Four critically acclaimed Indian films -- Dev D, A Wednesday, Tahaan and Mumbai Meri Jaan -- have been nominated in different categories for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced Nov 26.
Anurag Kashyap is nominated in the best director category for his take on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Devdas in Dev D; Santosh Sivan's Tahaan is nominated in the Best Children's Film: Shripal Morakhia and Mubina Rattonsey category; Naseeruddin Shah is nominated for the best actor award for his performance in A Wednesday; and Yogesh Vinayak Joshi and Upendra Sidhaye are nominated for their screenplay for Mumbai Meri Jaan.
Malini Fonseka gets a nomination in best actress category for Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) - a Sri Lanka and India co-production.
Feroz Abbas Khan, director of Gandhi, My Father, is one of the jury members.
Winners will be announced Nov 26 at the third annual APSA Ceremony on Australia's Gold Coast.
The Asia Pacific Screen awards has announced nominees in nine award categories with 37 films from 16 countries -- Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, China, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey.
"Nominees were determined from a record number of 212 entries from 43 countries," said APSA Chairman Des Power in a statement.
APSA is a collaboration between CNN International, Unesco and FIAPF International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.
Japan is strongly represented in 2009 with a total of seven nominations followed by China with six. Iran, Russia and South Korea have received five nominations while India has four.
Countries nominated in the APSAs for the first time this year are Thailand, Cambodia and Palestine.
Best Feature Film
Darbareye Elly (About Elly) - Iran
Nanjing! Nanjing! (City Of Life And Death) - China
Mei Lanfang (Forever Enthralled) - China
Samson & Delilah - Australia
The Time That Remains - Palestine/France/Italy/Belgium/Britain
Best Animated Feature Film
Perviy Otryad (First Squad: The Moment Of Truth) - Russia/Japan/Canada
Mary and Max - Australia
Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers) - Japan
Sam? W?zu (Summer Wars) - Japan
Pro Fedota-Streltsa, Udalogo Molodtsa (The Tale Of Soldier Fedot, The Daring Fellow),
Best Documentary Feature Film
Polamuang Juling (Citizen Juling) - Thailand
Hashmatsa (Defamation) - Israel /Austria /Denmark /US
Gandhi's Children - Australia
L'important, C'est De Rester Vivant (The Main Thing Is To Stay Alive) - Cambodia/ France
Seishin (Mental) - Japan/US
Best Children's Feature Film
Mommo - Kizkardesim (The Bogeyman) - Turkey
Ye Haeng Ja (A Brand New Life) - South Korea/France
3 Doa 3 Cinta (Pesantren: 3 Wishes 3 Loves) - Indonesia
The Strength Of Water - New Zealand/Germany
Tahaan - India
Achievement in directing
Asghar Farhadi for Darbareye Elly - Iran
Vimukthi Jayasundara for Ahasin Wetei - Sri Lanka/France
Lu Chuan for Nanjing! Nanjing! - China
Anurag Kashyap for Dev D - India
Sion Sono for Ai No Mukidashi - Japan
Asghar Farhadi for Darbareye Elly - Iran
Kundo Koyama for Okuribito - Japan
Baek Seung-bin for Jang-rye-sik-ui Member - South Korea
Bong Joon-ho and Park Eun-kyo for Madeo - South Korea
Yogesh Vinayak Joshi and Upendra Sidhaye for Mumbai Meri Jaan - India
Achievement in Cinematography
Uruphong Raksasad for Sawan Baan Na - Thailand
Cao Yu for Nanjing! Nanjing! - China
Ali Mohammad Ghasemi for Cheraghi Dar Meh - Iran
Alisher Khamidhodjaev and Maxim Drozdov for Bumaznyj Soldat - Russia
Alexei Arsentiev for Volchok - Russian
Best Performance by actress
Golshifteh Farahani for Darbareye Elly - Iran
Zhou Xun for Li Mi De Caixiang - China
Malini Fonseka for Akasa Kusum - Sri Lanka/India
Kim Hye-ja for Madeo - South Korea
Yana Troyanova for Volchok - Russia
Best Performance by actor
Masahiro Motoki for Okuribito - Japan
Naseeruddin Shah for A Wednesday - India
Mohamed Bakri for Eid Mila Laila - Palestinie/Tunisia /Netherlands
Yang Ik-june for Ddongpari - South Korea
Ge You for Fei Cheng Wu Rao - China