"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.