DAVAO CITY (PIA) - A film which tells the myth of a Davao City barangay was the big winner in the recently held 17th Mindanao Film Festiva.
"Trabungko" written and directed by Joshua Medroso won the Best Film alongside awards for Best Cinematography, Best in Production Design and Best Director plum for Medroso.
Trabungko is the name of a mythical creature, a giant snake who is said to reside in the place during ancient times. The film follows the journey of a prince seeking to avenge his princess. The film was produced with the help of the Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Tibungco.
Meanwhile several films from Mindanao received several awards from the film festival.
"Maglabay Ra In Sakit" A documentary about a Tausug Rapper won best documentary it also won the best original song award, "Anggulo" a film from Iligan won best editing, April Jay Caraballe won best actor awards for Alindahaw, a short film shot in Nasipit Agusan del Norte, Quebradura and animated short from Zamboanga City won best student film, another animation from Zamboanga City "Luminous" won best animated film award, "Asaddi" from Zamboanga City won best screenplay, Juvy Ann Clarito won best actress for her performance in the Davao de Oro shot short "PikPik".
Best musical score went to Davao City film "Bootleg". The full-length action film from Sarangani province "Bahad" was given special citation for pursuing the action genre in regional film. Also given citations were Pikpik (Special Jury Citation) and "Bootleg" (special jury prize)
The jurors of the 17th Mindanao Film Festival included film actress Maxine Eigenmann, who is the lead actress in "Verdict", the Philippines entry to the 2020 Oscars Award for Best Foreign Language Film Category, film archivist and educator Rose Roque, the only current Filipino member in the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, and filmmaker Ryanne Murcia, who is currently the festival director of Festival de Cine Paz Mindanao in Zamboanga City.
The Mindanao Film Festival which was held in December 4-10 is the country's longest running independent regional film festival, organized by the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation Inc. in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Davao Autism Intervention Center Foundation Inc. (PIA/RG Alama)