Article and Photos by Patricia Simone Dauz

Tessie Tomas
            “Sobrang gulat, kasi nagsimula yung character na supporting lang talaga…tapos lumaki, nagre-edit. Kumbaga, mas nagfocus dun sa relationship naming mag-ina. Umangat ngayon yung kategorya ko sa Best Actress. Sobrang luck…swerte. I believe in luck,” related the best actress.

In the film Water Lemon directed by Lem Lorca, Tomas played the role of Pina, mother to Filemon (Jun-Jun Quintana) whose Asperger’s Syndrome gets in the way of his keeping a job and relating with others.

This year is the 3rd edition of the festival and the films included in the lineup were screened at Gateway, Robinson’s Galleria, and Trinoma from October 22 to 31. Other winners that night were: Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Mang Patalo (Audience Choice Award and Gender Sensitivity Award); Annicka Dolonius (Best Supporting Actress, Apocalypse Child); Lou Veloso (Best Supporting Actor, Water Lemon); Lilit Reyes (Best Screenplay, Water Lemon); Lawrence Ang (Best Artistic Achievement for Editing, Apocalypse Child), Mario Cornejo (Best Director, Apocalypse Child), Dominic Roco (Best Actor, Sleepless), Crescent Rising (Netpac Prize for Best Documentary), Sleepless (Netpac Jury Prize for Best Picture), and Apocalypse Child (Circle Competition Best Picture). Out of all the films, Apocalypse Child was the big winner with four awards. Some awards included a cash prize like the Gender Sensitivity Award (PhP50,000).

Award-winning films Apocalypse Child, Crescent Rising, Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Mang Patalo, and Sleepless have additional screenings on October 31.

The awarding ceremony was held last October 28 at the Quezon City Museum located inside Quezon City Memorial Circle near the Commonwealth Entrance. The NETPAC jury members were Philip Cheah (NETPAC VP and BigO editor), Doo-yong Lee (first Korean director in Cannes), and Richard Bolisay (film critic). The board of jurors for the Circle competition films were Raya Martin (award-winning filmmaker), Manet Dayrit (Central Digital Lab CEO), Lorna Tee (film producer), Andrew Leavold (documentary director) and Moira Lang (screenwriter/producer).

This year’s festival director is UPFI director Ed Lejano. 168 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition according to QCFDC co-chairperson Joy Belmonte. Tomas yearns to write a script in the future and join competitions such as this. “Nangangarap akong magsulat at magproduce, but not necessarily direct,” she quipped.

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