Jay won the best film award in the full-length feature category while Andong was declared the best short feature film in the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, held from July 11 to 20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
Full Length Feature
Best Film— Jay, directed by Francis Xavier E. Pasion
Best Director— Chris Martinez (100)
Best Actor— Baron Geisler (Jay)
Best Actress— Mylene Dizon (100)
Best Supporting Actor— Yul Servo (Brutus)
Best Supporting Actress— Eugene Domingo (100)
Best Screenplay— Chris Martinez (100)
Best Cinematography— Jay Abello (Brutus) and Dan Villegas (Huling Pasada)
Best Production Design— Cristina Honrado (Baby Angelo)
Best Original Music— Joey Ayala (Brutus)
Best Sound— Toto Sorioso (sound engineer) and Lito Cruz (soundman) for Ranchero.
Special Jury Prize— Brutus, directed by Tara Illenberger
Audience Choice Award— 100
Best Film— Andong, directed by Milos Tolentino
Best Director— Mark V. Reyes (God Only Knows)
Best Screenplay— Milos Tolentino (Andong)
Special Jury Prize— My Pet, directed by Anna G. Bigornia
Special Jury Citation— Angan-Angan, directed by Sheron R. Dayoc
Audience Choice Award— God Only Knows, directed by Mark. V. Reyes
Jay was chosen as best film feature “for its sheer originality, its energetic story-telling, its mastery of digital technology in order to tell a story that is a trenchant commentary on the technology itself, and its very revealing take on the media and the uses and abuses of the truth.” The film won an additional grant of P200,000 and the Cinemalaya Balanghai Trophy.
Andong won the best short film award “for its devoted and humorous take on a young boy’s obsessions, revealing in the process the complex of social relations and social struggles that are any young Filipino’s rite of passage.”
The jurors was comprised of film critic and writer Lito B. Zulueta; actor Cesar Montano; Ansgar Vogt, Berlin International Film Festival programmer; Kim Ji-Seok, co-founder and program director of the Pusan International Film Festival; and Max Tessier, Asian and Japanese cinema expert and artistic consultant for international film festivals, including the Cannes Filmfest.
Cinemalaya is an all digital film festival and competition that started in 2005 with the objective of discovering, encouraging and honoring the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.
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