Pinoy Indie Films win International AwardsPosted on March 23rd, 2008 under Entertainment Success
Filipino independent films are gaining major recognition on the global stage and are bagging the top awards along the way. Rigodon, Donsol, Kubrador, Kaleldo, Bahag Kings and Rugby Boyz are now being showcased in the best film festivals around the world.
Independent filmmakers Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat won on Sept. 30 the Best Feature Film Award during the 8th International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers awards show in Athens, Greece, for their debut feature “Rigodon.”
“Rigodon” follows the “spiritual” journey of three Filipino immigrants in post-9/11 New York City “whose lives intertwine in the age of racial profiling and government crackdown.” The 80-minute movie stars Joel Torre, Arthur Acuna, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Stephanie Ruaux and Keith Barber.
“Rigodon” premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and was also screened at the Fribourg and Cinemanila International film festivals. It was recently shown at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and is set to screen at the Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the Boston Asian-American Film Festival, Austin Asian Film Festival and Chicago Filipino-American Film Festival in November.
“Rigodon” was also invited to screen at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in January 2007.
A five-member jury chose the winners, according to the Panorama Filmmakers website, www.independent.gr. Portugal’s “Night Story,” by Victor Candeias bagged the Best Short Film Award. Other big winners were Bangladesh’s “The Peanut Seller” (by Farid Shah, Best Documentary), Brazil’s “The Force” (by Cristina Pinheiro, Best Video Art) and Hungary’s “Maestro” (by Geza M. Toth, Best Animation).
“The festival is the only one of its kind in South and Eastern Europe that allows all films to be played without censorship and control,” according to the website.
Adolf Alix’s “Donsol” received an invitation to the Dominican Republic International Film Festival, shortly after bagging the Special Jury Prize in the Asian Marine Film Festival in Makuhari, Japan. The festival will be held from Nov. 6 to 11.
“Donsol” stars Sid Lucero and Angel Aquino as two people who reluctantly fall in love despite previous failed relationships. It will compete in international film fests in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the US and in Cairo, Egypt, late this year.
At the Fort Lauderdale film fest from Oct. 16 to Nov. 14, “Donsol” will slug it out with 10 other movies, including Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes-winning “Volver.”
Jeffrey Jeturian, director of the award-winning digital film “Kubrador,” and lead actress Gina Pareño will be keeping a tight schedule starting this month. Jeturian and Pareño are scheduled to leave this week for the 11th Pusan International Film Festival in Korea.
On Oct. 19, Jeturian will attend a film fest in Mumbai, India, while Pareño and “Kubrador” executive producer Joji Alonso will leave for Hawaii. They will meet up in Villadolid, Spain, sometime between Oct. 20 and 28. The director will be coming from a film fest in Tokyo, Japan.
For the whole November, Pareño and Jeturian will tour “Kubrador” in Amiens in France, Brussels in Belgium, Thessaloniki in Greece and Rome. In December, they will attend film fests in Bratislava at the Slovak Republic, Tallin in Estonia, Dubai and Suchitra in India.
“Kaleldo (Summer Heat),” Dante Mendoza’s follow-up to his award-winning film “Masahista,” will take part in three international film festivals late this year.
The film will be screened in Rome (Oct. 12 to 20), Vienna in Austria (Oct. 13 to 25) and Hawaii (Oct. 19 to Nov. 5)
“Kaleldo” lead actress Cherry Pie Picache, who will attend all the screenings, plays a lesbian tricycle driver. The movie also stars Angel Aquino, Juliana Palermo and Johnny Delgado.
‘Bahag Kings’ and ‘Rugby Boyz’
Independent filmmaker Khavn dela Cruz has received an invitation to be part of the jury in the 10th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic.
The film fest is the biggest festival for documentaries in Central Europe, according to the website www.eastsilver.net. It will be held from Oct. 24 to 29.
Dela Cruz’s full-length films, “Bahag Kings” and “Kamias: Alaala ng Paglimot (Memory of Forgetting),” will be screened at the Jihlava film fest as well his four short films-“Can&Slippers,” “Our Daily Bread,” “Rugby Boyz” and “John Cage.”
From Oct. 19 to 22, Dela Cruz will take part in the 4th Bangkok World Film Festival, where his film, “Mondomanila: How I Fixed My Hair After a Rather Long Journey,” will be screened.
“Mondomanila” is an adaptation of the Palanca grand prize winning novel by Norman Wilwayco, “Kung Paano ko Inayos ang Buhok ko Matapos ang Mahaba-haba Ring Paglalakbay.” Raya Martin’s film, “Independencia” also received an invitation for screening.
Dela Cruz has just arrived from the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentary and Short Films in Egypt, where “Can&Slippers” was shown.
After its screening during the World Cup in Berlin in August, “Can&Slippers” also went to the Lucania Film Festival in Italy and then to Off-Courts Short Film Festival in Trouville-sur-mer, France.
Dela Cruz’s other short film, “Rugby Boyz,” will be shown at the Shoot Me Film Festival, The Hague, Netherlands, on Oct. 26-29 and at the L’Alternativa 2006: 13th Barcelona Independent Film Festival on Nov. 10-18.
“Rugby Boyz” received a Special Mention from the Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany.