THIS year’s Guam International Film Festival (GIFF), held on the little Micronesian island, saw prizes handed out at the start of the month.
The Guam International Film Festival proudly presents an international cinema event exhibiting a new and dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the U.S and Pacific Asia’s multi-cultural population and region.
Of note, two major awards went to the Philippines, including Achievement in Acting for actor Buboy Villar and Best Narrative Feature for That Thing Called Tadhana.
The two wins prompted festival organisers to state “Filipino cinema is HOT right now!” on their Facebook page, a sentiment also echoed by many quarters of international cinema at present. The Philippines will also be put in the spotlight later this month at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, where the works of Brillante Mendoza will be showcased.
The only other country scoring multiple wins at Guam is Taiwan, which won Best Documentary Short for Poetries from the Bookstores and the Best of Festival award for Welcome to the Happy Days.
GIFF is the first and only annual U.S. film festival held in the Western Pacific.
Achievement in Acting
Buboy Villar for Kid Kulafu
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
Poetries from the Bookstores
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
Children of the Arctic
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature
That Thing Called Tadhana
Best of Festival
Welcome to the Happy Days
Best Made in the Marianas
DOCOMO PACIFIC Audience Choice Award
Jilel – The Calling of the Shell
Featured image via Guam International Film Festival’s Facebook page.