Two Indian films are among the many films from the Asia-Pacific region that will take part in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
The young director Anmol Sidhu Jaggi is in the running for the prize for best children’s film. It tells the story of a young schoolboy in rural Punjab and is one of an array of nominations that portray Asia-Pacific narratives for the coming-of-age genre.
The second Indian film nomination is in the Best Documentary Film category. everything that breathes, directed by Shaunak Sen, is a documentary about two brothers in New Delhi on a mission to save the city’s black kites.
Alongside these nominees, another Indian representation is well-known Indian producer Guneet Monga, who has been announced as a member of the international jury.
Known for producing films such as Wasseypur Gangs and lunch box, Monga heads the committee that determines the winners for Best Picture, Director, Performance, Cinematography, Screenplay and awards the Grand Jury Prize.
In his 15e iteration this year, APSA continues to serve as a prestigious celebration of world cinema with 78 countries and regions from across the region featured throughout the history of the awards.
Since APSA was first organized in 2007, Indian films have been strong contenders every year with several wins in various categories.
APSA’s most recent win for India was in 2019, with Manoj Bajpayee winning Best Performance by an Actor for his role in Bhonsle.
Hence, India created its own record with Best Performance by an Actor award given to Indian actors in previous 3 years. These awards were received by Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Manto in 2018, Rajkumar Rao for Newton in 2017 and Bajpayee’s first prize for Aligarh in 2016.
Other notable recognitions for Indian cinema at APSA include Wasseypur Gangs (2012) and The lunch box (2013) both receiving the Grand Jury Prize in their respective years.
This year’s APSA nominees have already made an impact on the region as 19 of the 26 films are composed by first- or second-time directors, hinting at a future of incredible filmmakers who have yet to show it all. their potential.
Among other nominations from South Asia, a Pakistani film is one of two winners already announced.
The first feature film by filmmaker Saim Sadiq joyland (Pakistan) is this recipient of the Young Cinema Award, an award presented in partnership with NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) and Griffith Film School (GFS), which recognizes the abundance of emerging talent from Asia-Pacific
The APSA ceremony will be held on Friday November 11 at the House of Arts (HOTA) on Australia’s Gold Coast.
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