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



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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.

 

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:


 


Facebook: www.facebook.com/FDCP.ph


Twitter: www.twitter.com/FDCPH


Instagram: www.instagram.com/fdcpofficial


 


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”



 


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