Director Jay Altarejos opened up about his mental health condition during the awards night of Sinag Maynila 2018.
His movie, Tale of the Lost Boys, was hailed as the Best Film in the 4th edition of this film festival.
"Maraming, maraming salamat po. The last time I was here in Sinag Maynila, I was in the middle of mania. I'm bipolar," revealed Direk Jay when he gave his speech last night, March 11, at the Conrad Hotel.
"I've been through therapy and meds [medication]. This is really special to me.
"It means that I was doing this while in therapy. It means that you can be a responsible and creative person even though you are going through a mental condition."
He then thanked the jury by saying thank you in various languages.
"To Brillante! Brillante, sorry, f*cking Mendoza. Sorry for my words! Thank you very much.
"When I was doing this film in Taiwan, I asked [myself], what am I doing here? I'm involving everyone in my f*cking fantasy.
"It's an ode to friendship because the film was developed through my friendship with the producer.
"In Sinag Maynila 2016, I won Best Screenplay for TPO. There was like a beam of light at the end of the tunnel. Now, parang nandiyan uli ang beam of light.
"Those who have mental conditions can be a responsible co-worker and person. Thank you very much."
Bomba, film about a May-December affair, took home four recognitions: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography.
Founded by film producer Wilson Tieng and Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, the 4th edition of the festival showcases five full-length films, six short films, and six documentaries.
The five full-length films of Sinag Maynila 2018 are Abomination, El Peste, Bomba, Melodrama/Random/Melbourne, and Tale of the Lost Boys.
The short films that competed were: Cesar & Magda, Firestarter, Halusinasyon, Kalye FM, Pompoms, and The Duwende.
The finalists in the documentary category were: Am-amma, Halaga, Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story, Mahal, Tsuper, and Voltaire.
All films are being screened until March 15, 2018 in select SM cinemas namely SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, and SM Bacoor, SM Manila, and SM Sta. Mesa.
Here are the winners of Sinag Maynila 2018:
Best Film: Tale of the Lost Boys
Best Actor: Allen Dizon (Bomba)
Best Actress: Angellie Nicholle Sanoy (Bomba)
Best Director: Ralston Jover (Bomba)
Box Office Award: Tale of the Lost Boys
SM People Choice Award: El Peste
Best Short Film: The Duwende
Best Documentary: Mahal
Jury Prize for Documentary: Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story
Best Sound: Abomination
Best Musical Score: Melbourne
Best Production Design: El Peste
Best Editing: Tale of the Lost Boys
Best Cinematography: Bomba
Best Screenplay: Tale of the Lost Boys