MANILA, Philippines – Philippine-themed heist thriller "Metro Manila" is named Best British Independent Film of the year at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) held Sunday, November 8.
The film was also awarded best achievement in production and best director.
The heist thriller by British director Sean Ellis was based on Ellis' experience during a brief trip to Metro Manila. He was inspired by a squabble between two men from an armored truck company, clad in bulletproof vests with guns and helmets
In an interview with The Guardian, Ellis said that his decision to film in the Philippines was brought about by budget restraints. Unable to find any funding in the UK, he traveled to the Philippines with his Canon D5 Digital camera in tow.
The film, which premiered in the Philippines in October, stars Filipino actors John Arcilla, Jake Macapagal, and Althea Vega.
"Metro Manila" is one of 3 Philippine-themed films submitted to the Academy Awards Foreign Film Category.
Watch the trailer here:
According to its Facebook page, the BIFA "celebrates merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honor new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public." – Rappler.com