Mainstream Actors and Directors Dominate Cinemalaya 2010 Awards

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Mark Meily's "Donor" was hailed as "Best Film" of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's newest category, the Directors Showcase, at the event's awards night held on July 18 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The Directors Showcase is a category that pits mainstream movie directors' works against each other.

The jury picked the film "for its mastery of nearly all the technical elements of filmmaking, its all-too-real depiction of the compromises and sacrifices that Filipinos go through to get out of the poverty trap, and its engaging portrayal of a woman forced to donate a part of her body in order to discover herself."

Pam Miras' "Wag Kang Titingin" and Sheron Dayoc's "Halaw" were named best films in the New Breed Short Feature and New Breed Full Length Feature categories, respectively.

Mainstream thespians also dominated the best actors and actresses categories in the Directors Showcase, Full Length, and Short Feature. Baron Geisler and Meryll Soriano added another Best Actor and Best Actress awards in their resume for their portrayal in "Donor."

Veteran actor Tirso Cruz III was named as Best Supporting Actor for Joel Lamangan's "Sigwa." John Arcilla ("Halaw") and Emilio Garcia ("Rekrut") were cited as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, in the Full Length category.

In the same category, young actress Lovi Poe got the Best Actress trophy for "Mayohan," while LJ Reyes ("The Leaving") won Best Supporting Actress.

Named as best directors were Gil Portes ("Two Funerals," Directors Showcase), Sheron Dayoc ("Halaw", Full Length), and Rommel "Milo" Tolentino ("P," Short Feature).

Award-winning actor Ricky Davao, acclaimed director Jose Javier Reyes, film critic Joselito Zulueta, Japanese filmmaker Ishizaka Kenji and Italian director Italo Spinelli composed Cinemalaya 2010's jury. …