Pangasinan student film wins Best Documentary in Ireland

Pangasinan student film Best Documentary
Alaminos City National High School (ACNHS) students produced the award-winning docu “Sa Layag ng Bangkang Paurong” which has won the Fresh International Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland. Photos from POPCOM.

Students from the Alaminos City National High School in Pangasinan have bagged the Best International Documentary Film award for the short film “Sa Layag ng Bangkang Paurong” (The Boats That Sail Backwards) at the recently concluded Fresh International Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland.

The Filipino documentary was declared one of the international winners of this year’s edition of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards on March 28, 2021.

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According to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), the short film was produced by students from Alaminos City National High School (ACNHS) and was part of PopCom Region I’s 4th Adolescent Health and Development Film Festival in 2019.

16-year-old ACNHS student Mark Giddel Liwanag directed the fifteen-minute docu shot entirely in Alaminos City in Pangasinan, a known tourist hotspot in the Philippines. “Sa Layag ng Bangkang Paurong” tells the story of the city’s young boatmen who need to support their families while pursuing their studies.

Since its production in 2019, the film has been part of the official selections of various international film festivals in the U.S.A., Turkey, Indonesia, Germany, and Ukraine.

The Fresh International Film Festival was established in 1997 for “Young People dedicated to young filmmakers.”

Student-made films that have been screened in international film festivals include Mapua University’s student films which were showcased in the First Korea Pinoy International Film Festival (KPIFF) and the University of Santos Tomas (UST) student film “Golden” which made the finals of the Lift-Off Global Network Sessions (LOGNS) of the United Kingdom and Hollywood.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the students of Alaminos City National High School in Pangasinan who have bagged the Best International Documentary Film award for the short film “Sa Layag ng Bangkang Paurong” (The Boats That Sail Backwards) at the recently concluded Fresh International Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland.

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