"Jay" is unanimous choice for Cinemalaya 2008 Best Film

Cinemalaya 2008 winners (from left) Yul Servo,Best Supporting Actor for Brutus; Mylene Dizon, Best Actress for 100;Eugene Domingo, Best Supporting Actress for 100; and Baron Geisler, BestActor for Jay show off their Balanghai trophies.

"It took us four hours to deliberate this year. We did notfight, it's only because we discussed the films very seriously," said MaxTessier to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) right after the awardingceremony of Cinemalaya held last July 20. This is the second time that theFrench critic has been included in the jury of the Cinemalaya PhilippineIndependent Film Festival competition.

The chairman of the five-panel jury of Cinemalaya 2008revealed that he and the other members unanimously decided to give the BestFilm Award to Jay in the full-length category.

The movie directed by Francis Xavier Pasion won "forits sheer originality, its energetic storytelling, its mastery of digitaltechnology in order to tell a story that is a trenchant commentary on thetechnology itself, and its very revealing take on the media and the uses and abusesof the truth..." Aside from earning the Best Actor plum for Baron Geisler,it also won for Best Editing.

Jay, which was shot in Bacolor, Pampanga, tells thestory of Jay Mercado, a homosexual teacher who was brutally murdered in hishome. Jay Santiago (played by Baron) produces a documentary on the slainteacher and helps bring the criminal to justice.


When Baron received the Best Actor award, he tearfullythanked the people who reserved judgment on him. "Para sa lahat ng mga naglaanng pawis, panahon at pagmamahal para magawa ang pelikulang ito. Para sa lahatng mga nanood, sumuporta, at hindi humusga. Para sa mga tunay na kaibigan ko, sapamilya ko at amang Diyos natin...mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino!"

The other jury members who selected this year's winners werefilm actor Cesar Montano; film critic and writer Lito Zulueta; Ansgar Vogt,Berlin International Film Festival programmer; and Kim Ji-Seok, co-founder andprogram director of the Pusan International Film Festival.

Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competitionwith the objective of discovering, encouraging and honoring the cinematic worksof Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipinoexperience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Cinemalaya 2008 winners

Best Film: Jay

Special Jury Award: Brutus for depicting culturecollisions in the context of environmental exploitation

Best Director: Chris Martinez for 100


Best Actress: Mylene Dizon for 100

Best Actor: Baron Geisler for Jay

Best Supporting Actress: Eugene Domingo for 100

Best Supporting Actor: Yul Servo for Brutus

Audience Choice (Full Length): 100

Best Short Film: Andong

Special Jury Award: My Pet for the brave useanimation as a medium of storytelling

Special Jury Citation: Angan-Angan for its depictionof the Mindanao culture and their people's desire for education

Best Director (Shorts): Mark Reyes for God Only Knows

Best Screenplay (Shorts): Andong

Audience Choice (Shorts): God Only Knows

Best Screenplay (Full Length): 100

Best Cinematography: Brutus and Huling Pasada

Best Production Design: Baby Angelo

Best Editing: Jay

Best Musical Score: Joey Ayala for Brutus

Best Sound Recording: Ranchero

Click HERE to view photos of the Cinemalaya 2008 awarding ceremony.


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