There was no award for Best Actress, as the seven films this year were centered on male leads.
This year's jury was composed of director Jose Javier Reyes, Hong Kong International Film Festival curator Jacob Wong, film producer Atty. Joji Alonso, film critic Roger Garcia, and Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Tito Genova Valiente.
Jodi Sta. Maria won the Best Supporting Actress award for Third World Happy.
Jodi told the press after the awarding ceremony, "Kahit sino namang artista ang makakuha ng award, masaya, e. Siyempre recognition ito sa trabaho mo, and ako, para sa akin, ito yung gusto kong gawin. Ito yung mahal kong trabaho.
"Yung mga ganitong klaseng award, sobrang bonus na lang ito para sa akin."
The star of Noah attended the event with her son Thirdy.
The Audience Choice Award, which came with a cash prize of P100,000, went to Astro Mayabang, a satire about a young Kapampangan who expresses his nationalism through his flag-themed clothes.
The stars of the movie, John "Sweet" Lapus and Arron Villaflor, accepted the trophy on behalf of their director, Jason Paul Laxamana, who says he is an advocate of regional cinema.
Sweet, one of the hosts of Showbiz Central, revealed that when they were making this film, Direk Jason Paul was actually aiming for the Audience Choice Award. Around 90 percent of the film uses the Kapampangan language.
The jury members decided to give citations to two films: Astro Mayabang and Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirchbaum.
Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirchbaum is the story of a young ambitious Cebuana who thinks that becoming a mail-order bride is her ticket out of poverty.
Director Remton Zuasola shot this film in one take lasting one hour and 30 minutes, as he followed the lead character Terya (Donna Gimeno) walking around the scenic island of Olango, near Cebu.
The Ronnie Lazaro-starrer Ishmael, directed by Richard Somes, bagged awards for technical excellence. These were the awards for Best Production Design (Adrian Torres), Best Cinematography (Alex Espartero), and Best Editing (Borgy Torre).
The horror film Dagim, directed by Joaqui Valdes, won Best Sound (Mark Laccay and James Tabin). Shot for seven days in a remote mountain, this film also stars Martin del Rosario and newcomer Samuel Quintana.
RECIPIENTS OF CINEMA ORIGINAL AWARD. Veteran director Celso Ad. Castillo and independent filmmaker Lav Diaz were the recipients of the festival's first CINEMA ORIGINAL Award.