Yokwe Bartowe named as Official Selection for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia

The Marshallese full-length feature film YOKWE BARTOWE has been named as an Official Selection for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards which takes place in December on the Gold Coast of Australia.  Along with other Marshall Islanders, the film stars over a dozen Bikinian people in roles that involve acting, singing and dancing.  Yokwe Bartowe is only the third feature film ever made in the Marshall Islands.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) acclaims, at a global level, the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia-Pacific region. The region’s highest accolade in film, APSA is the only awards program in the world to link to a globally broadcast documentary series.

Established in 2007, APSA is an international cultural initiative of the Queensland State Government, Australia, through Queensland Events Corporation Pty Ltd. It brings together, in a unique collaboration, Atlanta-based CNN International, and Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

The initiative honours the works of filmmakers across a vast region stretching from Egypt in the west to the Cook Islands in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south. In total, an area representing four billion people; 60 percent of the global population; 70 countries and areas; one third of the earth; and half the world’s film output.

YOKWE BARTOWE will be having its U.S. debut next week at the Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii on Friday, May 14, at 7:30 at The Shops at Mauna Lani Resort.  Admission is free.

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~ by bikinijack on May 6, 2010.

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