Pinoy animated film ‘Ang Lihim ni Lea’ bags 9 prestigious international awards

Ang Lihim ni Lea
‘Ang Lihim ni Lea’ is the recipient of 9 prestigious international awards for its brave take on the issue of child sexual abuse. Photo from Eugene Domingo’s Instagram.

Pinoy animated short film ‘Ang Lihim ni Lea’ has won nine prestigious international awards for its brave take on the issue of child sexual abuse.

The literary adaptation of the short film, written by “Bayan ng Basura” author Augie Rivera in 2007, tackled the awareness of child sexual abuse and empowering the victims to speak out.

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‘Ang Lihim ni Lea’ with the international title “Lea’s Secret” has gained multiple recognitions to which the latest are the Grand Prize Animation: Silk Road Award at the Cannes International Independent Film Festival and Best Short Film Animation at Buenos Aires International Film Festival announced on October 2020.

The Pinoy animated short film revolved around an innocent girl [Lea] who believed she acquired the power to pass through walls and closed doors only to be found out by her teacher that it was her coping mechanism to survive the abuse of her father.

‘Survivor Philippines’ and ‘Amazing Earth’ director Rico Gutierrez directed the acclaimed short film which earned him the Best Director award at Top Shorts Film Festival.

“Naiisip ko lang na ’yung tema at saka napakatapang niya para mapag-usapan, I think ’yun yung nakikita ng ibang festivals,” said director Rico Gutierrez.

The award-winning short film was packed with talented voice actresses including Eugene Domingo as the narrator, Alessandra de Rossi as Lea’s teacher, and comedienne Candy Pangilinan as the mother.

The following are the complete list of ‘Ang Lihim ni Lea’s 2020 international awards:

  • Cannes International Independent Film Festival (Silk Road Award) – Grand Prize Animation
  • Buenos Aires International Film Festival – Best Short Film Animation
  • New York International Film Awards – Best Original Story/ Grand Jury Award Best Animation
  • Oniros Film Festivals – Best Original Story/ Best Main Theme
  • American Golden Picture International Film Festival – Best Animated Short
  • Independent Shorts Awards – Best Children Short
  • Indie Short Fest – Best Children Short
  • Europe Film Festival – Best Creative
  • Top Shorts Film Festival – Best Director / Honorable mention at Best Animation

More Filipino productions have gained worldwide recognition, including, Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca, and the ‘Jake and Charice’ documentary.

WATCH the trailer here and SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Pinoy animated short film ‘Ang Lihim ni Lea’ for winning 9 prestigious international awards.

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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.