Whammy Alcazaren’s family drama “Never Tear Us Apart” and Carl Papa’s musical animation “Paglisan” won the most number of awards in the Cinema One Originals 2018 film festival, which culminated at the awards night held at Dolphy Theater over the weekend.
This year’s Cinema One Originals’ Best Picture award went to “Paglisan,” which also earned three more wins – Best Screenplay for Carl and Aica Ganhinhin, Best Sound for Jess Carlos, and tied with “Never Tear Us Apart” for Best Music for Teresa Barrozo. The film also got the Champion Bughaw special award.
“Never Tear Us Apart,” meanwhile, got the Jury Prize along with five technical awards – Best Music for Erwin Romulo, Juan Miguel Sobrepena, and Malek Lopez, Best Production Design for Thesa Tang, Best Editing for Ilsa Malsi, Best Cinematography for Sasha Palomares, and Best Director for Whammy.
“Mamu; And A Mother Too” also won big, with lead actress Iyah Mina hailed as Best Actress, the first transgender woman recognized for acting in the festival.
Iyah offered her award to the LGBT community. She said in her heartwarming acceptance speech, “This is for the trans community… for equality.”
The comedy drama by Rod Singh also earned the Audience Choice award and granted Arron Villaflor his Best Supporting Actor win.
The Best Actor award, meanwhile, went to Alwyn Uytingco, star of the comedy fantasy “Asuang” while “Hospicio’s” Mary Joy Apostol bagged the Best Supporting Actress win.
The awarding ceremonies also gave a special citation to “A Short History of a Few Bad Things,” the crime drama by Keith Deligero which the filmmaker dubbed as his love letter to Cebu.
Jodi Sta. Maria and Xian Lim hosted the Cinema One Originals awards night.
Best Picture: “Paglisan”
Best Director: Whammy Alcazaren, “Never Tear Us Apart”
Best Screenplay: Carl Papa and Aica Ganhinhin, “Paglisan”
Best Sound: Jess Carlos, “Paglisan”
Best Music: Teresa Barrozo, “Paglisan;” and Erwin Romulo, Juan Miguel Sobrepena, Malek Lopez, “Never Tear Us Apart”
Best Editing: Ilsa Malsi, “Never Tear Us Apart”
Best Production Design: Thesa Tang, “Never Tear Us Apart”
Best Cinematography: Sasha Palomares, “Never Tear Us Apart”
Best Actor: Alwyn Uytingco, “Asuang”
Best Actress: Iyah Mina, “Mamu; and A Mother Too”
Best Supporting Actor: Arron Villaflor, “Mamu; and A Mother Too”
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Joy Apostol, “Hospicio”
Jury Prize: “Never Tear Us Apart”
Special Citation: “A Short History of a Few Bad Things”
Audience Choice: “Mamu; And A Mother Too”
Champion Bughaw Award: “Paglisan”
Best in Short Film: “Manila Is Full Of Men Named Boy,” Andrew Stephen Lee
C1 Minute Student Film Competition: “Paray Kay Tatay,” Christlin Conanan, UP Diliman
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