“Babae at Baril,” a film that revolves around an oppressed woman who finds power in owning a gun, went home with the major awards at The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP)’s first-ever virtual awards ceremony of the 43rd Gawad Urian.
“Babae at Baril’s” lead Janine Gutierrez was adjudged best actress. The film also won the Best Director trophy for Rae Red, the Best Cinematography award for Tey Clamor, Best Editing for Ilsa Malsi and Best Production Design for Eero Yves Francisco.
Elijah Canlas of “Kalel, 15” won the Best Actor trophy. The film also won the best screenplay award for writer-filmmaker Jun Robles Lana.
Cignal Entertainment, co-producer of “Babae at Baril” with EpicMedia and “Kalel, 15,” with The IdeaFirst Company and Octobertrain Films is the film and television production arm of Cignal TV, Inc. the leading pay-TV provider in the Philippines.
Maria Isabel “Belay” Santillan, vice president for Cignal Entertainment, is proud of the recognitions of “Babae at Baril” and “Kalel, 15.”
“We congratulate the talents and teams who have contributed to the success of these two formidable films. In fact, we applaud the remarkable work poured into ‘Babae at Baril’ and ‘Kalel, 15’ – both serving as testaments to Cignal Entertainment’s promise of providing Filipinos and its global audiences the finest in entertainment. We hope that these wins will not only make Filipinos proud, but also galvanize aspiring artists, filmmakers, creatives, and writers to produce content and showcase their talents,” said Santillan.
“Babae at Baril” was also the best picture in last year’s QCinema International Film Festival.
It also won the Best Actress, Best Director and the Gender Sensitivity Award. It was also one of the Philippine entries in the Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) held early this March. The movie was also chosen as the opening film in the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).
On the other hand, “Kalel, 15” took home the Best Editing award at the 59th Asia Pacific Film Festival. Jun Robles Lana won the Jury Prize for Best Director award at the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) held in Estonia. Elijah Canlas also received his first international win after being hailed as Best Actor during the 17th Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy.