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‘John Denver Trending’ dominates Cinemalaya 2019

By: - Reporter
/ 10:01 AM August 12, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines — “John Denver Trending” directed by Arden Rod Condez dominated this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival after bringing home six trophies during its awards night Sunday. 

“John Denver Trending” was named Best Film while Jansen Magpusao, who played the titular role, was named Best Actor. 


Other awards brought home by the film were Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music Score and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Jury Prize.

Ruby Ruiz brought home the Best Actress award for her role as an autistic child’s grandmother in film “Iska” directed by Theodore Boborol.


Seasoned actor Ricky Davao won Best Supporting Actor award for “F#*@bois” directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr. and Ella Cruz won Best Supporting Actress for “Edward” directed by Thop Nazareno.

Here is the list of full-length and short film winners in this year’s Cinemalaya:

Audience Choice Award (Short Feature): Heist School by Julius Renomeron Jr.

Audience Choice Award (Full-length): Belle Douleur by Joji V. Alonso

Best Screenplay (Short Feature): Gilb Baldoza (Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Niya)

Best Director (Short Feature): Don Senoc (Sa Among Agwat)

Best Film (Short Feature): ‘Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin


Best Sound (Full-length): Immanuel Verona (Iska)

Best Original Music Score (Full-length): Len Calvo (John Denver Trending)

Best Production Design (Full-length): Alvin Francisco (Edward)

Best Editing (Full-length): Benjo Ferrer III (John Denver Trending)

Best Cinematography (Full-length): Rommel Sales (John Denver Trending)

Best Screenplay (Full-length): Mary Rose Colindres (Iska)

Best Supporting Actor (Full-length): Ricky Davao (F#*@bois)

Best Supporting Actress (Full-length): Ella Cruz (Edward)

Best Actor (Full-length): Jansen Magpusao (John Denver Trending)

Best Actress (Full-length): Ruby Ruiz (Iska)

Best Director (Full-length): Eduardo Roy Jr. (F#*@bois)

Best Film (Full-length): John Denver Trending

NETPAC Jury Award (Short Feature): Disconnection Notice (Glenn Lowell Averia)

NETPAC Jury Award (Full-length): John Denver Trending (Arden Rod Condez)

Special Mention Citation for an Outstanding Short Film: Sa Among Agwat (Don Senoc)

Special Jury Award (Short Feature): Tembong (Shaira Advincula)

Special Jury Award (Full-length): Edward (Thop Nazareno)

Shorts Special Mention for Subject Matter: Norvin de los Santos (Hele ng Maharlika) /je


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