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APSA script development: ten years of stirring the pot



Palestinian Annemarie Jacir directed festival favourite Wajid and is now developing All Before You, both supported by the MPA–APSA Academy Film Fund.


It is possible that the most successful film development program run from Australia comes from the Queensland-based Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which provides four grants of US$25,000 per year to filmmakers in the region.

The results are spectacular. In ten years, the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund has supported the development of 44 projects, from Bhutan to Samoa, of which 13 have been completed. That is slightly over one in four, and include the last couple of years, in which at least two are well under way.

The real eye-opener is the success of APSA films on the festival circuit. A Separation by Asgar Fahardi won the 2010 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, which suggested the program had real potential.

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