PH wins four awards in first ASEAN film fest

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The Philippines bagged four awards in the recently concluded and the first ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) 2013 organized in Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Alessandra de Rossi in the film, "Sta. Nina". The movie also casts Anita Linda and Coco Martin.
Alessandra de Rossi in the film, "Sta. Nina". The movie also casts Anita Linda and Coco Martin.

The Department of Affairs in a statement Tuesday said during the AIFFA 2013 awards night on March 30 at the Borneo Convention Center, Filipino actresses Alessandra de Rossi and Anita Linda bagged the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards, respectively,

Bugoy Cariño won the Best Supporting Actor award, while the film "Sta. Niña" by Emmanuel Quindo Palo won the Best Picture-Drama award.

De Rossi and Linda won their awards for "Sta. Niña" while Cariño was conferred his honor for the film "Alagwa,” directed by Ian Loreños.

The complete list of winners in the film fest can be viewed in the AIFFA site.

The Philippines and Malaysia tied with four awards, Indonesia won three, and Singapore one. Brunei, Laos, Myanmar and Hong Kong were also participants in the film fest which ran from March 28 to 30.

"Sta. Niña," according to the website of independent film festival Cinemalaya (where the film was an entry), is about a man who digs up the remains of his 2-year-old daughter in a lahar-filled quarry, and is a film that raises questions about love, guilt, sin and salvation.

Meanwhile, according to its page on Facebook, "Alagwa" film is inspired by a popular urban legend about a child's disappearance in Chinatown Manila. The film uncovers the dark facets of the underground business of human trafficking in the Philippines."

The DFA said around 11 Filipino feature films joined over 100 entries by ASEAN artists in the first AIFFA film festival, which include Tyrone Acierto’s "The Grave Bandits," Whammy Alcazaren’s "Colossal," Lawrence Fajardo’s "Posas," Marie Jamora’s "Ang Nawawala," Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s "Qiyamah," Vincent Sandoval’s "Aparisyon," Richard Somes’ "Supremo" and Paul Sta. Ana’s "Oros."--Source: GMA News





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