Shortly before he left for the 69th Cannes Film Festival where he brought the country honor anew, multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza held the Awards Night of his third eponymous film workshop at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier.
Vanju Alvaira’s Ang Guro, a story of a senior citizen teacher about to retire; and Daniel Palacio’s Idolo, the story of a young salesman who realizes the true meaning of success shared honors for Best Picture Award. Palacio was also named Best Director for Idolo.
Rona Mae Lallana who played the mysterious Igorota in Strawberry Girl was named Best Actress, while Elijah Filamor from Idolo won Best Actor.
Special Awards were given to two other films: Nimrod John B. Sarmiento’s Repleksyon, which was named the Samsung Noteworthy Film Award, and Vanju Alvaira of Ang Guro for the SM People’s Choice Award.
The event was further highlighted with trailers of Mendoza’s Ma Rosa, which bagged the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for Jacklyn Jose; and Imago, a short film by Raymund Gutierrez, which also competed in the Short Film Category of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Now on its 3rd year, The Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop is a joint project of Centerstage Productions and SM Aura Premier. It is an intensive seven-day workshop for Directing with introduction to Cinematography, Production Design and Editing, and Acting facilitated by Mendoza himself.
This years’ batch showcased a total of seven films: Balitok, Ang Guro, Repleksyon, Idolo, Sarah, Channel 8, and Strawberry Girl, which highlighted new film ideas and engaging cinematic techniques.
The Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop is part of Mendoza’s advocacy to rethink and redefine cinema by sharing his knowledge and experience in filmmaking with a new generation.
“This is also my way of giving back and training new generations of film makers and storytellers,” said the director, who is known for his advocacies and groundbreaking films that tackle social issues.