The first ever Cine Filipino Indie Film Festival held its awards night at Resorts World Manila on September 22, Sunday night. The surprise of the night was the “upset” of Nora Aunor by a 13-year-old newcomer.
The list of winners is as follows:
Best film: Mes de Guzman’s “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” and Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita”
Best director: Mes De Guzman (Mabuti)
Best screenplay: Mes de Guzman (Mabuti)
Best actor: Karl Medina (The Guerilla is a Poet)
Medina is the son of award-winning actor Pen Medina and the brother of acclaimed actors Ping, Alex and Victor Medina. .
Best actress: Teri Malvar (Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita)
Malvar portrays a young lesbian in the throes of first love in “Anita”
Best supporting actress: Angel Aquino (Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita)
Best supporting actor: Bong Cabrera (The Guerilla is a Poet)
Best ensemble acting: Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita
Best cinematography: Robert Yñiguez (Puti)
Best editing: Keith Sicat and Kiri Dalena (The Guerilla is a Poet)
Best production design: Rious Caliso (Puti)
Best musical score: Datu Arellano (The Guerilla is a Poet)
Best sound: Mark Laccay (Puti)
Among the jurors are Filipino filmmakers Jose Javier Reyes and Chris Martinez and actor Cherry Pie Picache; foreign critics Roger Garcia, Stephen Cremin and Max Tessier; and TV5 president Noel Lorenzana.
Here are the capsule synopsis for the award-winning films:
Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita
Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Stars: Angel Aquino, Teri Malvar, Marcus Madrigal, Star Orjaliza, Gigi Columna, Sarah Pagcaliwagan, Lui Manansala
Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita tells the story of a 12-year old Anita who falls in love with the new woman in town; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.
Director: Miguel “Mike” Alcazaren
Stars: Ian Veneracion, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Lauren Young
Puti follows the story of a counterfeit painter who figures in a freak car accident that rendered him color blind. While recuperating, he starts seeing strange images. The film has the tagline “The truth is color blind.”
The Guerilla Is A Poet
Co-directors: Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena
Stars: Karl Medina, Angeli Bayani, Jao Mapa, Raymond Bagatsing, Anthony Falcon, Chanel Latorre, and Willie Nepomuceno
This biopic weaves an intricate tale of Joma Sison’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet. Joma Sison is the writer and activist who reorganized the Communist Party of the Philippines. He is now living in self-exile in the Netherlands.
Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti
Director: Mes de Guzman
Stars: Nora Aunor, Sue Prado, Mara Lopez, Arnold Reyes, and the late Ama Quiambao
Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti tells the story of a healer named Mabuti, played by Nora Aunor, who despite her poverty, still looks at life positively. Everything changes, however, when she finds a bag containing a huge stash of money.
The CineFilipino Film Festival was held from Sept. 18 to 24 at the Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Gateway Cineplex.
CineFilipino is a project of the PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 (film arm of TV5) and Unitel Entertainment.
Eight feature-length filmmakers were given a grant of P1.5 million each to produce their films. The four other films were:
Mga Alaala sa Tagulan
Director: Renato “Ato” Bautista
Stars: Akihiro Blanco, Mocha Uson, Mon Confiado and Issa Litton
Director: Janice Perez
Stars: Kitchie Nadal, Janelle Jamer
Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin
Director: Randolph Longjas
Stars: Tuesday Vargas, Julia Clarete, Cai Cortez, JM de Guzman, Travis Kraft
Director: Byron “Ron” Bryant
Stars: Eula Valdes, Max Eigenmann, Charee Pineda, Mercedes Cabral, Hazel Orencio, Liza Diño
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