The Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula At Video celebrated its 30th anniversary with a good harvest of cinematic talents this year. This is the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region.
Established in 1987, the Gawad Alternatibo annually cites the best efforts of Filipino filmmakers in four categories – Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Short Feature. It has been one of the main components of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which runs from August 3 to 12, 2018 at various CCP theaters and select Ayala cinemas.
Josef Gacutan’s ‘WAG MO ‘KONG KAUSAPIN took the lead in the Animation category. Joshua Q. Dela Cruz’s PEACEKEEPER and Rosette D. Caoile’s CHASE received the second prize and third prize, respectively. Honorable mentions were: KATUNGKULAN (DUTY) by Fria Therese Mae B. Ellorenco, LARO BY AUTOTELIC by Neil Russel R. Fandiño; and, NATURAL SELECTION by Fatima Abeer W. Uking.
ANG PAGTUKLAS SA LARANGAN NG PAGIGING MARIA CLARA by Lady B. Vicente was judged the best in the Experimental category. Second prize went to MISSING CASSETTES, OR THINGS LOST WHEN MOVING by Mervine Aquino, while SA TABI NG MGA ANITO by Gabrielle Lloyd D. Reyes won third prize. E by Jose Mojica and ANG KABIT NI PAPA by Robin Estargo were honorable mentions.
Jury members Carl Joseph E. Papa, Grace A. Dimaranan and Nelson “Blog” Caliguia, Jr. judged both the Animation and Experimental categories.
Top prizes in the Documentary category went to PAGKATAPOS NG TIGKIRIWI by Danielle Madrid, BINIBINING DETAINEE by Max Canlas, and OUR LIVES AND OTHER FAIRYTALES by Alyssa Suico. Honorable mentions were given to MANOY TAGHOY by Arjanmar Rebeta and BUKID, GULOD, LIBIS by Brian Sulicipan and Christelle Delvo. The judges for this category were: DITSI CAROLINO, JAJA ARUMPAC and TOPS BRUGADA.
For the Short Feature category, RUFYLA by Coleen Tanco won the first prize, which also received the Best Regional Entry award. PALABAS (A COUNTRY IN MOVING PICTURES) by Arjanmar H. Rebeta and PARA KAY JAMES by Steven Paul Evangelio were tied for the second place. Third prize was WALA’Y HUMAYAN SA TANGLAD by Neil Angelo Briones. Honorable mentions were SA GABING TANGING LIWANAG AY PANINIWALA by Francis Guillermo and ASWANG by Hannah Grace Maur. Best Entry On/For/By Children was awarded to AMUSIN PA by Raiza Masculino. The winners were selected by jury members PAM MIRAS, THOP NAZARENO and ZIG DULAY.
Winners in all categories each received a cash prize, as well as certificate.