Filipino filmmakers honored at the IFFM 2013
Several Filipino filmmakers received top plums at the recent 2013 International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York, USA.
Honored Best Short Film is “Not Fade Away,” written and directed by Rodney Reyes, a New York-based Pinoy director who has already done numerous films.
Starring American actors Samantha Glovin, Jonathan Weirich and Gretchen Von Koenig, “‘Not Fade Away’ is about a loving couple who (goes through) extreme circumstances at the end of the world,” said Reyes in an interview with IFFM.
Meanwhile, New York Film Academy student Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses’ “Will You Marry Me?” was named Best Student Film.
“Mga Liham Mula Sa Alaska (Letters From Alaska)” by Fil-Am director Roberto Reyes Ang was among the short films that earned an Honorable Mention along with four others.
Pupil’s mind tripping music video for “20/20,” directed by Jason Tan, was honored Best Music Video.
Released in 2011, the video showed the typically busy EDSA devoid of any vehicles. The band filmed during Holy Week, closing portions of the superhighway minutes at a time to get the proper shots.
Dutch-Filipino film “Lilet Never Happened” by Jacco Groen is the biggest winner, bagging the Mount Hope Project Award: Achievement in Filmmaking and Social Advocacy, as well as Best Director Global Feature and Best Ensemble Cast Feature.
The film stars Filipina teenager Sandy Talag, who was recently honored by an Outstanding Achievement in Acting award at the Oaxaca International Film Festival in Mexico.
Set in the Philippines, “Lilet Never Happened” is a real life story of a Filipina child prostitute that Groen had met in a mental hospital.
Other Filipino entries at the festival were “Nilda” by Joy Aquino, “Pohaku Falls” by Carrie Juntilla and “Barya (Coins)” by Emir Khan Bautista.