A Filipino short film set in a dumpsite bagged two prizes in the 31st Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival recently held in France.
The Cinemalaya 2008 entry Andong took home the Prix du Public (Audience Prize) and Prix de la Presse (Press Prize) from the French filmfest that was conducted from January 30 through February 7, 2009. This short film, directed by Rommel "Milo" Tolentino, was one of 75 entries competing worldwide in the international category.
Andong is about a six-year-old boy who is obsessed about acquiring twenty pesos. The film shows the dynamics of a family with a hand-to-mouth existence.
This year's edition screened over 200 films selected from 6,100 entries received from more than 100 countries. Approximately 130,000 attendees were expected to join the festival's eight-day run, which is devoted exclusively to the art of short filmmaking.
Regarded as the "Cannes" of short film festivals, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the most important cinematographic event in the world dedicated to short films.