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‘Pulangui’ bags Best Film Award

December 15, 2018 - Saturday 6:12 PM by Rudolph Alama, Pia Xi

Keisha Halili (holding trophy) receives the best film award for "Pulangui" which won the award at the 16th Mindanao Film Festival awards night on December 10 at Taboan, Matina Town Square.

DAVAO CITY -- The short film “Pulangui” by Bagane Fiola won the Best Film Award in the 16th Mindanao Film Festival held Monday, December 10 at Taboan, Matina Town Square, here. 

The film about two brothers separated by war and reunited by their faith to Allah was shot in Maguindanao and supported by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). The film is a participating entry in this year’s ABS-CBN Cinema One Originals Film Festival.

Keisha Halili, Pulangui producer, thanked OPPAP for its support in making the film. “They believe in our interpretation on how peace should be and they supported to give that interpretation voice in the cinema,” Halili said.

Willie Apa (middle) soundman of "Pulangui" receives his award for best sound with Mindanao Film Festival co-founder Drei Boquiren (left) and concert organizer Bonny Luy (right) .

Presenting the Best Film Award was Film Development Council of the Philippine Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra who also announced that FDCP will be collaborating with the Mindanao Film Festival in conducting a film lab next year where four short films will be chosen and will receive a P100,000 grant. The winning film among the four shorts will be given a production grant of one-million pesos to shoot a full-length feature.

The FDCP also announced that the winner of the best film will fly to Manila for the Film Industry Conference next year. Flights and accommodations will be shouldered by the FDCP; they will also have the chance to meet international film mentors.

Meanwhile, the other awardees of the Mindanao Film Festival are: Best Original Song- Mangarap Ka of “Dante the Musicale”, Best Musical Score- Noi Narciso “Wala’y Nidanguynguy”, Best Sound0 Willie Apa Jr. “Pulangui”, Best Production Design- Rodel Hilado “Rufyla”, Best Editing- Genesis Godwino and Yen Morales “Talang”

Best Cinematography award went to Daniel Clark Cabantan of “Plastic Mirror”, Best Animated Film was “Chase”, Best Student Film was “Midnight Epiphany”, Best Documentary was “Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang”, Best Screenplay- Rosette D. Caoile for “Chase.”

Gabriel Doromal of “Midnight Epiphany” was named as Best Actor while Mareal Anne Naquin of Miya won as Best Actress. Jewel Maranan won as Best Director for her work in “Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang.”

Special Jury Commendation on Visual Effects went to “3021” while the Special Jury Prize was given to “Plastic Mirror.” Kapitan Ele won Best Shoutout while Box Office champion was the short film “Tinik.” Box Office Runner-up was “I Surrender.”

The jurors for the 16th Mindanao Film Festival are filmmakers Benjie Garcia and Tim Rone Villanueva and film and TV actor Mon Confiado.