Teacher Jek Jumawan’s films vie for top awards in FilmFreeway’s Lockdown FilmFest

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Jek Jumawan’s Nothing Beats Oldies and Pas-An are in the official selection of films vying for multiple awards in the international festival. Photos from Jek Jumawan.

Filipino teacher Geraldo “Jek” Jumawan’s two films, Nothing Beats Oldies and Pas-An, have been officially selected to vie for top awards in “The Lockdown Film Festival” hosted by FilmFreeway.

The Lockdown Film Festival confirmed on May 28, 2020, the selection of Jek Jumawan’s two films in the official offerings of the festival which received submissions from all over the world including, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Palestine, Senegal, Italy, Russia, India, Hungary, Sweden, and the Philippines.

The Lagro High School teacher co-produced and acted in both films for which he received international recognition.

NOTHING BEATS OLDIES

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.

In the film “Nothing Beats Oldies”, the theatre and film educator portrayed the role of Lito, a 50-year-old man who has lost his drive for life.

“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,” says the film synopsis about the character.

PAS-AN

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

Jumawan portrayed Lolo Aurelio, a grandfather who is taking care of a grandson diagnosed with hemophilia. Lolo Aurelio had to carry his grandson and brought him to school every day.

Jek Jumawan shared with Good News Pilipinas how he values the new recognition. “In this time of pandemic, watching films online is an alternative. The selection of my 2 short films in The Lockdown Film Festival is a great opportunity for me showcase to the world, the culture and way of life of Filipino people.”

Both Nothing Beats Oldies and Pas-An contend for top awards including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Director.

The Lockdown Film Festival runs in association with Saxon Productions Ltd. and hosted by FilmFreeway will give out awards on June 27.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES in the comments below to teacher Jek Jumawan for his continuing showcase of Filipino talent on The Lockdown Film Festival.

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