Pinoys Win Big in Malaysia
Nine Filipino indie films represented the country in the 3rd ASEAN International Film Festival Awards 2017 (AIFFA 2017) held from May 4 to 6 in Kuching, Malaysia.
The films, all produced in 2015 and 2016 for Filipino filmfests, were: Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo (for Sinag Maynila 2015); Purgatoryo by Derick Cabrido (for QCinema 2016); Dagsin by Atom Magadia (for Cinemalaya 2016); Paglipay by Zig Dulay (for ToFarm Film Festival 2016); Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna (also for ToFarm 2016); Laut by Louie Ignacio (for Singkuwento International Film Festival 2016); Area, also by Louie Ignacio (for QCinema 2016); Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo (for Cinema One Originals 2015); and Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca (for Cine Filipino 2016).
The Malaysian film event, held every other year since 2013, gave the Pinoy films 18 nominations and six major awards. The awards were: best director for Louie Ignacio ( Area), best actress for Martina “Ai-Ai” delas Alas ( Area), best supporting actress for Ana Capri ( Laut), best supporting actor for Ricky Davao ( Dayang Asu), best editing for Lawrence Fajardo ( Imbisibol), and the Special Honor Award for Lav Diaz ( Ang Babaeng Humayo). Hurray for Team Philippines!
The AIFFA 2017 #TeamPhilippines included (front row, L-R) publicist Mell Navarro; Film Development Council of the Philippines chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra, who received the award for Ricky Davao; publicist Pilar Mateo; Jacob Jesuita; (second row) TV show host Marc Nelson; Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles, who received the award for Lav Diaz; Area executive producer Baby F. Go; Nora Aunor, who came to honor this year’s lifetime achievement awardee (Malay filmmaker Tan Sri Lakshmanan Krishnan); Area director Louie Ignacio, AIFFA 2017 best director awardee; TV show host Rovilson Fernandez; (last row) actor Onyl Torres; Dagsin actor Benjamin Alves; Laut producer Ferdinand Lapuz; Laut cinematographer Rain Yamson III; and Nora’s escort, John Rendez. Trophies for other awardees who couldn’t make it to AIFFA 2017 were received on their behalf by other members of #TeamPhilippines.