FDCP Reveals Honorees, Special Awardees & Performers of 5th Film Ambassadors’ Night

THE “P” TALKS!

BY: Pilar Mateo

IN A ZOOM CONFERENCE recently, FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Chair Liza Diño Seguerra shared thenplans it has for this upcoming FAN Night.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has named the 60 honorees and special awardees for this year’s 5th Film Ambassadors’ Night (FAN) as well as the performers for the online event that will take place on February 28, 2021.

The FAN, an annual event spearheaded by the FDCP since 2017, recognizes Filipino film industry creatives, artists, filmmakers, and films of various formats that gained recognitions from established international film festivals and award-giving bodies in the past year.

Leading the FAN 2021 honorees are the A-Listers, filmmakers Rafael Manuel and Lav Diaz. A-Listers pertain to those who bagged awards in prestigious A-List international film festivals as declared by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

Rafael Manuel was awarded the Berlinale Shorts Silver Bear Jury Prize for “Filipiñana” at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany while Lav Diaz won the Orizzonti Award for Best Director for “Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan)” at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in Italy.

The Feature Films category has six honorees: “Sunshine Family” by Kim Tai-Sik, “Write About Love” by Crisanto Aquino, “Latay (Battered Husband)” by Ralston Jover, “Pan de Salawal” by Che Espiritu, “Lingua Franca” by Isabel Sandoval, and “John Denver Trending” by Arden Rod Condez. The honorees in the Directors category are Maria Diane Ventura for “Dein Fabre,” Mallorie Ortega for “The Girl Who Left Home,” and Derick Cabrido for “Clarita.”

The Actors category will award Cristine Reyes for “UnTrue,” Ruby Ruiz for “Iska,” Elijah Canlas for “Kalel, 15,” Louise Abuel for “Edward,” Isabel Sandoval for “Lingua Franca,” Alden Richards for “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” Lovi Poe and Allen Dizon for “Latay,” and the cast of “Kaputol” led by Cherie Gil, Alfred Vargas, Angel Aquino, and Ronwaldo Martin. Dingdong Dantes and Arjo Atayde are the television awardees who made it to the FAN 2021 Actors list.

“Philippine Cinema continues to thrive amid the pandemic because Filipino filmmakers and artists did not allow the global health crisis to derail them from sharing our stories to the world. Through the Film Ambassadors’ Night, we celebrate their efforts and laud their achievements,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

The FAN has other categories such as Short Films, Documentaries, Creative Awards, and Special Citation. The two Special Citation recipients are veteran television and film director Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio and the late filmmaker and International Film Festival Manhattan co-founder Gerry Balasta.

Cinemadvocates, Gabay ng Industriya & Camera Obscura

The FAN will bestow special awards to pay tribute to the invaluable contributions of film industry stakeholders who continuously work for the betterment of Philippine Cinema.

Cinemadvocates is a special segment of this year’s FAN to laud individuals and groups that tirelessly champion the welfare of film workers and the development of the industry. Pangasinan 4th District Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) President Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, Lockdown Cinema Club, Inter-Guild Alliance, Dingdong Dantes, and Angel Locsin are the FAN 2021 Cinemadvocates.

The Gabay ng Industriya Award is a new citation to honor those who serve as Philippine Cinema’s guiding light and inspiration. The industry is grateful and honored to have witnessed their admirable artistry, incredible work ethic, and encompassing love for film. Cinematography icon Romy Vitug is the Haligi ng Industriya Award recipient and legendary actress Gloria Romero is the Ilaw ng Industriya Award recipient.

The Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Award is the highest citation awarded by the FDCP to trailblazers and legends in the industry. This year’s Camera Obscura awardees are Jun Juban of Philippine Film Studios, Inc., multi-awarded documentary “Aswang” by Alyx Arumpac, and former NCCA Commissioner Teddy Co.

Juban’s Philippine Film Studios, Inc. has been a critical figure in the country’s film and audiovisual industry, having produced and co-produced numerous films and audiovisual content, the most notable of which are Academy Award winners “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon” by Oliver Stone, “The Bourne Legacy” by Tony Gilroy, Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture “10,000 Hours” by Bb. Joyce Bernal, and several editions of reality television programs “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor.”

Arumpac’s “Aswang” was an A-Lister in FAN 2020 after taking home the Fipresci Prize in the 2019 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The full-length documentary went on to win eight international awards in 2020, including Best International Feature-Length Documentary at Festival Film Dokumenter in Indonesia, Grand Prize-Best International Feature at the RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival in Canada, Amnesty International Human Rights Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, and White Goose Award (Grand Prize) at the DMZ International Documentary Festival in South Korea.

Teddy Co, a former NCCA Commissioner of the Arts and Head of National Committee on Cinema, is a director, curator, and archivist, who significantly helped in the repatriation and restoration of lost films by Manuel Conde, Gerardo de Leon, and Nonoy Marcelo, among others. He co-founded Cinema Rehiyon, which he continues to curate, and is a selection committee member for Cinemalaya, Cinema One Originals, and QCinema International Film Festival.

