The World Premieres Film Festival which was recently launched by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) held its Awards Night at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage last July 2.
The Philippine entry “Mula sa Kung ano Ang Noon” directed by Lav Diaz was awarded the Grand Festival Prize while Ecuador’s “Mono con Gallinas” or Open Wounds, directed by Alfredo León León, won the Grand Jury Prize.
“Mula sa Kung ano Ang Noon” also bagged the festival’s award for Best Ensemble Performance.
“Mono con Gallinas” also won the Technical Grand Prize and Best Performance by an Actor for its lead René Pástor. Director Alfredo León León, present to accept all three awards, expressed hope that the film festival would be a platform for Latin American cinema to be shown in Asia.
Other winners were:
–Iran’s Mitra Hajjar as best actress for Romantic Nostalgia
–Vicente Pérez Herrero for Best Cinematography for Crustacean
–Coast of Death by Lois Patiño for the Cine Verde Award for Best Environmental Feature
Also attending the red carpet awards night were Filipino directors Joel Lamangan, Gil Portes, Tikoy Aguiluz, and other film luminaries and celebritites.
The World Premieres Film Festival was held from July 2 to 8 in SM Cinemas. The FDCP project was in cooperation with the Philippine Daily Inquirer and SM Cinema.
The first-ever World Premieres Film Festival exhibited some forty festival films from twenty seven countries. The main competition featured films from Brazil, Ecuador, Iran, Spain, Turkey, and the Philippines.
Other sections in the festival were the Euroview Section featuring films from European countries, the Ibero-America Section featuring films from Latin states, and the ASEAN Skies Section featuring films from ASEAN member states.
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