Actor Jek Jumawan, Aria movie win Lake City International Film Festival in India

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Carlo Enciso Catu and Ferdy Lapuz’s “Aria” feature film and Jek Jumawan of the short film “Nothing Beats Oldies” win awards in India. Photos from Jek Jumawan.

Filipino filmmakers have won major awards at the just-concluded Lake City International Film Festival in India.

“Aria” won the Best Film award in the International Category for Features in the festival which screened films from December 22-23 in Delhi.

Aria, a movie directed by Carlo Enciso Catu and produced by Ferdinand “Ferdy” Lapuz for Holy Angel University and the Center for Kapampangan Studies, is presented as a film about “the best and worst of times that just got worse” as the Japanese invaded the Philippines.

The Philippines’ Geraldo “Jek” Jumawan was awarded the Special Mention citation as Best Actor for his role as “Lito” in the short film “Nothing Beats Oldies” directed by Kapampangan filmmaker Clarklouis Sanchez and co-produced by Jumawan and Sanchez..

Nothing Beats Oldies’ film synopsis describes Jumawan’s “Lito doesn’t have a dream anymore, he often waste his time watching movies with Black, his friend. Time after time however, he realized that there’s something missing. After a long time of being and separated with Tina, Lito on his mid 50s decided to reconcile with her.”

Filmmaker and Lagro High School theatre and film teacher Jek Jumawan shared to Good News Pilipinas how he values the new award for his acting skills. “An award whether in local or international, is only a bonus. The significance of this to me as an educator and filmmaker is that the my films will be shown to many people, and be appreciated. The values and cultures of the Filipinos in the film will be shared and showcased in the international audience.”

Earlier this year, Jek Jumawan was chosen by the United Kingdom-based Indie Film Chart as Best Actor awardee for his performance in “Pas-an” (Carried Burden), an advocacy short film he also co-authored and co-directed.

Ferdy Lapuz’s “School Service” won the Gold Remi in the Foreign Section of the
2019 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.

WATCH the trailer of Aria here and SEND congratulations in the comments below to Ferdy Lapuz and Jek Jumawan and their film teams for raising the Philippine flag in India!

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