How did Asia-Pacific Screen Award Nomination Council Members from Six Nations Determine Final Nominees for this Evening’s Awards Ceremony? Cisco TelePresence!
What was your favourite film to come out of the Asia Pacific region this year?
Perhaps you could ask one of the six members of the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) Nominations Council. The APSA Nominations Council is comprised of international film industry experts drawn from high profile academic institutions, film festivals and film organisations across the region.
With members from Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Hawaii who joined the Chair of the Council from the Republic of Korea, how was the APSA going to be able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and manage the logistics of meeting in increasingly busy times?
To address this, for the first time in the history of the awards, the Nominations Council met virtually over Cisco TelePresence. The high definition video, spatial, audio and specially designed meeting rooms enabled council members to communicate as naturally and effectively as they would in person.
The chair of the committee, Professor Hong-Joon Kim, admittedly described the first few moments of their TelePresence meeting as “a little awkward” but soon after the benefits of the solution were unmistakable. The Hawaiian member of the panel, Jeanette Hereniko was also full of praise for the Cisco technology, commenting, “What happens is that you become much more efficient in the deliberations. I found that I was more business-like, more concise, more articulate and to the point.”
This year the Nominations Council were tasked with considering a total of 240 films from 43 countries, including first-time submissions from Samoa as well as from the Mediterranean Island nation of Cyprus, owing to the awards’ truly world-wide credentials.
Nominees in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards were announced on October 11 and include Australian film Red Dog as a nominee for Best Children’s Film. Winners will be announced at the annual APSA Ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast this evening, November 24, 2011.
The 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony will be webcast live through: