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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival comes to an end

Folks, there's a lot to say about Brisbane and the effort it made to present its festivals all the way back to the start in 1992 with a superior content of films from Asia. Sadly it seems its coming to an end as per this announcement which just arrived in my inbox. More later when I get a chance to gather my breath and have a think about the decisions made at Brisbane Marketing and its parent the Brisbane City Council. Comments welcome. Put them on the Facebook posts that I'll link this announcement to or send them to me at filmalert101@gmail.com. If any are received I'll try and cut and paste them into a hopefully coherent commentary.


Dear Geoffrey,

For the past three years, Brisbane Marketing, with the generous support of partners, has delivered BAPFF as a distinctive film festival showcasing remarkable Asia Pacific cinema. BAPFF has been a complementary event to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), with many APSA-nominated and winning films featured as part of the festival program, alongside appearances from the filmmakers.

After careful consideration and engagement with industry and partners, a decision has been taken to discontinue the standalone film festival format of BAPFF and focus on a more accessible, year-round APSA screening program. APSA screenings and events will be held at festivals similar to the recent BrisAsia Festival and in partnership with like-minded events throughout the year. A number of screenings and industry events are also being planned for the ceremony week of APSA, which will take place on 23 November at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.

This step is being undertaken to strengthen APSA as the Asia Pacific region's leading film competition, academy, ceremony and screening program that recognises and promotes the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast region.

We would like to thank you, our partners, patrons, sponsors, volunteers and the passionate BAPFF team for their support of the festival over the past three years and we look forward to seeing you at our APSA screenings and events in 2017 and beyond.

We would like to thank you, our partners, patrons, sponsors, volunteers and the passionate BAPFF team for their support of the festival over the past three years and we look forward to seeing you at our APSA screenings and events in 2017 and beyond.

Details of APSA screenings and events will be available on the APSA website. For the latest news, subscribe to the APSA newsletter and follow APSA on Twitter and Facebook.

Regards,
Brisbane Marketing

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