The Daily Manila Shimbun


MMDA-sponsored film wins big at Texas Filmfest

April 20, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority ( MMDA) and Metro Manila Film Festival ( MMFF) executivecCommittee extend its congratulations to MMFF 2018 entry "Rainbow's Sunset" after it emerged as a winner at the 52nd Annual WorldFest in Houston, Texas last Sunday.

The MMDA, through the MMFF, backed up last year's filmfest best picture winner as it competed in Texas.

Directed by Joel Lamangan, the film which is about an aging man's admission to his family about his romantic feelings towards his childhood best friend, won the Special Jury Prize.

It also bagged the Gold Remi award for best story innovation (for screenwriter Eric Ramos) and best actors award shared by lead stars Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa.

MMDA and concurrent MMFF chairman Danilo Lim said throwing support for local films' international screenings and joining international film festivals are ways to showcase the Filipino talent to the world.

"We are very proud of Rainbow's Sunset's success in the Annual WorldFest. Those awards go to show that Filipino films are indeed world class," he said.

"The MMDA and the MMFF will continue to back up our local films and filmmakers for the Philippines to have its rightful place in global filmmaking industry."

The Annual WorldFest in Houston is the third oldest film festival in the United States.

Rainbow's Sunset bagged a number of awards from the MMFF 2018 last December including best screenplay, best actress, and best supporting actor and actress among others. Garcia also won the Special Jury Prize, together with co-star Max Collins. DMS