| Izah Azahari |
BRUNEI’S first international feature film, Yasmine, has been gaining attention worldwide. The film which was launched on the local silver screen in August has been officially nominated to compete in the Asian Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in December. The APSA is said to be “Asia Pacific’s highest accolade in film”. It is an international cultural initiative of the Brisbane City Council, Australia to honour and promote films, actors, directors and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region to a global audience and to realise the objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve the respective cultures through the influential medium of film.
APSA takes the works of filmmakers across more than 70 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region to new international audiences.
This year, Yasmine will be representing Brunei Darussalam in the competition.
The categories in APSA are Feature Film, Animated Feature Film, Children’s Feature Film, and Documentary Feature Film.
Winners of the region’s highest accolade in film are determined by an international jury of renowned filmmakers.
Headed by a president of international distinction, the jury will meet on Australia’s Gold Coast in the week prior to the Asian Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony to view the nominated films and determine the winners in each award category.