Vilma Santos, Jasmine Curtis-Smith lead 2013 Cinemalaya winners

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MANILA – Actresses Vilma Santos, Irma Adlawan and Jasmine Curtis-Smith won the top acting awards at the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on Sunday.


Vilma won the Best Actress award in the Directors Showcase category for her performance in Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra.”

“Ekstra” also received the Best Supporting Actress award (for Ruby Ruiz), the Audience Choice award, and the Special Jury Prize

But it was Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati” that dominated the Directors Showcase category. The film won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (for TJ Trinidad). It also received all the category’s technical awards.

No winner was declared in the Directors Showcase Best Actor category.


'I really did not expect this'

In the New Breed category, Hannah Espia’s “Transit” was received the Best Film and Best Director awards.

“Transit” stars Irma Adlawan and Jasmine Curtis-Smith won the category’s Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards.

“I really did not expect this. When I went to the audition, sabi ko lang, ‘Hey, just go in there and see what you can do. And kung may film ka this year, go ahead and do your best’,” she said during her acceptance speech.

Jasmine further said, “The experience was more than I wanted. I’m looking forward to more projects with Cinemalaya.”

“Thank you to everyone who helped me become the person that I am now and the actress that I am now.”

The cast of “Transit” also received a Certificate of Recognition for Ensemble acting.

Transsexual actor Mimi Jureaza was named Best Actor for the film “Quick Change,” while comedian Joey Paras was named Best Supporting Actor for the film “Babagwa.”

There were five films in the Directors Showcase category and 10 films in the New Breed category. (philstar.com)

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