Film buffs can enjoy a free taste of the world’s greatest cinematic offerings at GOMA from Sunday.

A selection of nominees from the seventh Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be shown at the Australian Cinematheque in the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from Sunday 1 December.

The public will be able to join Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) International Jury members in viewing the nominee films where the actors and directors will introduce and discuss a selection of films with the audience.

Australia’s Aaron Pedersen, who has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for his role in the Queensland-shot Mystery Road, will introduce his film to the audience on 7 December at 3pm.

Three other films nominated in the Best Feature Film category are on the GOMA schedule – With You, Without You from Sri Lanka, Soshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son) from Japan and Le Passè (The Past) from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

APSA Executive Chairman Michael Hawkins says they are absolutely thrilled to bring APSA films to Brisbane this year through their partnership with GOMA.

“Some of these films including Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii), The Old Man (Shal) and Masquerade have never before been screened in Queensland.”

There are four films nominated from India this year including the Hindi noir thriller directed by Amit Kumar Monsoon Shootout which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is on the GOMA bill.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art Director Chris Saines says it was a perfect fit for the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque to host these screenings of selected APSA nominees.

“Partnering with the Screen Awards reflects our focus on the visual culture of Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and gives Brisbane audiences a chance to see some of the best films emerging from the region,” he says.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the awards were the region’s highest accolade in film, recognising and promoting cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest-growing film region.

Screenings begin on Sunday 1 December with the program concluding 11 December with an event to mark 100 years of Indian cinema featuring a special question and answer session with APSA 2013 International Jury President, acclaimed director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal.

The awards ceremony will be held at City Hall on 12 December.

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