Indie film John Denver Trending bags three international awards

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Cinemalaya 2019 Best Film John Denver Trending has been recognized in the international scene once again after winning three awards at the 26th Festival International Des Cinemas D’asie de Vesoul in Vesoul, France last Wednesday.

The movie starring Jansen Magpusao and Meryll Soriano follows the story of a 14-year-old boy whose life turned upside down after a video of him bullying his classmate went viral.

Three of the nine major awards for the Fiction Film category belonged to the Filipino drama film directed by Arden Rod Condez including the Special Jury Award, the Critics Award, and the Audience Award.

In a Facebook post, director Condez thanked the people who sent in their congratulations for the film’s newest achievement. 

“What an experience, Vesoul! Merci, Jean-Marc, Martine, Bastian, the staff and crew, and all the people in Vesoul who made a Filipino film their favorite this year,” he said.

“Three awards to bring home! Can’t wait to share this to everyone. Marami pong salamat po sa lahat ng bumati,” he added. 

What an experience, Vesoul! Merci, Jean-Marc, Martine, Bastian, the staff and crew, and all the people in Vesoul who…

Posted by Arden Rod Condez on Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Meanwhile, Liza Diño-Seguerra, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairman took pride for the local film’s achievement.

“Nakakaproud! Keep on flying high! We are proud of you!” she said in a Facebook post.

John Denver trending hauled six awards at the 2019 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Cinemalaya awards night last August 2019. 

Aside from being named the Best Film, it also took home awards such as Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music Score and the Best Actor for Jansen Magpusao, who played the title role.

The film also won Best Project at the 5th Hanoi Film Festival in Vietnam in 2019. It was also a nominee in the 24th Busan Film Festival’s Best Film category.


Lyka Nicart
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