Brillante Mendoza’s Mindanao is official Philippine entry to Oscars 2021

Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 (MMFF) Best Picture Mindanao has been selected as the country’s official entry to the Best International Feature Film Category of the 93rd Academy Awards or the Oscars.

The Film Academy of the Philippines made the announcement on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

“We are pleased to announce the selection of the feature film, Mindanao, as the Philippines’ official entry to the 93rd OSCARS International Feature Film category.”

“Congratulations and best wishes,” the Facebook post read. 

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 93rd Oscars ceremony has been moved to April 25, 2021 from its previous date of February 28 of the same year. 

Meanwhile, Mindanao star Judy Ann Santos shared the good news via an Instagram post, saying: “Sooo much to be grateful for. ❤️❤️ Congratulations Team Mindanao!”

The drama film tells the story of a mother (Judy Ann Santos) who cares for her cancer-stricken daughter while waiting for her military medic husband (Allen Dizon) to come home. 

Mindanao dominated the 2019 MMFF awards night after winning Best Actor (Allen), Best Actress (Judy Ann), Best Child Performer (Yuna Tangod), FPJ Memorial Award, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Gender Sensitivity Award and Best Float. 

It also won awards for Best Actress and Best Artistic Contribution at the Cairo International Film.

Mindanao is directed by Cannes International Film Festival 2009 Best Director Brillante Mendoza. The 2020 Oscars entry, Raymund Gutierrez’s Verdict, was produced under Brillante’s film company Centerstage.  

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