APSA 2011 International Jury President, Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi announced at the Busan International Film Festival that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated for this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic of China – Mainland China / Hong Kong), Bé Omid É Didar (Goodbye, Islamic Republic of Iran), Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Band Baaja Baaraat (Wedding Planners, India).
A Separation by Asghar Farhadi and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan has each received four APSA nominations. Both films are the Academy Award submission for their respective countries in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for 2012.
A Separation is the first completed project funded by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ MPA APSA Academy Film Fund launched in 2010 and received one of four US$25,000 grants. It also won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix.
Goodbye by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has received three APSA nominations. Rasoulof received the award for Best Director in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Let the Bullets Fly written and directed by Jiang Wen has received two APSA nominations. It is said to be the highest grossing domestic film in history at the Chinese box office.
A total of 240 films were entered into this year’s competition. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on November 24.