The 15th season of the much-anticipated Cinemalaya has finally concluded on Sunday, August 12 with the blockbuster film ‘John Denver Trending‘ sweeping major awards including the Best Film of the year.
The directorial debut of Arden Rod Condez definitely brought heights during the annual indie film competition as it enticed the audience with the life of John Denver Cabungcal, a teenage boy who has been caught in the frenzy of being bullied in social media.
Indeed, Condez’ film undoubtedly gained the respect of the public as it swept off major awards such as Best Original Music Score, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Actor for Jansen Magpusao, NETPAC Jury Award, and Best Film.
On the other hand, Theodore Boborol’s ‘ISKA‘ also became a top-contender during the week-long cinema festivities. In her debut film as the main actress, Ruby Ruiz was named as the Best Actress as she successfully portrayed the rolf of Iska, an impoverished grandmother of an autistic 10-year-old boy.
Aside from the said films, several names also stood out during the awards night. Here is the complete list of the winners in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival:
For the Short-Feature Category
- AUDIENCE CHOICE: Heist School by Julius Renomeron Jr.
- BEST SCREENPLAY: Kontrolado Ni Girly Ang Buhay N’ya by Gilb Baldoza
- SPECIAL MENTION FOR TIMELESS SUBJECT MATTER: Hele Ng Maharlika by Norvin De Los Santos
- SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Tembong by Shaira Advincula
- NETPAC JURY AWARD: Disconnection Notice by Glenn Lowell Forneste Averia
- NETPAC SPECIAL CITATION: Sa Among Agwat by Don Senoc
- BEST DIRECTOR: Sa Among Agwat by Don Senoc
- BEST FILM: ‘Wag Mo Akong Kausapin by Josef Gacutan
For Full-Length Category
- AUDIENCE CHOICE: Belle Douleur by Joji Alonzo
- BEST SOUND DESIGN: Immanuel Verona of ISKA
- BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alvin Francisco of EDWARD
- BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE: Len Calvo of John Denver Trending
- BEST EDITING: Benjo Ferrer III of John Denver Trending
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rommel Sales of John Denver Trending
- BEST SCREENPLAY: Mary Rose Colindres of ISKA
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ricky Davao of FUCCBOIS
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Ella Cruz of EDWARD
- BEST ACTOR: Jansen Magpusao of John Denver Trending
- BEST ACTRESS: Ruby Ruiz of ISKA
- SPECIAL JURY AWARD: EDWARD by Thop Nazareno
- NETPAC JURY AWARD: John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez
- BEST DIRECTOR: Eduardo Roy Jr. of FUCCBOIS
- BEST FILM: John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez
In a historic gathering, Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado said that over 55,000 audiences were able to attend the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2019, which prompted to at least 25% in the total revenue of the festivity.
Also, the films Belle Douleur of Jojo Alonzo and Malamaya (The Color of Ash) of Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez will be up for commercial release this year.