The announcement was made by the APSA executive chairman Michael Hawkins in Busan today. Benegal, most famous for his parallel classics like Ankur, Mandi, Bhumika and Manthan, has been appointed as the President of the jury which includes Korean screenwriter and director Kim Tae-yong, Queen of Sri Lankan Cinema actress Malini Fonseka, Turkish actor Tamer Levent, Swiss director Christoph Schaub and Hong Kong producer Albert Lee.
Speaking at an Australian Embassy event welcoming Australians to the Busan International Film Festival, Hawkins said he was thrilled to announce such incredible talent for the International Jury tasked with determining this year's APSA winners from an extremely high calibre of nominees.
"It is my absolute pleasure to announce the APSA International Jury from Busan today on behalf of our managing organisation, Brisbane Marketing," he said.
"As India celebrates 100 years of cinema, it is fitting that the International Jury be led by a filmmaker of such gravitas as Shyam Benegal. The important task of determining the winners of the region's highest accolade in film is being undertaken by a truly remarkable group of eminent filmmakers," he said.
The APSA International Jury will meet in Brisbane in the lead-up to the ceremony to view nominees and determine the winners of six award categories.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are managed by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations.