(From left) Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Italian director Italo Spinelli, Cinemanila founding director Tikoy Aguiluz, and Film Development Council of the Philippines Chairman Briccio Santos. Spinelli won the Lino Brocka Grand Prize in the Main Competition category for his film Gangor.

Photo: Jude Bautista

The awards ceremony for the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival was held last night, November 17, at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.

Filipino filmmakers ruled the competition, winning citations in categories where they competed against foreign filmmakers.

Internationally renowned director Lav Diaz won the Grand Jury Prize in the Main Competition for his six-hour film Siglo ng Pagluluwal.

U.S.-based Filipino director Benito Bautista also won a special mention in the SEA Films in Competition category for his film Boundary.

Filipino directors also took home prizes in other categories like Digital Lokal and Young Cinema Shorts in Competition.

CINEMANILA. The Cinemanila International Film Festival is an annual event that is being promoted as the local version of the main film festivals abroad, including Cannes, Pusan, and Rotterdam.

It invites foreign and local filmmakers to submit films for exhibition and competition.

Most of the time, films already in competition in other foreign festivals also join Cinemanila.

Founded by director Tikoy Aguiluz in 1999, the Cinemanila International Film Festival aims to bring the best cinema of the world to the Filipino people.

This year, the festival opened on November 11, 2011 and ended last night.

Screenings were held at Market! Market! in Taguig City.

Cinemanila assembled a credible set of judges for the competition.

For the International Competition, Filipino actor Yul Servo and Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani were the judges.

Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles and Jeonju International Film Festival director Min Byung-Lock were the judges for the SEA Films in Competition category.

For Young Cinema, the judges were Filipino cinematograher Carlo Mendoza, American film/video curator Joel Shepard, and Guam-based director Kel Muña.