Cinemalaya’s Best Film Tokwifi leads Pinoy films in finals of Bangkok Film Fest

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“Tokwifi,” “Excuse Me, Miss Miss Miss,” and To Calm the Pig Inside” in the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival finals. Photo credits to their social media.

Cinemalaya’s Best Film “Tokwifi,” “Excuse me, Miss, Miss, Miss,” and “To calm the pig inside” are finalists in the 2020 Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival.

The three Filipino short films were named on August 27, 2020, among the 15 finalists from across Asia vying for the title of Best ASEAN short film

The film entries from the Philippines will compete against films from Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Tokwifi or Star – 2019 film
by Carla Pulido Ocampo

‘Tokwifi’ or Star won the Best Film and NETPAC Jury prize in the recent Cinemalaya awards. It is about a 1950s mestiza star trapped inside a television that fell from the sky and her love story with an Igorot man from Bontoc.

Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss – 2019 film
by Sonny Calvento

“Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss” is a satirical take on the plight of contractual workers in the country and revolves around the character of “Vangie” – a miserable contractual sales lady who is about to lose her job.

To Calm the Pig Inside or “Ang Pagpapakalma sa Unos” – 2020 film
by Joanna Vasquez Arong

“To Calm the Pig Inside” was also awarded in Cinemalaya with the Special Jury Prize. It is a contemplative film of the scars the typhoon “Yolanda” left on the people of Tacloban and understand how they cope with the devastation and trauma.

Listed are the awards under three categories along with the prizes:

• Best ASEAN Short Film
Prize: 2,000 USD (around P100,00) and a trophy
• Jury Prize
Prize: 1,000 USD (around P50,000) and a trophy
• Special Mention
Prize: 500 USD (around P25,000) and a trophy

The finalists for the Best ASEAN short-film are:

“Andrew” | Singapore
“Cobalt Blue” | Myanmar
“Digital Funeral” Thailand
“Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss” | Philippines
“A Fallen Fruit” | Cambodia
“The Graduation of Edison” | Vietnam
“Here is Not There” | Singapore
“Housemaid” | Thailand
“jù rén” | Singapore
“Lanny” | Malaysia and Taiwan
“Shadow and Act” | Thailand/South Korea
“Star” | Philippines
“Stay Awake, be Ready” | Vietnam/South Korea/USA
“To Calm the Pig Inside” | Philippines
“The Unseen River” | Vietnam/Laos
The 15 selected short films will be screened on September 3-6 as part of the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2020.

The awarding ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 6 at SF World Cinema, CentralWorld.

The Descendants of the Sun Philippine remake is also nominated at the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.