Magazine article Screen International

Philippines' ’Dear Wormwood’ Wins Best Project at Macao Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Philippines' ’Dear Wormwood’ Wins Best Project at Macao Film Festival

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IFFAM Project Market also handed awards to projects from South Africa, Australia-Japan and Portugal.

Dodo Dayao’s Filipino project Dear Wormwood picked up the Best Project Award, which comes with a cash prize of $15,000, at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) Project Market last night (December 8).

The jury comprised Singaporean director-producer Eric Khoo, Berlinale EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Shozo Ichiyama, head of Tokyo Filmex and producer/CEO of Kino International.

Produced by Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew and Patti Lapus, Dear Wormwood explores how the lives of five women in the remote Philippine mountains are endangered when a cataclysmic event causes time to behave malevolently, threatening to tear reality apart. The jury lauded the project for “its surreal depiction of nature and fear”.

Dayao thanked the jury as well as the organisers “and my fellow filmmakers for making this project market such a fun place to be.”

Producer Bradley Liew, speaking to Screendaily, said: “It’s a wonderful starting point for the project. This kind of project market is good for Dodo’s creativity. It has such energy and the meetings were great. We feel a lot of potential for international collaboration. We’re excited to start shooting the film at the end of next year if everything goes well.”

The Creative Excellence Award ($10,000) went to South African project The Day And Night Of Brahma, from director Sheetal Magan and producer Sheetal Magan. …

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