Mainstream actors win top acting awards in Cinemalaya 2012

One of the highlights of this year's Cinemalaya is the winning of Mumunting Lihim ensemble composed of Judy Ann Santos, Janice de Belen, Agot Isidro and Izza Calzado as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

We were lucky enough to catch the last day of screening of the said movie at Greenbelt 3. I think anyone that has done so will not question the decision as these actresses were definitely exceptional. Of course it helped that Jose Javier Reyes' screenplay was a riot. It was a brutally honest and moving. 

Veteran Actor Eddie Garcia, on the other hand, bagged the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an old gay man who shares the twilight of his life with his dog, Bwakaw. This poignant tale is another favorite in the festival, also winning the Audience Choice Award. 

With the quality of films at the Cinemalaya getting better and better each year, I really hope that this would altogether replace the MMFF that features mostly senseless materials aimed to dumb down and cater to the studio's percepcion of what the masses would appreciate.

There is no question that the masses would appreciate another Enteng Kabisote film but at the end of the day, I think it is up to the entertainment industry to elevate this preference by actually releasing and showing them what good movies we have. And we do have great movies. If I hear anyone saying that they don't watch Filipino movies because Hollywood films are better, I would slap them with a copy of Ang Nawawala, Mumunting Lihim or Bwakaw while making them watch an endless rerun of Adam Sandler films.

Here are the chosen best among the films presented at Cinemalaya 2012.

Directors Showcase

Best Film:Posas
Special Jury Prize: "Kamera Obskura" by Raymond Red
Audience Choice: "Bwakaw"
Best Director:Raymond Red, "Kamera Obscura"
Best Actress: Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Judy Ann Santos & Agot Isidro (ensemble), "Mga Mumunting Lihim"
Best Actor: Eddie Garcia, "Bwakaw"
Best Supporting Actress: Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Judy Ann Santos & Agot Isidro (ensemble), "Mga Mumunting Lihim"
Best Supporting Actor: Art Acuna, "Posas"
Best Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, "Mga Mumunting Lihim"
Best Cinematography: Albert Banzon, "Kalayaan"
Best Production Design: Adolfo Alix Jr., "Kalayaan"
Best Editing: Vanessa de Leon, "Mga Mumunting Lihim"
Best Original Musical Score: Diwa de Leon, "Kamera Obskura"
Best Sound: Ditoy Aguila, "Kalayaan"
NETPAC Award: "Bwakaw"

Full Length Category (New Breed)

Best Film:Diablo
Special Jury Prize: "REquime!" by Loy Arcenas
Audience Choice: "Ang Nawawala"
Best Director:Mes de Guzman, "Diablo"
Best Actress: Ama Quiambao, "Diablo"
Best Actor: Kristoffer King, "Oros"
Best Supporting Actress: Anita Linda, "Santa Niña"
Best Supporting Actor: Joross Gamboa, "Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino"
Best Screenplay: Rody Vera, "REquime!"
Best Cinematography: Tristan Salas, "Diablo"
Best Production Design: Benjamin Payumo, "Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino"
Best Editing: John Wong and Rona delos Reyes, "The Animals"
Best Original Music Score: Mikey Amistoso, Diego Mapa, and Jazz Nicolas, "Ang Nawawala"
Best Sound: Albert Michael Idioma, "Aparisyon"
NETPAC Award: "Diablo"

Short Film

Best Film:Victor
Special Jury Prize: "Manenaya"
Audience Choice: "Rueda"
Best Director:Sheyon Dayoc, "As He Sleeps"
Best Screenplay: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, "Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong"

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