Carlo Francisco Manatad wins Best Director for Daniel Padilla-starrer in London

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Daniel Padilla stars in Whether the Weather is Fine directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad. Photos from LEAFF.

Filipino filmmaker Carlo Francisco Manatad has won the Best Director award at the recently concluded London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) for his debut feature, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather is Fine), starring Daniel Padilla.

Whether the Weather is Fine also stars Charo Santos-Concio and Rans Rifol and is set against the backdrop of Manatad’s hometown of Tacloban which was severely damaged when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in 2013.

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Manatad bagged the top prize in the 6th edition of the festival which screened films from across East Asia to London from October 21 to 31, 2021.

The festival jury, composed of Nick James, Hannah McGill, and Damon Wise, commended the Filipino director, describing his film as “a remarkable, personal, and extraordinary debut feature.”

“One film impressed us above all with is blend of the fantastical with the painfully true, and the delicate with the epic. We particularly commend this director on an extraordinary accomplished debut feature, one to which he has a deep personal connection,” the LEAFF’s website said about Manatad’s film.

Established in 2015, the LEAFF aims to display the diversity and excellence of East Asian filmmaking. It aims to present an eclectic line-up of films from over 13 countries to showcase the artistry of the region and its people.

Filipino directors who have won top awards from prestigious festivals include Lav Diaz at the Venice Film Festival and Erik Matti at the inaugural Content Asia Awards.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipino filmmaker Carlo Francisco Manatad for winning the Best Director award at the recently concluded London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) for his debut feature, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather is Fine).

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