Ai-Ai delas Alas emerged as Best Actress while Eddie Garcia was named as Best Actor in the 2018 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
Ai-Ai top-billed the drama film School Service while Eddie was recognized for playing a colonel in ML.
A tearful Therese Malvar faced the crowd as she accepted the Balanghai award during the awarding ceremony.
This marks the first time for an actress to tie with herself in one acting category. She was named Best Supporting Actress for her films Distance and School Service.
Ketchup Eusebio received the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his portrayal of a gay son in Mamang.
The Cinemalaya 2018 winners were revealed during the awards night held earlier tonight, August 12, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
For the 14th edition of Cinemalaya, the entries were screened at the CCP and select Ayala Malls cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, U.P. Town Center, and Ayala Mall Legazpi in Bicol).
The 10 competing full-length entries were: Distance by Perci Intalan; Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) by Carlo Enciso Catu; Kuya Wes by James Robin Mayo; Liway by Kip Oebanda; Mamang by Denise O'Hara; ML by Benedicto Mique Jr.; Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) by Iar Lionel Arondaing; Pan De Salawal (Miracle Bread) by Che Espiritu; School Service by Louie Ignacio; and The Lookout by Afi Africa.
As for the short film category, the entries that competed were Babylon by Keith Deligero; Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Kiko by Jojo Driz; Logro by Kani Villaflor; Nangungupahan (Who Rents There Now?) by Glenn Barit; Sa Saiyang Isla (In His Island) by Christian Candelaria; Si Astri maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) by Xeph Suarez; Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold) by Jarell Serencio; Yakap by Mika Fabella and Rafael Froilan Jr.; and You, Me and Mr. Wiggles by Jav Velasco.
Here is the list of winners of Cinemalaya 2018:
Best Film (Full-length): Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (With P350,000 cash prize and film distribution grant from FDCP)
Best Film (Short Film): Jodilerks Dela Cruz (P150,000 cash prize)
Best Director (Full-length): Che Espiritu for Pan de Salawal
Best Director (Short Film): Xeph Suarez for Si Astri maka si Tambulah
Special Jury Award (Full-length): Pan de Salawal (P100,000 cash prize)
Special Jury Award (Short Film): Si Astri maka si Tambulah (P50,000 cash prize)
Special Jury Commendation for: Liway
Special Jury Citation for Child Actors:
Miel Espinosa for Pan De Salawal
JM Salvado for Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma
Ken Ken Nuyad for Liway and School Service
Best Actress: Ai-Ai delas Alas for School Service
Best Actor: Eddie Garcia for ML
Best Supporting Actress (tie): Therese Malvar for Distance and School Service
Best Supporting Actor: Ketchup Eusebio for Mamang
Netpac Full-length: Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon
Netpac Short Film: Sa Saiyang Isla
Best Screenplay (Full-length): Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon
Best Screenplay (Short Film): Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria
Best Cinematography: Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon
Best Sound: Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma
Best Original Score: Pan de Salawal
Best Production Design: Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon
Audience Choice Award:
Full-Length: Liway by Kip Oebanda (with P75,000 cash prize)
Short Film: Kiko
The Nespresso Vertical Shorts Competition 2018 had the theme "Pagmamalasakit" (Empathy)
Best Film: SLN by Brian Spencer Reyes (P50,000 cash prize)
1st runner-up: Braveheart by Kevin Tuason (P30,000 cash prize)
2nd runner-up: Ako by Jonnel Revistual (P20,000 cash prize)