2017 proved to be another fruitful and memorable year for noted indie actor Leon Miguel. He won Best Actor for his short film “Galit na Aso,” directed by Indian filmmaker Angkit Rawat at at the International Film Festival Manhattan 2017, where he also won as Best Actor in 2016 for his starter “Redlights,” another short film, directed by Christian Lat. “Redlights” also won the Silver Award at the Viddsee Juree Awards. The IFFM has Luis Pedron as festival director.
I had the chance to meet Leon Miguel for the first time when I covered the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2012. At that time, the film he appeared in (as the main villain) “Graceland” was in competition. Since then, I’m glad to note Leon Miguel has gone a long way, making significant and relevant films and winning awards along the way.
In “Galit na Aso,” Leon played a homeless guy named Osang, who has lived in the streets for many years, “searching for comfort, shelter, food and most of all acceptance, but always kicked around, shooed away or ignored by the people in the streets. He sees the commission of crimes and cruelties of today’s world day and night,” Leon described his role.
“Galit na Aso” also given the Most Popular Film Award at the IFFM 2017.
After the IFFM 2017, Leon proceeded to attend the Los Angeles Philippine International Film 2017 (founded by Abe Pagtama) where the film “EJK (Extra Judicial Killing)” was screened. “EJK,” directed by Rolando Sanchez, stars Mon Confiado, Leon Miguel, Felix Roco and DJ Durano among others.
From Los Angeles, Leon went back to New York to do a movie with a Ukranian stage actress. He was also interviewed by Pinoy Houston TV. All these experiences have been 2017 an exciting year for the indie actor.
By the way, Leon who celebrates his birth anniversary on Dec. 17, also stars in the movie “Siargao,” an official entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. Directed by Paul Soriano, “Siargao” is topbilled by Jericho Rosales. Leon plays Stephen, brother of Jericho’s character.
Being in a film that is an official entry to the annual MMFF is also another milestone for the indie actor.
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