Filmmakers from India, China and Korea have joined jury president Bruce Beresford for the judging of next month's Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs).

Included is one of India's most highly regarded filmmaking veterans, actor and director Aparna Sen (Mr And Mrs Iyer). The chief creative officer responsible for commissioning Bengali films at production house Saregama India, has just finished filming on The Japanese Wife.

Also on board is Chinese director and a professor of the Beijing Film Academy, Zheng Dongtian, whose nine feature films include Bittersweet In Taiwan, and Hanna Lee, the producer of Secret Sunshine, the Korean film that won best feature at last year's inaugural APSAs.

The fifth jury member is US-based producer Richard Luke Rothschild, who has worked with Beresford several times, including 25 years ago as his first assistant director on Tender Mercies and ten years ago as co-producer on Double Jeopardy. He was also co-producer on Romy & Michele's High School Reunion and The Truman Show.

The award winners will be announced on Queensland's Gold Coast, in Australia, on November 11, the evening before the annual conference of the Screen Producers Association of Australia gets underway. The jury will have spent the five days prior deliberating on the field of 33 films from 17 countries

Beresford is currently locking off his latest film, Mao's Last Dancer, which was filmed across three continents. The most celebrated of his many films are the iconic Australian picture Breaker Morant and the US film Driving Miss Daisy, which won four Academy Awards, including best picture.