Earl DC Bracamonte (Philstar.com) – May 3, 2021 – 1:06 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines – Multi-award winning Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza has traveled the crossroads of Europe and Asia, from Moscow – where he led a panel of jurors at a film festival – to another festival in films in Turkey, to receive accolades as an accomplished filmmaker at the International Bosphorus Filmfest (IBFF), also known as the Istanbul Ulurararasi Bogazici Festival.
On its website, the organizers wrote that the purpose of the IBFF, which will be owned by the Bogazici Cinema Association, is to contribute to the development of films that have ethical, aesthetic and technological integrity in Turkey and in the world; materially and morally support young producers and directors in the production of new films – keep the idea of the country’s cinema promise with an identity or an agenda – and carry out the necessary activities to this end, as well as promote Turkish cinema both in locally and internationally.
The feature films category, with entries of at least 75 minutes, had the recipients for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Photography, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. All monetary rewards were in Turkish Lira.
In addition, the Ahmet Ulakay Grand Prize of £ 25,000 plus a Golden Dolphin Trophy was awarded to the best short film (up to 20 minutes long) of the festival. The award-winning directors were all compelled to attend the ceremony. A prize won (by a candidate) was not awarded to those who did not attend the ceremony, even if they won a category.
The 43rd Moscow Film Festival, which just ended, took place from April 22 to 29. Judging 14 main nominations, Mendoza headed a jury made up of Serbian producer Milos Bimovic, Brazilian director Karim Ainouz and Russian screenwriters / directors Nigina Sayfulaeva and Yuri Poteenko.
Previously, among Mendoza’s many accomplishments was the Best Director award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Kinatay”, edging out frontrunner Quentin Tarantino who directed “Inglorious Basterds”. And by receiving the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for his acclaimed film project, “Taklub”. He was also the most award-winning director and producer at the 2019 Metro Manila annual film festival for his entry “Mindanao,” which starred Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon, both of whom won top acting honors.