Producer/Director Appointed As President Of International Jury, To Be Held On Australia’s Gold Coast
Chinese filmmaker Huang Jianxin (The Black Cannon Incident, Transmigration), fresh off the huge domestic success of his blockbuster The Founding of a Republic, has been appointed President of the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The awards will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast on November 26. One of China’s elite group of “Fifth Generation” filmmakers — alongside juggernauts like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige — Huang has won more than 60 domestic and international awards over the last 20 years and is widely considered one of his country’s most influential producers and directors.
[APSA Chairman Des Power said,] “China’s films are renowned for the way in which they express their culture and their rich and informative history and 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.”
APSA has attracted a record 212 film entries from 43 countries for the 2009 competition, most of which come from China this year. The winners will be determined by the International Jury — made up of Huang Jianxin, Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim — ahead of the final awards ceremony on November 26.
The APSA is a collaboration between CNN International, UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations, and has been established to honor the work of filmmakers across a region encapsulating 70 countries. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and how well they attest to their cultural origins.