EVENTS: Cinemalaya 2012 Winners!

MY Cinemalaya 2012 ranking!

After watching all the 25 entries for the 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, here's my ranking based on its depth, originality, cinematography, editing and over all impact (1 being the highest):

For the Director's Showcase 
1) Bwakaw
2) Mga Mumunting Lihim
3) Posas
4) Kalayaan
5) Kamera Obskura
For the New Breed Full-Length Category
1) Ang Nawawala
2) Requieme!
3) Ang Katiwala
4) Diablo
5) Aparisyon
6) Sta. Nina
7) Intoy Shokoy ng Kalye Marino
8) Oros
9) The Animals
10) Mga Dayo

New Breed Shorts Category
1) Ruweda
2) Paghihintay sa Bulong
3) Pasahero
4) As He Sleeps
5) Balintuna
6) Manenaya
7) Sarong Aldaw
8) Ulian
9) Bohe
10) Victor

                   I’m very much lucky to watched all of the entries for this year’s Cinemalaya. If I’m going to compare the entries from last year, this year was a lot better. As the National Artist for Literature, Bienvenido Lumbera said, it’s first time for the festival to have entries to the New Breed Full Length category with middle/upper class theme on it; Ang Nawawala and The Animals per se. Usually, independent films tackle only harsh realities, poverty and the like. This just mean that the Cinemalaya evolves a lot from its yesteryears.

And the winner is..!

            The 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival awards night was held at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (aka CCP Main Theater) last July 29, 2012, Sunday night. Everyone was so excited for this culminating activity since this was the time to recognize their efforts, hard work and all. The event was well attended by artists, production staff and crew, media press, fans and movie enthusiasts. The films were judged by different local and foreign juries. For this year, awards has been given to almost all of the film entries. It significantly shows that this year has been a really tough fight between the entries. Here’s the complete list of this year’s 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival winner:

New Breed Shorts
Best Screenplay: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong’
Best Direction: Sheron Dayoc, “As he Sleeps”
Special Jury Prize:
 Richard Soriano Legaspi, “Manenaya”
Best Film: Jarell M. Serencio, “Victor”
Audience Choice: Hannah Espia, “Ruweda”

New Breed Full-Length
Best Sound: “Aparisyon”
Best Original Music Score: Mikey Amistoso, Diego Mapa and Jazz Nicolas, “Ang Nawawala”
Best Editing: John Wong, “The Animals”
Best Production Design: Benjamin H. Payumo, “Intoy Syokoy” 
Best Cinematography: Tristan Salas, “Diablo” Best Screenplay: Rody Vera, “REquieme!”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actor: Joross Gamboa, “Intoy Syokoy”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actress: Anita Linda, “Santa Niña”
Best Direction: Mes de Guzman, “Diablo”
Best Performance of an Actor: Kristoffer King, “Oros”
Best Performance of an Actress: Ama Quiambao, “Diablo” Best Film: Mes de Guzman, “Diablo”
Special Jury Prize: Loy Arcenas, “REquieme!”
NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award: “Diablo” by Mes de Guzman
Audience Choice: Marie Jamora, “Ang Nawawala”

Directors Showcase
Best Sound: Ditoy Aguila, “Kalayaan”
Best Original Music Score: Diwa de Leon, “Kamera Obskura”
Best Editing: Vanessa de Leon, “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Production Design: Adolfo Alix, Jr., “Kalayaan”
Best Cinematography: Albert Banzon, “Kalayaan”
Best Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actor: Art Acuña, “Posas”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actress: Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Agot Isidro and Judy Ann Santos “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Direction: Raymond Red, “Kamera Obskura” Best Performance of an Actor: Eddie Garcia, “Bwakaw”
Best Performance of an Actress: Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Agot Isidro and Judy Ann Santos“Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Film: Lawrence Fajardo, “Posas”
Special Jury Prize: Raymond Red, “Kamera Obskura”
NETPAC Award: Jun Robles Lana, “Bwakaw”
Audience Choice: Jun Robles Lana, “Bwakaw”

           I want to congratulate all the participants especially the big winners for this year. To all the volunteers, staff and crew, directors, actors and actresses, media and movie enthusiasts, a big props to you all.. See you on the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on July 2013!

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