By Naman Ramachandran — 07.12.19
The winners included director J.P. Habac’s musical comedy drama “Golden” about homeless gay seniors who reunite to perform as drag queens to pay for a new home; and Kim Zuniga and Sandro Del Rosario’s sci-fi fantasy “Indigo Children,” where a boy temporarily develops superhuman abilities after stealing an alien device.
TBA Studios for “Golden” and Wanderstruck Film Production for “Indigo Children” both received the RED Award, a camera loan package valued at SGD20,000 ($14,700). “Golden” also won the KL Post / SuperNova Award, a $14,700 post-production prize, while “Indigo Children” took home the 108 Media Award, a $20,000 distribution prize.
Rising Filipino star filmmaker Mikhail Red’s sci-fi action project “Quantum Suicide,” received the ACE Pictures Award, a production prize of $10,000.
Singapore’s Jacen Tan won the Salt Media Award, a development grant of $5,000 for comedy/drama “Basketcase.”
The AV8 Awards, training prizes worth $3,700 each, were won by Malaysia’s Feisal Azizuddin for drama “Angkat” and Indonesia’s Dinna Jasanti for cultural family drama “Watermelon.”
The winners were selected from a pool of 85 entries from 18 countries.
“This year’s edition surpassed our expectations, not only from the quality of projects at the market, but also from the buy-in from the regional industry players,” said SAAVA executive director Justin Deimen.
This article was first published here.