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The film, which competed in the Filipino New Cinema section of the WPFF, bagged four other awards-best sound for Corinne de San Jose; best editing, Benjamin Tolentino; best cinematography, Ronald Rebutica; and special citation for acting ensemble.
'The production had to brave a lot of challenges when funders backed out, because they thought it was difficult to talk about the Bangsamoro as a result of the Mamasapano incident last year,' the director told the Inquirer at the after-party of the 2016 WPFF opening ceremony at the Cinematheque Center in Ermita, Manila.
I was pleased with her, he shared with the Inquirer during the press conference hosted by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), organizer of the WPFF.
The 2016 WPFF will be held from June 29 to July 10.
In tandem with the WPFF is the International Film Exposition (IFX), one of the premier film expositions and film markets in South East Asia, which will be held from June 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center.
Participation in the WPFF, says festival director Teodoro Granados, will open doors to a dynamic Asian audience that will promote global cinema in the region.
Last Wednesday, the FDCP launched the festival with the theme, "Enjoy the Scene." The WPFF will showcase over 60 films.
Santos also said that for the first time the activities of both the WPFF and FDCP would be concentrated in one area-the 2,000-square meter Cinematheque Center on 855 TM Kalaw Ave.
Alongside international films, the WPFF celebrates national filmmaking talent specifically in the Filipino New Cinema section, which presents poignant Filipino film narratives to an international audience, the FDCP chief added.
Filipino auteur Lav Diaz' five-and-half-hour masterpiece Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon was the top winner during the WPFF's first edition last year.
Below is WPFF's complete schedule of the screenings.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), organizer of the World Premiere Film Festival (WPFF), has added another section to this year's film derby to be held in June.
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