World cinema just got a little bit glitzier. On Nov. 13, the first ever Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be handed out in a ceremony on Australia's Gold Coast, honoring the best movies from that region in nine Oscar-style categories.

The new organization is a collaboration between UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), CNN International, and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. There are 71 countries in the "Asia Pacific" region; this handy map shows you which ones they are. It's basically everything east of Turkey and west of Hawaii.

Countries were encouraged to submit up to four feature films for consideration. A committee came up with the nominees from those submissions, and another jury will decide the winners. Eight of the categories are typical (directing, cinematography, screenplay, etc.), plus one for Best Children's Feature Film, which I think is a cool idea.

The top nominees are Caramel (Lebanon), Night Bus (Iran), Takva: A Man's Fear of God (Turkey), and Secret Sunshine (South Korea), each with three nominations including Best Feature Film. The fifth Best Feature nominee is Opera Jawa (Indonesia), its only nomination. (Caramel, Secret Sunshine, and Takva were also their countries' submissions for the foreign film category at next year's Oscars.)

A total of 34 films from 19 countries were nominated. A complete list of this year's nominees is here. The awards ceremony will be shown on CNN International on Nov. 17. Start your office betting pools now!
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