Benoit Ginisty, Chief Representative for FIAPF said ‘For the 10th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, FIAPF wishes to celebrate Iranian cinema which has the highest number of films in competition in APSAs history. This year, FIAPF will honour veteran film producer Manoochehr Mohammadi who has been the voice of the film producers in his country until recently as Chair of the Iranian Film Producers Guild. Acclaimed by Iranian audiences, Mr Mohammadi’s films have also been awarded at international film festivals around the globe.’
Manoochehr Mohammadi said ‘I owe this honorable award to a large number of talented Iranian artists who have helped me throughout the thirty years of my career. I am surprised and give my best regards to FIAPF and Asia Pacific Screen Awards.’
This will be the second Asia Pacific Screen Award for APSA Academy member Mohammadi, whose 2013 film The Painting Pool (Hoze naghashi), starring APSA Academy Member Negar Javaherian, was the recipient of the APSA prestigious 2014 UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of the cultural diversity through the medium of film. Mohammadi is a member of the prestigious APSA Academy, a growing body of over 870 of the region’s most respected filmmakers.