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Georgian cinematographers earn 4 awards at the Asian Oscars
24 November, 2017
The award ceremony Australian Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) was held in Brisbane, Australia. Nominees from 70 countries have been selected for the award ceremony. In spite of the high level competition, Georgia has received 4 prizes from the total 15 prizes, Georgian National Film Center reports.

Young Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s debut feature Scary Mother earned the filmmaker the Jury Grand Prize of the 11th edition of the event. Scary Mother is a Georgian film selected for Oscars, which has
already received a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and the main award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

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Filmmaker Ana Urushadze with the Grand Jury Prize for Scary Mother
Photo: Asia Pacific Screen Awards



The judges also singled out famous Georgian actress Nata Murvanidze’s appearance in the film as Best Performance. Nata Murvanidze was awarded as the best actress for the lead role in the film Scary Mother.
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Nata Murvanidze's appearance in Scary Mother was named Best Performance by an Actress at the Awards
Photo: Asia Pacific Screen Awards



Rounding up the success of the Georgian selection for the Awards, Mariam Khatchvani’s feature Dede was bestowed with the Cultural Diversity Award, a prize granted under the patronage of UNESCO.
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Director Mariam Khatchvani with the Cultural Diversity Award for Dede
Photo: Asia Pacific Screen Awards



Meanwhile, the Georgian production company 20 Steps Productions has received a cash prize of MPA Apsa Academy Film Fund for the development of the project of the film Nene. The film will be shot by Mariam Khachvani and its producer will be Vladimer Kacharava.
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The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative of the Brisbane City Council, Australia, to honor and promote the films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region to a global audience and to realize the objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve the respective cultures through the influential medium of film.

Staged for the first time in 2007, APSA collaborates with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Winners are determined by an international jury and films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which is attended by thousands of guests every year, is called Asian Oscars as long as it is quite significant and large-scaled ceremony.

Last year's awards saw Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze's award-winning film House of Others nominated for the Achievement in Cinematography prize.

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