Tulpan: Kazakhtan Film Honored at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Nov 11, 2008–The Kazakhtan film, “Tulpan,” received the main feature prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's highest kudos, at a special ceremony Tuesday on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Prizes were handed out to Israel's “Waltz With Bashir” (animated film); South Korea's “63 Years On,” (docu) and Australia's “The Black Balloon” (kid picture).

The Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan won for “Three Monkeys,” Israelis Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis shared the scribe prize for “Lemon Tree” while Korean Lee Mo-gae took the cinematography trophy for “The Good the Bad the Weird.”

Acting award was shared distributed to actress Hiam Abbass for “Lemon Tree” and actor Reza Naji for “The Song of Sparrows.”

The UNESCO award for promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film went to Iran's “Tinar” and the jury grand prize was a tie between China's “The Red Awn” and India's “The Prisoner.”

As announced earlier, Bollywood producer Yash Chopra was honored with the FIAPF Award.

Bruce Beresford, president of the international jury, said, “I was very impressed by the quality and originality of the films, all of them, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being around so many extraordinarily talented filmmakers.”

In all, 32 films representing 17 countries were in competition for the prestigious awards.