- The Motion Picture Association and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards have created a new $100,000 film fund that will provide development funding for features each year from the Asia Pacific region. 

Grants of $25,000 each, will be allocated to the script development of four new film projects. 

Recipients of the MPA-APSA Academy Film Fund money will be members of the APSA Academy, an body of filmmakers comprised of past APSA nominees, winners, Jury and Nominations Council members. 

The inaugural recipients will be selected by a panel of industry experts and announced at the fourth annual APSA ceremony, scheduled to take place in Australia on Queensland’s Gold Coast on December 2, 2010.

The fund is intended to stimulate production in the region, particularly at the development phase, among the 70 countries embraced by APSA, the partners said announcing the Fund at the Shanghai Film Festival on the weekend. 

“The APSAs have developed a strong reputation as the most coveted award in the region and the benefits of winning an award of this calibre are clear. This fund makes participation in the APSAs even more valuable for the professional opportunities it will open up to its Academy members. Our support of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund is emblematic of the MPA’s commitment to promoting and protecting the wonderful work of the filmmakers in this region," president and managing director MPA Asia Pacific Mike Ellis said.  

APSA academy patron Jack Thompson added: “When we formed the APSA Academy in early 2008, the aim was to encourage dialogue and collaboration between the filmmakers of this vast and highly creative region. The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund will provide a very tangible benefit to our Academy members."

Feature films, children’s features, animated features and feature length documentaries with a synopsis or treatment that have a producer, director or screenwriter attached at the time of submission are eligible. 

It envisaged that some films will be collaborations between Academy members but one Academy member attached to each submission is required provided they hold a role as producer, director, screenwriter, actor, or cinematographer on the project. 

Projects will be judged on the same criteria which applies to films in the APSA competition: films that best reflect their cultural origins, demonstrate cinematic excellence and are deemed Asia-Pacific. 

Submissions for the first round of grants from the new fund will open on July 31.
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