Lav Diaz film wins big in 1st World Premieres Film Festival


The winners of the 1st World Premieres Film Festival-Philippines were announced during the awarding ceremonies held last July 2 at the Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia.
The Philippine entry Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (From What Is Before) by filmmaker Lav Diaz won the Grand Festival Award (Best Picture).
Set in 1972 at the advent of Martial Law during the time of the Marcos dictatorship, Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon also won the award for Best Ensemble Performance by the entire cast consisting of Perry Dizon, Roeder Camañag, Hazel Orencia, Mailes Kanapi, among others.
Dizon and Orencia were present to receive the awards for the film, and on behalf of Lav Diaz who is out of the country.
The other grand festival prizes went to the entry from Ecuador, titled Mono Con Gallinas (Open Wound). The film's director, Alfredo León León, personally received the awards for his debut film. The period drama also won the Grand Jury Award and the Technical Grand Prize.
Mono Con Gallinas is set in 1941 during the war between Ecuador and Peru. The film also won for its lead actor, Rene Pastor, the Best Performance award. Director León received the award on his behalf.
"This is totally unexpected. I thank the jury of the World Premieres Film Fest for these awards, for Mono Con Gallinas," an overwhelmed Alfredo León León told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the ceremonies. He was accompanied by his wife, Camilla, during the awarding rites.
The Best Performance by an Actress award was given to Mitra Hajjar of the Iranian film entry, Romantic Nostalgia, by director Reza Azamian.
Crustaceans, by Spanish filmmaker Vicente Perez Herrero, won the Best Artistic Contribution award. Another Spanish film, Coast of Death by Los Patino, won the Cine Verde Award for Best Environmental Feature.
The 1st World Premieres Film Festival Philippines Jury (Main Competition and Cine Verde) is composed of the following:
Main Competition Jury: John Badalu, from Indonesia; Benjamin Illos, from France; Roger Garcia, head of the Hongkong International Film Festival.
Cine Verde Jury: Jennifer Jao, of the Taipei Film Commission; Christian Merrer, from Bangkok; and Ma. Jocelyn Cara Magsanoc Alikpala, from the Philippines.

Here is the complete list of winners in the 1st WPFFP:
Mitra Hajjar, Best Performance by an Actress, Romantic Nostalgia (Iran)

Rene Pastor, Best Performance by an Actor, Mono Con Gallinas/Open Wound (Ecuador)

Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon/ From What Is Before (Philippines), Best Ensemble Performance

Crustaceans (Spain), Best Artistic Contribution
Coast of Death (Spain), Cine Verde Award for Best Environmental Feature

Mono Con Gallinas/Open Wound (Ecuador), Grand Jury Award

Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon/ From What Is Before (Philippines), Grand Festival Award
The World Premieres Film Festival Philippines, spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), runs from June 29 - July 8, 2014 at select SM Cinema branches namely SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Sta. Mesa, and SM Manila.


This event screens 40 festival films from twenty seven countries worldwide.

(Read: FDCP holds World Premieres Film Festival from July 2-8)


(To check screening schedules of the World Premieres Film Festival, CLICK HERE)


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Lav Diaz film Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon wins Grand Festival Award in the 1st World Premieres Film Festival.


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