Iza Calzado was recognized as the most brilliant performer at the prestigious 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival.
The Filipina actress won the Yakushi Pearl Award for her movie “Bliss” last March 11, 2017 at the ABC Hall in Osaka, Japan.
During her acceptance speech, Calzado honored her late parents, Lito Calzado and Maria Antonia Ussher.
“I would like to say a special thank you to my parents who are watching above in heaven and I feel their presence. And thank you so much for motivating me to continue honing my craft and being an actor,” said Calzado.
The ‘Bliss’ actress also expressed gratitude to her film director Jerrold Tarrog, as well as the competition’s jury who selected her as the best performer among all participating films’ cast members.
“Thank you to my director, Jerrold. Thank you to our Filipino crew for all the moral support. I share this award with all the other brilliant performers who are part of the other films,” Calzado stated.
“Thank you so much to the Osaka Asian Film Festival. Thank you to the jury members for selecting me. I am very happy and proud to represent my country, the Philippines, and our film Bliss,” she adds.
The jury members for this year’s competition include Malaysian film director Ho Yuhang (Mrs K), Filipina director Monster Jimenez (Apocalypse Child), and Japanese actress Nakanishi Miho (Over Your Dead Body).
Two other Filipino films — Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Kita Kita” and Borgy Torre’s “Tisay” — also competed in the 12th Okasa Asian Film Festival.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong won big at the international film fest taking home three major awards: “Mad World” (Grand Prix/Best Picture), “Sisterhood” (Fish LIEW, Most Promising Talent Award), and ABC Award (Soul Mate).
Other winners were Thailand’s “By The Time It Gets Dark” (Special Mention), and Japan’s “Love and Goodbye and Hawaii” (JAPAN CUTS Award).