I’m sorry the Cinemalaya festival is over, not just because I won’t be seeing new stuff every day or hanging out with large groups of people inhaling gambas at Shrimps Ahoy, but because I enjoyed getting out of my neighborhood and going to the CCP, even if the atmosphere contains carpet mold, spores, and dust dating back to the Eighties.
At the awarding ceremonies last night, Tribu won the best picture, best actor (for the non-professional ensemble composed of Tondo gang membersâ€”excellent call by the judges), and best sound (after I’d just picked on it, ha ha) trophies. Endo got the special jury prize, best actress for Ina Feleo, and best editing. Pisay won for direction and production design; Kadin for cinematography and music. Tukso was cited for screenplay (I didn’t see it). Among the shorts, Rolyo was adjudged best picture, Eman de la Cruz was cited for direction for Gabon, and we were happy to see Nineball bag the special jury prize. Audience choice awards went to Pisay for the features, and Doble Vista for the shorts.If you missed the movies, you can catch them at the UP Film Center.