The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers has named the 2020 prize winners in the first year of the inaugural Pinoy Rebyu Awards. Alyx Ayn Arumpac’s searing look at the dark innards of Duterte’s war on drugs, Aswang, bagged the Best Film Award, along with Best Editing, Best First Feature, and Best Documentary.
Dodo Dayao’s metaphysical horror-thriller, Midnight in a Perfect World, took just as many awards, with Dayao winning Best Director, and his team winning Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, and Best Ensemble Performance.
Other films that won include Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca, Antoinette Jadaone’s Fan Girl, and Lawrence Fajardo’s Kintsugi. The acting awards, all notably ungendered, went to Charlie Dizon (Fan Girl) and Phi Palmos (Kintsugi), winning Best Lead Performance and Best Supporting Performance, respectively.
The winners have been decided amongst a panel of 53 avid film reviewers of Philippine cinema (including yours truly). The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers “aims to promote local film through advocating for film education, preservation, criticism, and exhibition of Philippine cinema.”
Here’s the full list of winners:
BEST FILM: Aswang
BEST DIRECTOR: Dodo Dayao, Midnight in a Perfect World
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE: Charlie Dizon, Fan Girl
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE: Phi Palmos, Kintsugi
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE: Main cast of Midnight in a Perfect World
BEST SCREENPLAY: Lingua Franca (Isabel Sandoval)
BEST EDITING: Aswang (Anne Fabini and Fatima Bianchi)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Midnight in a Perfect World (Albert Banzon and Gym Lumbera)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Midnight in a Perfect World (Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Midnight in a Perfect World (Erwin Romulo, Malek Lopez, and Juan Miguel Sobrepeña)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Aswang
BEST FIRST FEATURE: Aswang (Alyx Ayn Arumpac)
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM: Happy Old Year
BEST SHORT FILM: Bullet-laced Dreams