Puttnam to head APSA jury

Producer of 'The Mission,' 'Chariots of Fire' to lead group

SYDNEY -- Veteran British film producer Lord David Puttnam will be jury president for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards in December this year, organizers said Monday.

APSA chairman Des Power said: "I am honored to welcome Lord Puttnam to preside over this year’s jury and have no doubt that his commitment to the ideals of APSA and extensive experience as a producer will make a valuable contribution to this year’s awards. I know his appointment will be extremely well received.."

Confirming the appointment Puttnam added, “I have watched APSA go from strength to strength since its inception in 2007 and admire the contribution it has made to the promotion of Asia-Pacific films both in their own region and internationally. It is a great honor to
accept the role of international jury president."

Puttnam’s body of work spans more than 30 years as an independent producer and includes Palme d’Or winner “The Mission” (1986) and the 1981’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, “Chariots of Fire," along with the more recent British documentary “We are The People We’ve Been Waiting For” on the British education system.

Puttnam has been a working member of the British parliament in the House of Lords since 1997 and now focuses primarily on political and policy work in relation to education, the creative industries and climate change.

The APSAs will be held on December 2 on Queensland’s Gold Coast, honoring films and filmmakers from 70 eligible countries across the region.