The Philippines won five awards during the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) last Saturday, April 11, at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching, Malaysia.
Film Academy of the Philippines Director-General Leo G. Martinez was invited and attended the three-day festival which began last Thursday, April 9.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
Best Film: Terbaik Dari Langit – Malaysia
Best Director: Joseph Laban – Nuwebe (Termitaria) – Philippines
Best Actor: Bront Palarae – Terbaik Dari Langit – Malaysia
Best Actress: Cherie Gil – Sonata – Philippines
Best Supporting Actor: Sok Sothun – The Last Reel – Cambodia
Best Supporting Actress: Nadiah Wahid – Yasmine – Brunei
Best Screenplay: Ben Sihombing – Soekarno – Indonesia
Best Photography: Dang Xuan Truong – Inseminator – Vietnam
Best Editing: Benjamin Tolentino – Bendor – Philippines
Special Jury Award – The Lion Men (Singapore) and Pee Mak (Thailand)
ASEAN Spirit Award – Purok 7 (Philippines)
ASEAN Inspiration Award – Jackie Chan
Lifetime Achievement Award—Nora Aunor of the Philippines.
Best Actress winner Cherie Gilthanked her directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes. She dedicated her trophy to her brother actor Mark Gil who passed away recently.
Cherie Gil bested the other best actress nominees which also included three Filipinas, namely, Vivian Velez (Bendor), Barbara Miguel (Nuwebe) and Krystle Valentino (Purok 7). The other nominee was Indonesian actress Prisia (Sekola Rimba).
In accepting the AIFFA Lifetime Achievement Award, Nora Aunor called upon her country’s government to lend the film industry more support. “We make many films,” she said during the press conference later. “It would be great if the government would recognize these efforts and support us so we can make great films.”
Other Filipinos who vied for awards as nominees wer: Allen Dizon (Magkakaubang) for Best Actor, Nico Antonio (Red) for Best Supporting Actor, Bernard Dacanay (Red and Sonata) for Best Photography, and Ralston Jover (Bendor) and Wanggo Gallaga (Sonata) for Best Screenplay.
The AIFFA 2015 awards night was a glitzy affair.
On the red carpet were celebrities and other film industry personalities from 10 countries, including movie star Jackie Chan and Malaysian-born international actress Michelle Yeoh.
The crowd went wild when Jackie Chan presented singer Dasha Logan with a flower. There was some friendly banter between him and Michelle Yeoh about making a movie they’ve been talking about for 30 years.
There was classy entertainment from Miss World Talent Winner Dewi Liana Seriestha, Filipino 2015 best actor Piolo Pascual, Indonesian singer Emilia Contessa, Thai international artiste Tata Young, Malaysian Anuar Zain, and latest K-Pop sensation Nolza.
The ASEAN International Film Festival And Awards (AIFFA) is a premier film festival, which made its debut in 2013.
Held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, the biennial film festival celebrates the best of films around the ASEAN region. AIFFA 2013 saw more than 200 international personalities including Hollywood and Bollywood producers and directors,
AIFFA 2015 began with the Tribal Welcome Nite, the unique Movies In The Rainforest (a 12 hour movie marathon screened at the Sarawak Cultural Village), an enterprising ASEAN Film Mart for Business to Business networking and seminars for those who want to know more about the latest in film technology.
The three day event culminates in the glamorous Gala Nite finale where international filmmakers gather to witness the best of the best film productions
in the region. The films are judged by an ASEAN Jury and twelve categories of awards are presented. The spectacular show ends with the Spirit of ASEAN Award…a film that portrays the best of ASEAN people, culture and lifestyle. Another interesting award is the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an ASEAN film personality who has broken the international barrier.
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