03 May Filipino Films Win Big At World Fest-Houston Int’l Film Festival
Raymond Bagatsing, Billy Ray Gallion, and David Bianco in “Quezon’s Game” (Photo from IMDb)
Four (4) Filipino films gained international recognition at the 52nd Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival last April 13 at the WorldFest Remi Awards Gala at the HQ Westin Hotel in Houston, Texas.
ABS-CBN’s period film “Quezon’s Game” directed by Matthew Rosen brought home the Best International Feature, Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 Best Picture “Rainbow’s Sunset” directed by Joel Lamangan received the Special Jury Prize, and Cinemalaya 2018 film “School Service” directed by Louie Ignacio and award-winning short film “Judgement” directed by Raymund Ribay Guttierez won Gold Remi Awards.
“Quezon’s Game” also bagged the Special Jury Award and the Gold Remi Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Director.
Meanwhile, “Rainbow’s Sunset” screenwriter Eric Ramos was awarded the Gold Remi Award for Best Story Innovation. Moreover, Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa were acclaimed as Best Actors for their performance in “Rainbow’s Sunset.”
In line with its mission to promote Filipino films and talents globally, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the country’s film agency, takes pride in the triumphs of the Filipino films and film personalities that emerged victorious at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.
“It’s always an honor to see our films being represented and given recognition internationally. The victory of Filipino films, filmmakers, and actors in the recent Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival is a big win for us, and we are truly happy that they continue to bring honor to our country and our local film industry,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.
The Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival is the world’s oldest independent film festival and the third longest-running international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York.