As YSIA reported before, Yakutia’s Bonfire has been shortlisted by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the UNESCO-sponsored APSA Cultural Diversity Award. Awards will be held today, on 24 November 2016, in Brisbane (Australia), and the filmmaker Dmitri Davydov has already come there.
The Bonfire’s director Dmitry Davydov, who works as headmaster in Chapchylgan secondary school in Amga district (Yakutia, Russia), has already come to Brisbane Asian Pacific Film Festival, as his film was shortlisted by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the UNESCO-sponsored APSA Cultural Diversity Award.
The Bonfire is the first feature from Yakut filmmaker, a compelling drama between two families shot in the remote Yakutia (Russia), 450 kms south of the Arctic Circle, where unemployment and boredom take a terrible toll.
“Asia Pacific Screen Awards is called Asian Oscar. Bonfire was selected among 300 feature films and was nominated in APSA Cultural Diversity Award. I guess it will be very competitive as three films from 5 were screened in Busan, and one of them, Knife in the Clear Water, got a main prize. But it’s so prestigous!”, – Bonfire’s producer Sardana Savvina highlighted before.
Let us remind that Bonfire (Russia, Yakutia) has a rather intense festival background. It was included into the Flash Forward program of 21st Busan International Film Festival (6-15 October 2016), where it competed with 35 films. Bonfire is also the winner for Best Dramatic Feature of 17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (19-23 October 2016).
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is the region’s highest accolade in film and recognises and promotes cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, responsible for half of the world’s film output.
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