Two Pinoy films to compete at 14th Shanghai Film Fest
Filipino film director Sheron Dayoc’s “Halaw,” and actor-director Albert Martinez’s “Rosario” are among films set to compete at the14th Shanghai Film Festival (SIFF).
In competition for the Asian New Talent Award category, the two films will vie for the Best Film, Best Director or the Jury Prix accolades. The first two awards have been given out since 2004; the Jury Prix, on the other hand, is an irregular prize given out since 2006, skipping only once so far, in 2007.
“Halaw” (with English title “Ways of the Sea”) tackles exploitation and human trafficking. It follows the journey of several individuals as they take an arduous journey into Sabah, Malaysia. The film won Best Film and Best Director in the New Breed section of the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2010.
“Halaw” is Dayoc’s first feature film. Prior, he produced several documentaries on topics concerning Mindanao before breaking big with the critically-acclaimed short film, “Angan-Angan (Dreams),” which won Special Jury Citation at the Cinemalaya Film Festival in 2008.