The first virtual FAN

For its 5th edition, the FAN will be held in support of the NCCA’s National Arts Month. It is going to be streamed online for free on February 28, Sunday, at 8 p.m. exclusively on the FDCP Channel. Those who want to watch the FAN 2021 may sign up for free at fdcpchannel.ph.

The FAN is supported by the CCP through the participation of its resident symphony orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). The PPO will perform in various production numbers alongside the country’s premiere performers such as Bamboo, Tres Marias (Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua, and Lolita Carbon), Bituin Escalante, Beverly Salviejo, Karla Gutierrez, Lawrence Jatayna, and The Pogi Boys. A special number featuring Ice Seguerra, Juris Fernandez, Princess Velasco, Sitti, Richard Poon, Kean Cipriano, and Duncan Ramos will also take place.

For updates on FAN 2021, follow the national film agency on social media:

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/FDCPH

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THE 5TH FILM AMBASSADORS’ NIGHT HONOREES & SPECIAL AWARDEES:

SHORT FILMS

L.O.L. by Mark Justine Aguillon

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – 11th Macau International Short Film Festival, China
  • INDEPENDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

SULYAP (THE GLANCE) by Geraldo Jumawan, Sherwin Compendio

  • INDEPENDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

GARBO (PRIDE) by Alan Filoteo

  • INDEPENDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

BLUE ROOM FEELINGS by Ruka Azuma

  • INDEPENDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

FISH HEAD by Marcos Durian

  • JURY AWARD BEST SHORT FILM – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

VIRAL KIDS by Arjanmar Rebeta

  • SILVER AWARD (ASIAN NEW FORCE CATEGORY) – 25th Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia Awards, Hong Kong

TARANG (LIFE’S PEDAL) by Arvin Belarmino

  • BERLIN-BRANDENBURG SHORT AWARD – BEST FILM – 36th International Short Film Festival Berlin (Interfilm Berlin), Germany

SHORT FILM ACTORS

TERI ONOR

  • Best Actor (Short Film) for “Biyaheng Madilim (A Night’s Journey)” – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

MADISON ROJAS

  • Jury Award Best Performance Actor for “Fish Head” – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

GERALDO B. JUMAWAN

Best Actor for “Nagbuwa Nga Gugma (Unfaithful Love)” – Lake City International Film Festival (LCIFF), New Delhi, India

SHORT FILM DIRECTORS

JOEY PARAS

  • Best Director for “Igib” – 2020 FilMay International Short Film Festival, Kumanovo, Macedonia

LUISITO LAGDAMEO IGNACIO

  • Best Director for “Biyaheng Madilim (A Night’s Journey)” – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

DOCUMENTARIES – TV DOCUMENTARY

ALAB (ABLAZE) – ABS-CBN Corporation

  • BRONZE AWARD – DOCUMENTARY HEROES – New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, United States

BRIGADA (THE BRIGADE): AETA SQUADRON/FEMALE SPIES – GMA News TV (GMA Network, Inc.)

  • BRONZE AWARD – DOCUMENTARY HISTORY & SOCIETY – New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, United States

TAO PO (IS ANYBODY HOME?) – ABS-CBN Corporation

  • BRONZE AWARD – DOCUMENTARY HUMAN CONCERNS – New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, United States

LOCAL LEGENDS: ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST – ABS-CBN News Channel, ABS-CBN Corporation

  • SILVER AWARD – DOCUMENTARY HEROES CATEGORY – New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, United States

THE ATOM ARAULLO SPECIALS: BABIES4SALE.PH – GMA Network, Inc.

  • SILVER AWARD – NEWS: PROGRAM BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORT – New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, United States

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Short Documentary

ANG PAGPAKALMA SA UNOS (TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE) by Joanna Vasquez Arong

  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD – 40th Hawaii International Film Festival, United States
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT HONOR – 2020 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, United States
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD – 15th Shorts Mexico Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Mexico, Mexico

Full-Length Documentary

IN PAGLAYAG A SULU STORY by Rhadem Morados

  • JURY AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

A THOUSAND CUTS by Ramona Diaz

  • GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD – DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, United States

CREATIVE AWARDS

1LT BALARAM TAMAYO

  • BEST SCREENPLAY for “Kagitingan: A True Story of Valor”, International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

VINCENT SOBERANO

  • BEST SCREENPLAY for “Circle of Bones” – HorrorHaus Film Festival, United States

CHE ESPIRITU

  • BEST SCREENPLAY for “Pan de Salawal” – Calella Film Festival, Spain

BENJAMIN TOLENTINO

  • BEST EDITING for “Kalel, 15” – 59th Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Macau

VALERIE CASTILLO MARTINEZ

  • SPECIAL JURY AWARD – SCREENWRITING International Narrative Feature for “Death of Nintendo” – 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, United States

