Nora Aunor, Mendoza top Brisbane film-making tilt

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Ms. Nora Aunor bagged the Best Actress Award of the movie “Thy Womb” at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Bribane, Australia. Photo courtesy of Tempo.com.ph

By Digna D. Banzon

DAVAO CITY (24-Nov-2012/PNA) – Award winning director Brillante Mendoza again got the Best Director award for his movie “Thy Womb” at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Bribane, Australia, Friday while Ms. Nora Aunor bagged the Best Actress Award of the same film.

The announcement was made before the Philippine premier of Thy Womb held Friday evening at Cinema 3 of SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.

Mendoza, in his brief message, said it was an honor and privilege that through this film, the Filipino culture will be know to viewers in other countries.

He was proud to say that Nora Aunor was the first Filipina actress that won this kind of award.

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairman Briccio Santos, for his part, said they would be looking forward to more masterpieces of the country’s leading filmmaker Brillante Mendoza even as he said that his works could bring peace to Filipino people.

In a press conference earlier, Santos said films like this about Mindanao could support the ongoing peace process as it also shows the richness of the island, saying there are lots of talents that are untapped and there are areas that could be showcased like Marawi and Lanao.

He said the government is more focused on development programs, saying that before only 20 films were made but now they had supported about 60 to 65 films by end of 2012. The country will have about eight Cinematheque by 2013.

The Philippine Cinematheque is a vital part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program of the FDCP, whose mission is designed and is destined to be an alternative and accessible venue for classic and contemporary Filipino films. Both mainstream and independent, for state-of-the-art foreign films sourced through the FDCP’s Film Cultural Exchange Program with other countries and for workshops and symposiums on directing, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and all other aspects of film-making.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said the film Thy Womb also shows the other side of Mindanao, its rich natural resources and the culture.

“It offers the other side of Mindanao and hopes this will encourage other filmmakers to explore the island,” he said.

Writer Henry Burgos said writing the story is quiet difficult and they really need to immerse in the Badjao Village for them to really know them well, the people, the community and its culture.

Nora Aunor said it was really a different experience at iba talaga kung nandun ka mismo sa lugar (referring to Tawi-Tawi) kaysa mga kwentong naririnig mo lang (there’s a big difference when you are there than just hearing the story).

She related at the press conference the difficulties of people like accessing to medicines even as she shared that talks are now ongoing where she intended to give some of the earnings she gets from the film by putting up a health facility with a staff that could assist people on their health needs.

She said she is willing to do another film while Mendoza said they are always on the look for real life stories of people.

Mendoza, however, said independent filmmakers need support, stressing that people also must know that indie films are just like the regular film, it is a full length movie.

He said in order for them to survive there has to be an audience building program.

“Indie films will survive with the help of government through Cinematheque, media for writing and advocating more about indie films and the artists themselves to reach out to the audience,” Mendoza said. (PNA)

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