The Young Critics Circle chose Qiyamah, Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s poetic depiction of a rural village haunted by the specter of the apocalypse (Qiyamah in Islam) as best film of 2012, while veteran actress Nora Aunor was chosen best performer for her role as Shaleha, a Bajau midwife, in Thy Womb. Aunor previously won the Circle’s sole acting award in 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995.
Qiyamah premiered in Davao City on June 2012 as one of the entries to the first Sineng Pambansa Film Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Qiyamah bested two other films, Arnel Mardoquio’s Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s Kalayaan.
Qiyamah was also cited in two other categories: editing and sound and aural orchestration.
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim was chosen for best screenplay (for writer/director Mardoquio), while Kalayaan garnered two awards: best cinematography and visual design, and best sound and aural orchestration.
The Circle chose its nominees from a shortlist of 9 films culled from a long list of 32 films. Each of the shortlisted films received at least one nomination.
Below is the list of nominees for all categories:
Winner: Qiyamah, directed by Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Film Development Council of the Philippines; Gutierrez Mangansakan II, producer)
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, directed by Arnel Mardoquio (Cinema One Originals, Skyweaver Productions, Red Motion Media, Hyde Out Entertainment, Alchemy of Vision and Light; Conrad Cejoco, producer; Fe Virtudazo-Hyde, co-producer; Ronald Arguelles, executive producer)
Kalayaan, directed by Adolfo Alix Jr. (Cinemalaya Foundation, Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart, Global Film Initiative, Phoenix Features, Wa Entertainment; Arleen Cuevas, producer; Kousuke Ono, Kiki Sugino, co-producers)
Winner: Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
Kristoffer King, Oros
Ama Quiambao, Diablo
Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Aparisyon
Kristofer Martin, Oros
Winner: Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Arnel Mardoquio
Aparisyon, Vincent Sandoval and Jerry Gracio
Kalayaan, Adolfo Alix Jr.
Oros, Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela
Qiyamah, Gutierrez Mangansakan II
Thy Womb, Henry Burgos
Winner: Qiyamah, Arnel Barbarona and Gutierrez Mangansakan II
Aparisyon, Jerrold Tarog and Vincent Sandoval
Jingle Lang ang Pahina, Aimee Apostol-Escasa
Kalayaan, Aleks Castañeda
Thy Womb, Kats Serraon
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND VISUAL DESIGN
Winner: Kalayaan, Albert Banzon (cinematography) and Adolfo Alix Jr. (production design)
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Arnel Barbarona and McRobert Nacario (cinematography) and Bagwani Ampalayo (production design)
Diablo, Tristan Salas (cinematography) and Cesar Hernando (production design)
Kamera Obskura, Raymond Red (cinematography), Mikey Red (art direction), Daniel Red and Cesar Hernando (production design), Edrie Ocampo and Pablo Biglang-Awa (visual effects)
Qiyamah, McRobert Nacario (cinematography) and Perry Dizon (production design)
Thy Womb, Odyssey Flores (cinematography) and Brillante Mendoza (production design)
SOUND AND AURAL ORCHESTRATION
Winners: Kalayaan, Teresa Barrozo (music) and Ditoy Aguila (sound design), and
Qiyamah, Raphael Pulgar (music) and Arnel Barbarona (sound design)
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Arbi Barbarona (sound design)
The awarding ceremony will be held last week of July 2013 at the University of the Philippines Diliman.