Cinemalaya 2012 winners unveiled; four actresses receive Best Ensemble award

Eddie Garcia (left) won Best Actor in the 8th edition of Cinemalaya for the film Bwakaw. Agot Isidro, Janice de Belen, Iza Calzado, and Judy Ann Santos won the Best Ensemble award for Mga Mumunting Lihim in the Director's Showcase category.

The winners of the 2012 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival were announced last night, July 29, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The awards night marks the end of the 10-day film festival that showcased 25 films: 10 films competing at the New Breed category, 10 short films and five Director's Showcase category entries.

The ten films that competed in the New Breed full length feature category were Aparisyon by Vincent Sandoval, Ang Katiwala by Aloy Adlawan, Ang Nawawala by Marietta "Marie" Jamora, Mga Dayo by Julius Sotomayor Cena, Diablo by Mes de Guzman, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino by Lemuel Lorca, Oros by Paul Sta. Ana, REquieme! by Loy Arcenas, Santa Niña by Emmanuel Quindo Palo, and The Animals by Gino Santos.

Five films in the Director's Showcase are Bwakaw by Jun Robles Lana, Kalayaan (Wildlife) by Adolfo Alix Jr., Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets) by Jose Javier Reyes, Posas (Shackled) by Lawrence Fajardo, and Kamera Obskura by Raymond Red.

The short films selected this year were: Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, As He Sleeps by Sheron Dayoc, Balintuna by Emmanuel Escalona Jr., Bohe Sons of the Waves by Nadjoua Bansil, Manenaya by Richard Legaspi, Pasahero by Mario Celada, Ruweda by Hannah Espia, Sarong Aldaw by Marianito Dio Jr., Ulian (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez, and Victor by Jarell Serencio.

During the awards night, there was some confusion regarding the winner of the Best Supporting Actress category of the Director's Showcase category. The host announced that the winners were the four stars of Mga Mumunting Lihim (Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen).

However, moments later, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera announced that Anita Linda won Best Supporting Actress for Sta. Niña, which is in the New Breed category.

Finally, screenwriter Ricky Lee went onstage and clarified: instead of citing Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in the Director's Showcase category, a prize called Best Ensemble will be given to the lead actresses of Mga Mumunting Lihim.


Here is the complete list of winners for the 8th edition of Cinemalaya:

Director's Showcase:

Audience Choice - Bwakaw
Best Screenplay - Mga Mumunting Lihim
Best Sound - Kalayaan
Best Original Musical Score - Kamera Obskura
Best Editing - Mga Mumunting Lihim
Best Production Design - Kalayaan
Best Cinematography - Kalayaan
Best Supporting Actor - Art Acuña (Posas)
Best Ensemble - Judy Ann Santos, Agot Isidro, Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen (Mga Mumunting Lihim)
Best Actor - Eddie Garcia (Bwakaw)
Special Jury Prize - Kamera Obskura
NETPAC Awardee - Bwakaw
Best Director - Raymond Red (Kamera Obskura)
Best Film - Posas

New Breed:

Audience Choice - Ang Nawawala
Best Screenplay - Requieme
Best Sound - Aparisyon
Best Original Musical Score - Ang Nawawala
Best Editing - The Animals
Best Production Design - Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino
Best Cinematography - Diablo
Best Supporting Actor - Joross Gamboa (Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino)
Best Supporting Actress - Anita Linda (Sta. Nina)
Best Actor - Kristoffer King (Oros)
Best Actress - Ama Quiambao (Diablo)
Special Jury Prize - Requieme
NETPAC Awardee - Diablo
Best Director - Mes De Guzman (Diablo)
Best Film - Diablo

Short Features:

Audience Choice - Ruweda
Best Screenplay - Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong
Special Jury Prize - Manenaya
Best Director - Sheron Dayoc (As He Sleeps)
Best Short Film - Victor





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