ASPA Reveals Forum Events on Screen, Netflix Joins as Major Sponsor

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy previewed November’s Asia Pacific Screen Forum schedule, while Netflix has decided to sponsor the event and accompanying awards.

Registration is now open for the forum, which will feature APSA Palme d’Or and Best Film winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul; APSA FIAPF award-winning producer Soros Sukhum; a conversation with Jeremy Chua; a Meet the Programmers session; and personalized networking opportunities.

Weerasethakul and Sukhum will discuss their first collaboration – the 2021 Cannes Jury Prize winner Memory, with Tilda Swinton. Sukhum was previously honored by FIAPF at APSA 2020 for his contribution to Asia-Pacific cinema.

Chua recently produced Abdullaah Mohammad Saad Rehana Maryam Nour, the first Bangladeshi film selected in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, and is developing projects throughout the region. The film will have a special screening on the Gold Coast for local audiences, where global audiences can view past work by Chua, including K. Rajagopal A yellow bird, now available on Netflix.

Soros Sukhum.

Asia Pacific Screen Academy President Tracey Vieira said the APSA Forum will provide unprecedented access to some of Asia Pacific’s most innovative filmmakers.

“We’re thrilled to feature a conversation with Singaporean producer Jeremy Chua, who has an incredibly nimble approach to funding,” she said.

“It’s also exciting to be able to hear from acclaimed filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and producer Soros Sukhum.”

Netflix has become one of the main sponsors of the forum and is supporting the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, joining the Gold Coast City Council, Screen Queensland, the Griffith Film School and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), as well as founding partners of the UNESCO and FIAPF.

Debra Richards, Netflix Director, APAC Studio and Production Affairs, said it was time for the streamer to partner with ASPA.

“APAC is such an exciting part of the world for Netflix, and we’re incredibly proud of the growing list of local language movies and series we’re making with amazing creators across Asia Pacific,” he said. she declared.

“As a region, it is also the fastest growing region in the world for Netflix subscriptions, so now is the perfect time for us to partner with ASPA to celebrate and inspire the storytellers of the entire APAC region.”

The 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Forum will be held from November 11-16 on the Gold Coast, and the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be held on November 11.

Find more information here.

Jennifer C. Burleigh