(Eagle News) — The Philippines’ entry from INCinema, “Walang Take Two” has won two major awards from the World Film Awards in Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday night, May 30, during awarding ceremonies that recognized the independent film that had recently gained acclaim from other film festivals in London and Madrid.
The Platinum World Award was given to “Walang Take Two” director Carlo Jay Cuevas as “World Newcomer Filmmaker of the year” last night. Aside from this, the film bagged the Golden World Award for “International Film.”
It was also nominated for Best Picture this 2016.
The delegation from the film from by the the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s INCinema productions were also recognized during the awarding night, as various trophies, sashes, and pins were given to them.
Cuevas, the film, director was also given a plaque and appointed as a world peace ambassador in ceremonies Monday night, along with one of the film’s actors, Dennis “Oblax” Garcia.
The plaque and the appointment was given by an Indonesian organization, the I-Hebat International Volunteers.
These most recent awards prove that a Filipino-produced independent film can make it big in the international arena.
The awarding also coincided with the advance celebration in Jakarta, Indonesia for World Environment Day.
These new awards are in addition to the London International Film Festival Award for best director in a foreign film for “Walang Take Two” director Carlo Cuevas.
Aside from this, the film was also recently nominated for Best Film, Best Director of a Foreign Language Feature Film, and Best Cinematography in a Foreign Language Film at the prestigious Madrid International Film Festival.
The people behind “Walang Take Two” led by its director Carlo Cuevas consider all of these as blessings from God.
“This is all for God’s glory. Again, we thank the INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for giving us a chance to produce this film,” Cuevas said.
Meanwhile, the winners of the Madrid International Film Festival, where “Walang Take Two” has also been nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography in a Foreign Language Film, will be known on July 2 during the awards night in Madrid, Spain.
“Walang Take Two” currently has a spin-off situational comedy series, “Hapi ang Buhay”, being shown on Net 25, every Saturday at 4 to 5 p.m., with replays on Sunday at 9 p.m.