1st Ko si 3rd, Bwaya, and more win international awards

2015 is shaping up to be a good year for Pinoy indie films.


(SPOT.ph) It’s only been three months, and 2015 is already shaping up to be a good year for Pinoy independent films and local filmmakers.



Cinemalaya 2014 and QCinema 2014 entry 1st Ko si 3rd bagged the Rising Star Award for director Real Florido at the Canada International Film Festival. Florido also previously won for best director at the London Film Awards. The film tells the story of a 65-year-old woman (Nora Villa) who reunites with her long-lost first love.



Meanwhile, Francis Xavier Pasion’s Bwaya went home with the grand prize, Cyclo D’Oro, at the 21st Vesoul (France) International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. The movie, which was also a Cinemalaya 2014 entry, tackles the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl and a mother who desperately searches for her in the marshlands...only to find something else.



Aiko Melendez was recognized for her performance in Louie Ignacio’s Asintado, winning the Best Actress in a Foreign Film award at the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema. The film was also nominated in six other categories, including Best Film and Best Director.



Melendez plays a mother who must make a difficult decision to save her son, who gets caught in the middle of a botched drug deal. The backdrop? The famous Taong Putik festival.


Also read: Vilma Santos-starrer Ekstra nominated at 2015 New York Festivals

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