By: Rohn Romulo
AWARD winning director Brillante Mendoza’s film, ALPHA, The Right To Kill wins Special Jury Prize – the second most important award at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival.
The San Sebastián International Film Festival is an annual international film festival held in the Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country. Since its creation in 1953, it has been established itself as one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, being one of only 14 “A” category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).
This is the first time that a Filipino film is selected as a Main Competition film in this prestigious festival. It is also a first time for Director Mendoza to participate in San Sebastian.
“We would like to extend our congratulations to team Alpha, specially to Director Brillante Mendoza who has always been bringing honor to our country through his films. We won in San Sebastian Film Festival and I am excited for our Filipino films as they compete in international film festivals. FDCP is here to support Filipino films and filmmakers. Lets continue to be bold and share our stories to the world,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.
Last year, the Philippine entry in the New Directors Section, Pailalim directed by Daniel Palacio won Special Mention Fedeora Award in San Sebastian International Film Festival.
ALPHA, The Right To Kill is included in the special screening at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival this October in Busan, South Korea.