Asia Pacific Screen Awards has announced its nomination list for this year. It includes 4 Indian films. The winners will be honoured in Brisbane on December 12, 2013.
The films include Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, Shilpa Ranade’s Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya and Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man (Singapore, India).
Ritesh Batra earned an APSA Nomination for Best Screenplay for The Lunchbox, which he also directed (India, Germany, France), alongside Asghar Farhadi (Le Passé [The Past]) and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Anisul Hoque (Television).
Rajeev Ravi earned an APSA Nomination for Achievement in Cinematography for Monsoon Shootout, directed by Amit Kumar (India, United Kingdom, Netherlands). Ravi has a distinguished body of work, including shooting Gangs of Wasseypur directed by Anurag Kashyap, which won the 2012 APSA Jury Grand Prize winner in 2012.
Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya (The World of Goopi and Bagha) directed by Shilpa Ranade, a delightful animation feature film produced by Children’s Film Society, India, earned an APSA Best Animated Feature Film Nomination.
Menstrual Man directed by Amit Virmani (Singapore, India) earned an APSA Nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film (feature-length documentary), produced by Amit Virmani and Seah Kui Luan. It is on Muruganantham, a school dropout, who realizes that a majority of Indian women cannot afford sanitary pads, and trains women to make and use them, improving feminine hygiene, as well as creating livelihoods.
Shyam Benegal heads the APSA International Jury, and film curator and critic Meenakshi Shedde was on the APSA Nominations Council 2013 that decided the nominees for Best Feature Film and other categories, for films from 70 countries in Asia. The APSA International Jury also includes Sri Lankan actress Malini Fonseka, Korean director Kim Tae-yong and Hong Kong producer Albert Lee.
To read the complete list of nominations, click here.