Filipino-American film “Yellow Rose” has added two more awards to its credit, receiving recognition from the 23rd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) and the 2019 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF).
Vancouver’s annual celebration of Asian diaspora and diversity in film, which wrapped up November 10th, gave the People’s Choice Award for Best Overall Feature to Yellow Rose.
The musical drama film, directed by Fil-Am Diane Paragas and starring musical theatre’s star Eva Noblezada in her debut film, held its international premiere as the Closing Night Film of the 2019 VAFF, Canada’s longest-running film festival.
Prior to the VAFF, Yellow Rose was awarded “Best Narrative Feature” during the 2019 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) Opening Night Weekend on November 7.
Yellow Rose has also been honored with Best Narrative Feature Grand Jury and the Audience Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York.
The musical drama film tells the story of a Filipino girl named Rose, portrayed by Eva Noblezada, who wants to pursue her country music dreams but has her world shattered when her Filipina mom, played by veteran actress Princess Punzalan, suddenly gets picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The film stars Broadway royalty and multi-awarded Lea Salonga as Rose’s aunt. Eva Noblezada portrayed Kim in Miss Saigon, the same iconic role originated by Lea Salonga.
Yellow Rose is the Closing Night Gala Film on November 17 at the 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival. The film is nominated for the Kau Ka Hōkū Filmmaker Award, along with Filipino film Mira-Anud.
Yellow Rose was recently acquired by Sony Pictures for worldwide theatrical release, the first Filipino-American film to be released by a major Hollywood studio.
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