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New Zealand Receives Nominations for Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The New Zealand films Boy and Home by Christmas and the Australian films Bran Nue Dae and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole have received nominations in the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film.

Australian actor Tony Barry has been nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor category for his role in Home by Christmas, directed by Gaylene Preston.

Both Boy and Bran Nue Dae have been nominated for Best Children’s Feature Film, which is open to films suitable for a young audience up to the age of 16 or are films that reveal the world through the perspective of a child character.

Winners in the fourth annual APSAs will be determined by an International Jury headed by Academy Award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam and announced at a Ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast on December 2.  These awards, an initiative of the Queensland Government in unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – acclaim films from 70 countries and areas and half the world’s film output.  Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins. 

A total of 239 films were entered in the competition by Official Submitting Organisations from the region and by invitation from the APSA Nominations Council and APSA Chairman. 

For more information and for live screening of the awards ceremony see the APSA website.

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