3 PH films get nods at Aussie awards
Three Filipino films have bagged nominations in regional film tilts in Australia.
Avid Liongoren’s “Saving Sally” has received a nod for best animated feature film at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
Paolo Ballesteros has also scored a best actor nomination for Jun Robles Lana’s “Die Beautiful,” while the movie is up for the Cultural Diversity Award, which is “under the patronage of the Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization),” at the APSA, considered “Asia-Pacific’s highest accolade in film.”
This year, Filipino filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr. is part of the jury, which is headed by Australian editor Jill Bilcock (“Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo + Juliet”). The APSA ceremony will be held on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Red’s “Birdshot” is the lone Philippine entry vying for the Best Asian Film honor at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).
The only Southeast Asian film in the lineup, “Birdshot” is competing with eight other high-profile films from the region. “Birdshot” is the Philippines’ entry in the best foreign language film category of next year’s Academy Awards.
AACTA has picked Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe as the president of the Best Asian Film jury. “The caliber, range and diversity of Asian cinema are extraordinary,” Crowe told the AACTA website. The 7th AACTA Awards will be held on Dec. 6 in Sydney.—BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.