Best Actress plum goes to 13-year-old newbie
Two full-length feature films bagged the Best Picture award while a 13-year-old newcomer won the Best Actress award in the first-ever CineFilipino Film Festival. These were the historic highlights of the CineFilipino awarding ceremony held on September 22, at the Resorts World Manila Genting Club.
Spearheaded by PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 and Unitel Entertainment, CineFilipino Film Festival opened its doors to interested filmmakers in August 2012 and attracted almost 150 entries from across the country. After a grueling selection process, eight feature film entries were chosen and their filmmakers given a seed grant of P1.5 million to produce their movies. Ten short films were also selected to compete in the Short Film category.
During the awards night, Mes De Guzman’s Ang Kwento ni Mabuti and Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s Ang Huling Cha-cha ni Anita were both declared Best Picture, each bagging the cash prize of P500,000 and an opportunity for the winning entries to be converted into 35mm films. Thirteen-year-old Teri Malvar, who made her acting debut in Ang Huling Cha-cha ni Anita, won Best Actress while Karl Medina of The Guerrilla is a Poet bagged the Best Actor award.
For the Short Film category, Pam Reyes’ Ligaw won the Best Short Film award and P100,000 cash. Kimberly Ocariza’s Logaritmo won P75,000 cash for being the 2nd Best Short Film, while Jose Ibarra Guballa and Bienvenido Ferrer III’s Sangandaan was awarded 3rd Best Short Film and P50,000 cash.
The CineFilipino Film Festival ran from September 18 to 24, showcasing eight feature films and 10 short films in the Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown cinemas, Gateway Cineplex and EDSA Shangri-La Cineplex.