Winners of the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival

Congratulations to The Janitor for winning 5 Directors Showcase awards. The technical nods are well-deserved, and Nicco Manalo‘s performance as the witness is compelling.

Best Sound – The Janitor

Best Editing – Tara Illenberger, The Janitor

Best Screenplay – Aloy Adlawan and Michael Tuviera, The Janitor

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Nicco Manalo, The Janitor

Best Director – Michael Tuviera, The Janitor

Directed by Joselito Altarejos, Kasal, the film about the life of a gay couple and the trails they face, won the Directors Showcase Best Film.

Best Musical Score – Richard Gonzales, Kasal

Best Production Design – Harley Alcasid, Kasal

Best Cinematography – Mycko David, Kasal

Best Film – Kasal

For the New Breed category, Bwaya, the story of a mother dealing with her daughter’s disappearance said to be caused by a crocodile attack, won Best Film.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Cinemalaya X: The Janitor

The Janitor, directed by Michael Tuviera, is about Crisanto Espina, masterfully played by Dennis Trillo, a cop on suspension that cleans out the suspects in a crime inspired by true events that happened in 2008. Like most films inspired by true stories, it offers a disturbing perspective or two of the truth behind the shocking crime that’s said to be the bloodiest bank robbery in the country.

This thriller and suspense action Cinemalaya entry has a way of creeping up on you in how it unfolds each page of the story. Even if we, the viewers think we know what would happen next, it continued to surprise and keep us on the edges of our seats hoping for Dennis Trillo to get out of the film alive.

Catch The Janitor and all the other Cinemalaya entries up to August 10, 2014 in the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select Ayala malls in Metro Manila.