The Young Critics Circle chose Qiyamah as the best film of 2012. Featuring Tetchie Agbayani as a baylan, this film is about the apocalypse taking place in a farm village where Muslims and Christians live.
Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s film is described by the YCC as a "poetic depiction of a rural village haunted by the specter of the apocalypse (Qiyamah in Islam)."
Nora Aunor was chosen best performer for her role as Shaleha, a Badjao midwife, in Thy Womb. The Superstar previously received the YCC's acting award in 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995.
Qiyamah was produced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines to be part of the first Sineng Pambansa Film Festival in June 2012.
Two other films were nominated in the Best Film category: Arnel Mardoquio’s Ang Paglalakbay ng Mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s Kalayaan.
Qiyamah also earned the Best Editing plum. It tied with Kalayaan for the category Best Sound and Aural Orchestration.
The Best Screenplay award went to Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim by writer/director Arnel Mardoquio.
Meanwhile, Kalayaan garnered the Best Cinematography award.
Below is the list of winners and nominees for all categories:
Winner: Qiyamah, directed by Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Film Development Council of the Philippines; Gutierrez Mangansakan II, producer)
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, directed by Arnel Mardoquio (Cinema One Originals, Skyweaver Productions, Red Motion Media, Hyde Out Entertainment, Alchemy of Vision and Light; Conrad Cejoco, producer; Fe Virtudazo-Hyde, co-producer; Ronald Arguelles, executive producer)
Kalayaan, directed by Adolfo Alix Jr. (Cinemalaya Foundation, Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart, Global Film Initiative, Phoenix Features, Wa Entertainment; Arleen Cuevas, producer; Kousuke Ono, Kiki Sugino, co-producers)
Winner: Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
Kristoffer King, Oros
Ama Quiambao, Diablo
Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Aparisyon
Kristofer Martin, Oros
Winner: Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Arnel Mardoquio
Aparisyon, Vincent Sandoval and Jerry Gracio
Kalayaan, Adolfo Alix Jr.
Oros, Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela
Qiyamah, Gutierrez Mangansakan II
Thy Womb, Henry Burgos
Winner: Qiyamah, Arnel Barbarona and Gutierrez Mangansakan II
Aparisyon, Jerrold Tarog and Vincent Sandoval
Jingle Lang ang Pahina, Aimee Apostol-Escasa
Kalayaan, Aleks Castañeda
Thy Womb, Kats Serraon
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND VISUAL DESIGN
Winner: Kalayaan, Albert Banzon (cinematography) and Adolfo Alix Jr. (production design)
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Arnel Barbarona and McRobert Nacario (cinematography) and Bagwani Ampalayo (production design)
Diablo, Tristan Salas (cinematography) and Cesar Hernando (production design)
Kamera Obskura, Raymond Red (cinematography), Mikey Red (art direction), Daniel Red and Cesar Hernando (production design), Edrie Ocampo and Pablo Biglang-Awa (visual effects)
Qiyamah, McRobert Nacario (cinematography) and Perry Dizon (production design)
Thy Womb, Odyssey Flores (cinematography) and Brillante Mendoza (production design)
SOUND AND AURAL ORCHESTRATION
Winners: Kalayaan, Teresa Barrozo (music) and Ditoy Aguila (sound design), and Qiyamah, Raphael Pulgar (music) and Arnel Barbarona (sound design)
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Arbi Barbarona (sound design)
The awarding ceremony will be held last week of July 2013 at the University of the Philippines Diliman.