Six Filipinos received major awards from the 3rd ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards 2017 (AIFFA 2017) held May in Kuching, Malaysia.
Six awards were given to the Philippine entries out of 18 nominations at the AIFFA 2017.
Popular comedienne Ai Ai DeLas Alas bagged the Best Actress award for her role as an ageing woman trying to get away from a life of prostitution in the movie, Area.
Louie Ignacio received the Best Director trophy for the same film, Area.
Ana Capri won the Best Supporting Actress award for the film, “Laut.”
Ricky Davao received the Best Supporting Actor for “Dayang Asu.”
Lawrence Fajardo won the Best Editing award for “Imbisibol.”
Lav Diaz was honored with a special citation for “Ang Babaeng Humayo” which has been receiving several international acclaim.
The AIFFA which is on its third run since it was first held in 2013, offers a platform to promote ASEAN films to the international market, facilitate collaborations among ASEAN film industry members, and provide business opportunities for film exhibitors and distributors.
In 2015 the Philippines received 5 trophies, with Cherie Gil bagging the Best Actress trophy, and a Lifetime Achievement award for Nora Aunor.
The Philippine trophies at the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards “furthers the art and craft of ASEAN filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers and all artistes who use the language of film to tell a story,” according to AIFFA.