Jasmine Curtis-Smith won Best Actress for her role as a lesbian in the movie Baka Bukas, while the gay-themed coming-of-age flick 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten was declared Best Picture at the Cinema One Originals independent film festival held Sunday at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN, Quezon City.
“Mabuhay ang LGBT community!” cheered Curtis-Smith as she accepted her award to a resounding applause. “We have a voice. I am with you guys whether I am LGBT or not. I stand with you guys and I will be with you all the way.”
Curtis’ was paired with Louise Delos Reyes in the film, which also copped the People’s Choice Award. Samantha Lee directed the movie.
Meanwhile, 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten, directed by Petersen Vargas and written by Jason Paul Laxamana was declared Best Picture. The story revolves around the life of one Felix Salonga (Kahlil Ramos), a friendless achiever in high school whose life changes after the arrival of the half-American Snyder brothers. As he is entangled in their dark ambitions, his true identity comes to the fore. Jameson Blake who portrayed Maximillian Snyder in the movie was declared Best Supporting Actor.
Completing the main awards, Keith Deligero was named Best Director for the Cebuano urban legend horror Lily starring Shaina Magdayao. From this film, lead actor Rocky Salumbides was named Best Actor, and Natleigh Sitoy won Best Supporting Actress.
The rest of the awards are as follows: Best Screenplay – Jose Abdel Langit (Malinak Ya Labi); Best Cinematography – Carlos Mauricio (2 Cool To Be 4gotten); Best Production Design – Michael Español (Tisay); Best Editing – Lily; Best Music – Francis De Veyra (Tisay); Best Sound – Andrew Millalos (Baka Bukas).
Champion Bughaw Award –Tisay; Special Jury Prize – Si Magdalola At Ang Mga Gago; Special Citation – People Power Bombshell: Diary of Vietnam Rose; Best Documentary –Forbidden Memory by Teng Mangansakan; Best Short Film – Maria by JP Habac; Best C1 Minute Top Student Film – No Seguir by Nino Justin Tecson; People’s Choice Award – Baka Bukas.
The Cinema One Originals Film Festival is held in selected cinemas every year in November to showcase the talents and diverse voices of Filipino independent films. It is produced by cable TV network Cinema One, an affiliate of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network.