Showbiz veteran Vilma Santos and young actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith were recognized for their roles in "Ekstra" and "Transit," respectively, during the awards night of this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival held on Sunday.
Santos was named best actress in the Director’s Showcase category for her role as a bit player in “Ekstra,” while Smith was awarded best supporting actress for “Transit,” which was entered in the “New Breed” category.
Santos' award was accepted by "Ekstra" producer Joji Alonso and director Jeffrey Jeturian instead, as the veteran actress was unable to attend the ceremonies.
Smith, meanwhile, was very excited to receive her award. "I really didn't expect this," she said.
"I gave my best, I gave my all. The experience was more than I wanted. Thank you so much, I am looking forward to more projects at Cinemalaya."
There were five films in the “Director’s Showcase” category, while 10 were entered in the “New Breed” category. Ten short features also took part in this year’s Cinemalaya.
Cinemalaya patron Tonyboy Cojuangco said in his speech at the end of the awarding ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater that the board will take a “businessman’s approach” to the festival starting next year, to address people’s complaints regarding the availability of the films.
They are also thinking to schedule the festival in August, he said, in order to avoid competition with Hollywood blockbusters and allow the films to be shown in more cinemas.
Another thing the Cinemalaya board can do to make the Cinemalaya films available to a wider audience is to explore other platforms such as the Internet, Cojuangco said.
This year, the Cinemalaya films were shown at the CCP and cinemas in Ayala-owned malls Greenbelt 3, Trinoma and Alabang Town Center. In a break from previous years, the films were not shown at the University of the Philippines’ Film Institute in Diliman, Quezon City.
Here is the full list of winners in this year’s Cinemalaya:
- Best Film: Sana Dati
- Best Director: Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati)
- Special Jury Prize: Ekstra
- Best Actor: No winner
- Best Actress: Vilma Santos (Ekstra)
- Best Supporting Actor: TJ Trinidad (Sana Dati)
- Best Supporting Actress: Ruby Ruiz (Ekstra)
- Best Music Score: Sana Dati
- Best Screenplay: Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone and Jeffrey Jeturian (Ekstra)
- Best Cinematography: Mackie Galvez (Sana Dati)
- Best Production Design: Ericson Navarro (Sana Dati)
- Best Sound, Score and Editing: Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati)
- Audience Choice: Ekstra
- Special Jury Prize: Ekstra
- Best Film: Transit
- Best Director: Hannah Espia (Transit)
- Special Citation, Ensemble Acting: The cast of Transit (Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral and Marc Justine Alvarez)
- Special Jury Prize: Quick Change
- Best Actress: Irma Adlawan (Transit)
- Best Actor: Mimi Juareza (Quick Change)
- Best Supporting Actress: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Transit)
- Best Supporting Actor: Joey Paras (Babagwa)
- Best Screenplay: Eduardo Roy (Quick Change)
- Best Cinematography: Lyle Sacris and Ber Cruz (Transit)
- Best Production Design: Roy Red (Rekorder)
- Best Music Score: Mon Espia (Transit)
- Best Sound: Albert Michael Idioma (Quick Change)
- Best Editing: Benjamin Tolentino and Hannah Espia (Transit)
- Audience Choice: Transit
- Best Film: The Houseband's Wife
- Best Director: Jann Eric Tiglao (Onang)
- Special Jury Prize: Taya
- Special Citation: Sa Wakas
- Best Screenplay: The Houseband's Wife
- Audience Choice: Taya
Netpac Award for New Breed: Transit
Via ABS-CBN News