FILM AWARDS PUT BRISBANE ON THE BIG SCREEN
16 December 2014,
LORD Mayor Graham Quirk says Brisbane is forging ahead as a leading destination in the Asia Pacific region, following success at the recent Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
More than 1000 people attended the Brisbane event which recognises and promotes cinematic excellence in one of the fastest-growing film regions.
Quirk says Brisbane City Council is working to ensure major event organisers are looking to Brisbane as a destination to host events.
"The Asia Pacific Screen Awards were again a success - it is a celebration of the growing film industry in the Asia Pacific region," he says.
"Some of the nominees from this event last year went on to become academy award winners so it does indicate the level and status of these award ceremonies.
"It is an event which reaches out to 4.5 billion people - its 70 nations representing more than half of the worlds film production.
"The important thing about it is it further develops relationships and places Brisbane in a position of prominence within the Asia Pacific region."
Quirk says the event is acknowledged by the Motion Picture Association as the "preeminent" awards in the Asia Pacific and described the event as the "Oscars of the Asia Pacific region".
"The city is very focused on the region in which we live," he says.
"We have always nailed our colours to the mast and have unashamedly placed the Asia Pacific region at the forefront of what we do."
36 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries and areas received nominations with more than 250 films in the running for awards.
New Zealand's Cliff Curtis took home the Best Performance by an Actor award for The Dark Horse while iconic Australian actor David Gulpilil received a special mention for Charlies Country.
Russian film Leviathan took home the top gong, winning Best Feature Film.
In addition to being the home for the Screen Awards, Brisbane is the secretary for the Asia Pacific Citys Summit and will also host the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Modern Art in 2015.
Picture (L-R) - Actor Cliff Curtis, Jury member and actress/writer/director Hiam Abbass, Actor David Gulpilil.
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