The winners of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2020 were announced during an online program Wednesday, August 12, with Carla Pulido Ocampo’s Tokwifi taking home the Best Film award and the Netpac Jury Prize.
Tokwifi stars Adrienne Vergara and Kurt “Ayeo-eo” Lumbag Alalag.
During her acceptance speech, Ocampo thanked the two film festivals – Cinemalaya and the QCinema Festival.
“Magpupugay muna siguro sa dalawang film festivals ng Pilipinas. Una sa Cinemalaya sa pag-ampon sa amin kahit na hindi kayo ‘yung una naming ina pero inalagaan niyo kami na parang tunay niyong anak. Ikalawang pagpupugay siguro ay para sa aming mother festival, ‘yung QCinema, for allowing us to fly in any direction that we wanted. Maraming salamat sa kalayaan na binigay niyo sa amin,” she said.
(We would like to pay tribute to two film festivals in the Philippines. First to Cinemalaya for adopting us even if you were not our mother film festival but yet you took care of us like your own. The second tribute would be to our mother festival, QCinema, for allowing us to fly in any direction we wanted. Thank you for giving us the freedom to do whatever we wish to do.)
Ocampo also thanked everyone who made the movie possible including the Mountain Province community where they shot the movie. She also gave special mention to the people behind Cinemalaya for making the event possible despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
Martika Ramirez Escobar won the Best Direction award for the movie Living Things.
Here is the list of winners.
- Audience Choice Award – Quing Salam Ning Aldo
- Best Screenplay – Pabasa Kan Pasyon
- Special Jury Prize – Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos
- Netpac Jury Prize – Tokwifi
- Best Direction – Martika Ramirez Escobar, Living Things
- Best Film – Tokwifi
This year’s Cinemalaya edition featured 10 short films in the main competition with the theme “Stream Consciousness.”
All Cinemalaya films can be viewed online until August 16. – Rappler.com