Brisbane City Council pulls the funding plug on Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Funding for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has been cut following the impact of coronavirus on the Brisbane City Council budget.

The decision to pull funding ends a seven-year run hosting the international film competition which was run by the Brisbane Marketing at a cost of $1.9 million in the 2019-20 budget.

The awards were launched by the state government in 2007 as a major attraction for Brisbane designed to bring hordes of filmmakers to the state.

Development committee chairwoman Krista Adams said the award’s reliance on international travel was behind the decision to drop the event from the 2020-21 budget.

She added that they were looking at ways to keep the film awards open for its 14th year, without the council as its sole funding source.

“It is supported formerly through Brisbane Marketing, it has a board with a chair and they’re working through all those opportunities,” she told the Brisbane Times.

APSA Acadamy president Jack Thompson said he understood the economic reasons behind the decision.

“Discussions are under way about a new home for APSA, so the event can continue to honour and celebrate the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the cast Asia Pacific region, as we have for the last 13 years,” he said.

“It is important that this globally recognised event, which enjoys the partnership of UNESCO, the Motion Picture Association, the European Film Academy and the International Federation of Film Producers among many others, continues to provide a platform to promote cultural understanding and connect our storytellers to audiences and each other.”