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Members of the International Film Festival Manhattan and awardees at the Philippine Center’s Kalayaan Hall in New York.


The International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) recently concluded its milestone 5th year festivities.

The SRO Awards Night and Opening Night screening of “Asintado” (Dir: Louie Ignacio) was held on Oct. 22, 2015 at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Consulate (556 5th Avenue, NYC).

The film screenings were held on Oct. 23 to 25, 2015 at the Producers Club (358 West 44th Street, NYC).

This year IFFM’s Official Media Sponsor of the festival is GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International (www.GMANetwork.com/International).

Other sponsors were Western Union, Talent and Skills and Triumvirate Entertainment.

The audience were at awe at the American and Filipino celebrities that graced the festivities.

American celebrities who attended were supermodel/actress Lydia Hearst, Hollywood actors Adam LaVorgna (7th Heaven) and Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects).

The Filipino celebs spotted at IFFM 2015 were Epy Quizon, Carlos Morales, Cherry Gil, Samantha Lopez and BB Gandanghari.

IFFM is committed in showcasing entertaining and diverse films in all genres and scope to equal the diversity of New York.

It is also committed in exploring all opportunities to promote the artists, his work, his vision, and his cause if he has any, during the showing of the films and the events during the festival.

This year IFFM featured diversified films from the USA, Israel, Belarus, Singapore, Australia and a special spotlight of the Philippines in celebration of October’s Filipino American History Month here in the USA.

The Filipino Films showcased this year are:

Feature Films:

“Asintado” Dir: Louie Ignacio
“Lihis” Dir: Joel Lamangan
“Sundalong Kanin” Dir: Janice O’Hara Produced by Sheila Bugia - Ambray

The Short Films are:

“Tunnel” Dir: CARLOS MORALES a.k.a. CARLIN CRAIG M. WOODRUFF, Jr.;
“Historic Jeddah” Dir: Jameelah  Rose del Prado Lineses;
“The End is Bigger Than Love” Dir: Joel Ruiz;
“Yolanda” Dir: Krizia May Villanueva, Jennelyn Castillejo;
“Julie” Dir: Clanch Dayve Belleza;
“The Platinum Hair” Dir: Perry Escano;
“Blade of the Maiden” Dir: Keith Sicat
The feature length Documentary about Filipino-American Jessica Cox entitled “Right Footed” Dir: Nick Spark

Filipino-American filmmakers have shorts playing at IFFM too, including:

“Wackademia” Dir: Roger Anthony
“Last Breath” Dir: Jake Ramos.

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Filipino related awardees

International Film Festival Manhattan Award Winners 2015

Honorable Mention:

Directors:
“Tunnel” Dir: Carlos Morales a.k.a. Carlin Craig M. Woodruff, Jr.
“Julie” Dir: Clanch Dayve Belleza
“Wackademia” Dir: Roger Anthony/Kristina Harris

Honorable Mention:

Most Popular Promo:

“Historic Jeddah Dir: Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses

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Honoree:

Outstanding Achievement in the Arts for Dance Performance
Christine Sienicki (Filipino American World Famous Rockette)

Special Award:

Mount Hope Project Award Achievement in Filmmaking & Social Advocacy
“Foster Dog” Dir: Lisa Alonso Vear.
(The Mount Hope Project aim to send underprivileged children to school in both elementary and college)

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IFFM 2015 Awardees

Best Student Film

“Yolanda” Dir: Krizia May Villanueva, Jennelyn Castillejo

Best Actor Short

Albert Chan Paran “Julie”

Best Director Short

“Last Breath” Dir: Jake Ramos

Best Documentary:

“Right Footed” Dir: Nick Spark about Filipino-American Jessica Cox

Best Ensemble Cast Feature

“Lihis” Director: Joel Lamangan
Joem Bascon, Jake Cuenca, Lovi Poe, Isabelee Daza, Gloria Diaz
Best Director Global
“Asintado” Dir: Louie Ignacio

Best Actress Global

Aiko Melendez “Asintado” (Philippines)

Best Actor

Jeffrey Epy Quizon “Unlucky Plaza” Singapore)

Best Feature Film Global

“Sundalong Kanin” Director: Janice O’Hara
Producer: Sheila Bugia-Ambray (Philippines)


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From left, Luis Pedron (IFFM founder), Adam LaVorgna (Honorable Mention Actor, “Stealing Chanel”), Epy Quizon (Unlucky Plaza IFFM Best Actor), Lydia Hearst (IFFM Co-Winner Best Actress, “Stealing Channel”), Albert Chan Paran (Best Actor Short Film, ”Julie”) and Gerry Balasta (IFFM co-founder).