ACTORS

DINGDONG DANTES

  • ASIAN STAR PRIZE for “Descendants of the Sun” (GMA Network, Inc.) – Seoul International Drama Awards, South Korea

ARJO ATAYDE

  • BEST ACTOR for “Bagman” (ABS-CBN/IWant Series) – 3rd Asian Academy Creative Awards, Singapore

CHERIE GIL, ALFRED VARGAS, ANGEL AQUINO, RONWALDO MARTIN

  • BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD for “Kaputol” – 4th Innuendo International Film Festival, Milan, Italy

LOVI POE

  • Best Actress Feature Film for “Latay (Battered Husband)” – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

ALLEN DIZON

  • Best Actor Feature Film for “Latay (Battered Husband)” – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

ALDEN RICHARDS

  • ASIAN STAR PRIZE for “Hello, Love, Goodbye” – Seoul International Drama Awards, South Korea

ELIJAH CANLAS

BEST ACTOR for “Kalel, 15” – 17th Asian Film Festival, Rome, Italy

LOUISE ABUEL

  • BEST ACTOR for “Edward” – 18th Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh

ISABEL SANDOVAL

  • BEST ACTRESS for “Lingua Franca” – 18th Pacific Meridian International Film Festival, Russia

RUBY RUIZ

  • BEST ACTRESS for “Iska” – Harlem International Film Festival 2020, New York, United States
  • BEST ACTRESS for “Iska” – 6th Herat International Women’s Film Festival, Afghanistan

CRISTINE REYES

  • BEST ACTRESS for “UnTrue” – 40th Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival, Portugal

DIRECTORS

MARIA DIANE VENTURA

  • BEST DIRECTION (Low Budget Category) for “Dein Fabre” – 5th Calella Film Festival, Spain

MALLORIE ORTEGA

  • EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD for “The Girl Who Left Home” – 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, United States

DERICK CABRIDO

  • BEST DIRECTOR for “Clarita” – 40th Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival, Portugal

FEATURE FILMS

SUNSHINE FAMILY by Kim Tai-Sik, produced by Spring Films

  • BEST DRAMA – Korea UHD Awards 2020, Korean Ministry of Science and ICT, South Korea

WRITE ABOUT LOVE by Crisanto Aquino

  • ABC TV AWARD (MOST ENTERTAINING FILM OF ALL ENTRIES) – Osaka Asian Film Festival 2020, Japan

LATAY (BATTERED HUSBAND) by Ralston Jover

  • GOLD AWARD – 2nd Wallachia International Film Festival, Romania
  • JURY AWARD BEST NARRATIVE GLOBAL – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

PAN DE SALAWAL by Che Espiritu

  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – Calella Film Festival, Spain
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – FesticineKids 22 Cartagena, Colombia
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – 8th Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival, South Korea

LINGUA FRANCA by Isabel Sandoval

  • BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE – 15th Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Israel
  • SPECIAL MENTION AWARD – 10th Divergenti – International Festival of Trans Cinema, Italy

JOHN DENVER TRENDING by Arden Rod Condez

  • SPECIAL JURY PRIZE / AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD / CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD – 26th Festival International Des Cinemas D’Aise Vesoul, France

SPECIAL CITATION

GERRY BALASTA

  • POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for the filmmaker and Co-founder of International Film Festival Manhattan – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

LUISITO LAGDAMEO IGNACIO

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for the veteran television and film director – International Film Festival Manhattan, United States

A-LISTERS

RAFAEL MANUEL

SILVER BEAR JURY PRIZE for “Filipiñana” – 70th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany

LAV DIAZ

  • BEST DIRECTOR for “Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan)” – Orizzonti Section – Venice International Film Festival, Italy

CINEMADVOCATES

PANGASINAN 4TH DISTRICT REP. CHRISTOPHER “TOFF” DE VENECIA
NCCA CHAIRMAN AND CCP PRESIDENT ARSENIO “NICK” LIZASO
LOCKDOWN CINEMA CLUB
INTER-GUILD ALLIANCE
DINGDONG DANTES
ANGEL LOCSIN

GABAY NG INDUSTRIYA

ROMY VITUG
GLORIA ROMERO

CAMERA OBSCURA ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

JUN JUBAN

“ASWANG” by Alyx Arumpac

  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY – 19th Festival Film Dokumenter, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • GRAND PRIZE – BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE – RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, Quebec, Canada
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD – Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
  • GRAND PRIZE, WHITE GOOSE AWARD – Best International Feature Film – 12th DMZ International Documentary Festival, Goyang and Paju, South Korea
  • GRAND PRIX (NOUVEAUX TALENTS COMPETITION) – 14th Corsica.Doc – AJACCIO International Documentary Film Festival, France
  • BEYOND THE SCREEN AWARD – Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel
  • PRIX DU PREMIER FILM PROFESSIONNEL – Festival Traces de Vies 2020, France
  • SPECIAL MENTION Université Clermont Auvergne Student Jury – Festival Traces de Vies 2020

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