'Respeto' tops Cinemalaya awards


Posted at Aug 13 2017 10:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 14 2017 12:19 AM

Best Film winner 'Respeto with director Alberto Monteras II and cast. Photo by Kiko Cabuena

MANILA -- (UPDATED) "Respeto," "Baconaua" and "Kiko Boksingero" dominated the awards night for the 2017 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Sunday.

Directed by Alberto Monteras II, "Respeto" was named Best Film and also took home the awards for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for Dido de la Paz.

Respeto was cited “for its infectious, propulsive energy, its highly convincing cast of characters and very effective ensemble acting, its breathtaking, nearly epic sweep of the underside of Manila, its expert application of the resources of cinema to depict a teenager’s drive to rise above poverty and violence, its cogent melding of contemporary rap and traditional oral literature, and its sheer humanity and coruscating poetry," according to statement released by Cinemalaya.

The film was also named the audience choice for feature film and received the NETPAC Jury Prize.

The NETPAC jury praised the film “for tackling the complex issue of human rights violations across two generations, musically connected by the vibrant and socially conscious use of language.”

Angeli Bayani, meanwhile, was named best actress for "Bagahe" while former "The Voice Kids" contestant Noel Comia, Jr. took home the best actor award for "Kiko Boksingero."

Cinemalaya winners (from left) Dido de la Paz, Angeli Bayani, Noel Comia, Jr. and Yayo Aguila. Photo by Kiko Cabuena

Here is the full list of winners:

Full-length Feature Film:

Best Full-length Feature Film: Respeto
Best Director: Joseph Israel Laban (Baconaua)
Best Actor: Noel Comia, Jr. (Kiko Boksingero)
Best Actress: Angeli Bayani (Bagahe)
Best Supporting Actor: Dido de la Paz (Respeto)
Best Supporting Actress: Yayo Aguila (Kiko Boksingero)
Best Sound: Corinne de San Jose (Respeto)
Best Musical Score: Kiko Boksingero
Best Editing: Lawrence Ang (Respeto)
Best Production Design: Marxie Maolen Fadul (Nabubulok)
Best Cinematography: (tie) Ike Avellana (Respeto) and TM Malones (Baconaua)
Best Screenplay: Zig Dulay (Bagahe)
Special Jury Prize: Baconaua 
NETPAC Jury Prize: Respeto
Audience Choice: Respeto

Short Film Feature:

Best Short Film: Hilom
Best Screenplay: Duwi Monteagudo (Bawod)
Best Director: E. del Mundo (Manong ng Pa-aling)
Audience Choice: Nakauwi Na
Special Jury Prize: Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25
NETPAC Jury Prize: Aliens Ata

The finalists for next year's competition were also named Sunday.