‘Metro Manila’ tops British Independent Film Awards

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“Metro Manila” was named Best British Independent Film at the recent British International Film Awards (BIFA) held at Old Billingsgate, London last Dec. 8.


The Filipino-inspired film ended up as BIFA’s biggest winner, snagging two other major awards, namely Best Director for Sean Ellis, and Best Achievement in Production.

“This year our independent jury had an extremely tough job, they were asked to choose from an impressive pool of talent and creativity in a year where the diversity of storytelling is more extreme than ever…” read part of the BIFA joint directors’ statement in its official website.

BIFA acknowledges “an independent film industry which encompasses so many different cultures, personalities, visions and voices,” leading to Britain “producing a new generation of fearless artists both behind and in front of the camera who represent that richness of our diverse British society. With so many of the films exploring themes about being less judgmental and more forgiving, this perhaps reflects a movement within British independent filmmaking that brings much hope for the future.”

“Metro Manila” chronicles the hopeful protagonist Oscar Ramirez (played by Jake Macapagal), and his family’s transition from a rural setting to the erratic metro jungle.

Jake and co-star John Arcilla were also nominated in the Most Promising Newcomer and Best Supporting Actor categories, respectively, but failed to win.


“Metro Manila” is the United Kingdom’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film in next year’s 86th Academy Awards. Manila Bulletin

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