Philippine filmmakers, stars represent country at ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards

Philippine Independent Cinema is well represented at the biennial ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Heading the delegation is Superstar Nora Aunor who is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for her full career contribution to cinema, all encompassing the regions, and most specially bestowed upon an Asean personality who broke international barriers. Donning a Louis Claparols creation, Aunor is expected to deliver her acceptance speech thanking her family, friends, and fans: 

"I wouldn't be here if not for my loyal fans. I owe them everything I have. They inspire me to do more. They inspire me to be the best that I can be. Thank you to all my fans for making Nora Aunor a lasting reality. Thank you for still believing and loving me through the years. " 

She also expressed her openness to accepting film projects offered to her by filmmakers from the ASEAN region as a way of giving back. 

Meanwhile, a number of Filipino filmmakers and actors are nominated in various categories. Joseph Laban's rural tale about child abuse, Nuwebe, is up for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress. Ralston Jover's film about abortifiscent vendor, Bendor, competes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Carlo Obispo's debut film on coming of age, Purok 7 Is also up vying for multiple awards, including Best Film. Meanwhile, Peque Gallaga's comeback masterpiece - Sonata is the strongest contender for Best Actress (Cherie Gil), Best Photography (Mark Gary), and Best Screenplay (Wanggo Gallaga). Jay Abello's senior effort, Red, is cited for Best Supporting Actor (Nico Antonio). Multi-awarded actor Allen Dizon is gunning for his latest international Best Actor victory for Jason Paul Laxamana's The Coffin Maker. 

The Philippine Delegation is organized and represented by award winning director of photography, Rain Yamson, and as assisted by international agent Shandii Bacolod, filmmaker Howard Yambao, and events specialist Yoyah Quizan. Covering the three day film event are media personalities, including ABS-CBN's Catherine Cornell.

Complete List of Winners

Special Jury Award: Pee Mak, Thailand
Special Jury Award2: The Lion Men, Singapore
Best Photography: Dang Xuan Truong (Inseminator) Vietnam
Best Screenplay: Ben Sihombing (Soekarno) Indonesia
Best Supporting Actress: Nadiah Wahid (Yasmine) Brunei
Best Actress: Cherie Gil (Sonata) Philippines
Best Supporting Actor: Sok Sothun (The Last Reel) Cambodia
Best Actor: Bront Palare (Terbaik Dari Langit) Malaysia
Best Editing: Benjamin Tolentino (Bendor) Philippines
Best Director: Joseph Laban (Nuwebe) Philippines
Best Film: Terbaik Dari Langit, Malaysia
ASEAN Spirit Award: Purok 7, Philippines
Lifetime Achievement Award: Nora Aunor, Philippines
ASEAN Inspiration Award: Jackie Chan

by Archie del Mundo

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