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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pinoy indie film 'Busong' bags grand prize at National Geographic filmfest

Filipino independent film “Busong” (“Palawan Fate”) won the grand prize in the National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Festival (ARFF) in Washington, D.C.

"Busong," a  film about the vanishing Palawan tribe in the Philippines, bested 25 other indigenous film entries from around the world to win the Merata Mita Award named in honor of a noted Maoiri filmmaker, a news release of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

“It is an honor to receive the Merata Mita Award which I dedicate to my mother and to my tribe, the Palawanon,” said Filipino director Aureus Solito after receiving the award from All Roads Film Festival director Francine Blythe.

Solito also mentioned that it was based on stories told to him by his mother when he was young where Palawanon’s search for a healer and meet people along the way.
After the awarding ceremonies, “Busong” which was co-sponsored by the Philippine Embassy was screened at the National Geographic headquarters on September 27.

Chosen from over 300 film entries for the ARFF, “Busong” stars Filipina actress Alessandra de Rossi.

The movie tells the tale of two siblings Angkadang (Rodrigo Santikan) and Punay (de Rossi) and their journey in Palawan, the film’s official website said. 

“Busong” first premiered last year in the Cannes International Film Festival's Directors Fortnight section.
It won Best Director, Best Sound Design, and Best Musical Score at Cinemalaya 2011′s Directors Showcase category.

Aside from this, it also received the following awards:
  • International Federation of Film Critics International Critics Prize Eurasia International Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the
  • International Competition Tomorrow's Cinema Award at the 38th Brussels International Independent Film Festival in Belgium.
- VVP, GMA News

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