Last Monday, November 14, 2022, FilAm Creative (FAC) returned this year, and this time as a Silver Partner with Asian World Film Festival (November 9-18) to celebrate Philippines Film Day again on November 12 (Myx) & 14 (FAC).
New FAC Executive Director Mark J. LaBella and former FAC Executive Director Charles Gray (currently Producer/ Writer/ Director and Director of Content at Character Media) joined together to create and curate the Filipino American programming throughout the entire weekend. Great to see our creative community come together and support each other.
FilAm Creative (FAC) is a Los Angeles-based non-profit community organization dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the media and entertainment industry.
The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles in order to draw greater recognition to the region’s wealth of filmmakers, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries.
Celebrating Filipino-American talent, we presented the community’s best shorts on the Big Screen at the AMC Marina Marketplace 6 in Marina Del Rey, California on a Monday afternoon.
“It was great to get out and support my fellow filmmakers, see old friends and meet new ones [yesterday] at the Asian World Film Festival in Marina Del Rey.” said Latin Grammy winning singer/songwriter Dale Edward Chung.
A full house of attendees watched all eleven selected short films which ranged from various genres: animation, drama, sci-fi/action, historical, comedy and more. Afterwards, FAC’s Mark J. LaBella and CEO of Social Dragon PR and one of the film festival’s judges MJ Racadio announced the winners of the FilAm Creative Shorts Awards.
FilAm Creative Shorts Awards Winners at the 2022 Asian World Film Festival
Best Short: “No Dogs”
Producers Randal Kamradt, Georgina Tolentino
Best Director: Randal Kamradt (“No Dogs”)
Best Actor: Lawrence Sharma (“Remittance”)
Best Actress: Princess Punzalan (“Self Storage”)
Best Screenplay: “Beauty Queen”
Screenwriters Myra Aquino and Eric Hwang
A few of the winners on the red carpet with press.
“‘No Dogs’ won the FilAm Creative Shorts Awards for both Best Short Film and Best Director! We were stunned and felt truly honored and watching ‘No Dogs’ on the big screen again I felt such pride in what we created.” said filmmaker Randal Kamradt. “We were stunned to win the awards! Thank you to the judges, and congratulations to our fellow winners!”
“To hear the audience react to the film on the big screen was gold! “Self Storage” had an awesome premiere at the Asian World Film Festival and Princess Punzalan won Best Actress for her performance in it.” said filmmaker Rommel Andaya.
“A huge thank you to FilAm Creative, Asian World Film Festival, Mark J. LaBella and Charles Gray for such a memorable screening! We had so much fun screening “Remittance” and seeing our friends Randal Kamradt win Best Director & Best Film as well as Rommel Andaya’s film winning Best Actress! What an honor to be surrounded by such prolific filmmakers and storytellers. So inspired and ready to keep sharing our Filipino films!! Proud as heck of our lead actor, Law Sharma winning Best Actor. Seeing our work on the big screen surrounded by so much genuine love and support was life changing.” said filmmaker Ashleigh Coffelt.
Closing November 14th at 5:00pm (PT) was the U.S. Premiere of “On The Job: The Missing 8” written and directed by Pinoy filmmaker Erik Matti (2018’s “BuyBust,” 2016’s “Seklusyon,” 2013’s “On The Job”). The film is the Philippines’ Official Submission for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards® in March 2023.
And, after the premiere screening and the Q&A with Erik Matti, everyone heads to the after party sponsored by Star Cinema’s new romantic comedy film, “An Inconvenient Love” starring Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano (Release date: November 25, 2022).
Photos from the afterparty…
Summary by Edwin A. Santos
Sunday, November 20, 2022
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