‘Edward’, ‘Lingua Franca’ top YCC nominations for 2019

13 May

Edward, Thop Nazareno’s Cinemalaya entry about a teenage boy’s coming-of-age in a public hospital, and Lingua Franca, Isabel Sandoval’s QCinema exhibition film about a trans woman’s struggle to obtain legal status in Trump-era America, top the nominations of the Young Critics Circle Film Desk, garnering 6 citations apiece, including for Best Film. 

Stills from Edward (left) and Lingua Franca, both nominated for Best Film


Eight other films received nominations across the critics group’s seven categories. The only other nominee for Best Film is Verdict, directed by debuting filmmaker Raymund Ribay Gutierrez.

For Best Performance (given to either lead or support, or to individual or ensemble), the nominees are Louise Abuel (Edward), Gio Gahol (Sila-Sila), Royce Cabrera and Kokoy de Santos (duo performance for Fuccbois), Max Eigenmann and Kristoffer King (duo performance for Verdict), Jansen Magpusao (John Denver Trending), and Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca).

YCC considered 138 films released commercially in 2019 and narrowed them down to a long list of 18 films. After months of review and deliberations, the long list was further narrowed down to a shortlist of 10 films. Per YCC rules, all nominations except for Best First Feature should come from the shortlisted films.

Winners will be announced over the weekend.

Below is the list of nominations:



Edward, directed by Thop Nazareno 

Lingua Franca, directed by Isabel Sandoval 

Verdict, directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez 



Louise Abuel, Edward

Royce Cabrera and Kokoy de Santos (duo performance), Fuccbois

Max Eigenmann and Kristoffer King (duo performance), Verdict

Gio Gahol, Sila-Sila

Jansen Magpusao, John Denver Trending

Isabel Sandoval, Lingua Franca



Cleaners (Glenn Barit)

Edward (Thop Nazareno, John Bedia, and Denise O’Hara)

Fuccbois (Eduardo Roy, Jr.)

John Denver Trending (Arden Rod Condez)

Lingua Franca (Isabel Sandoval)

Verdict (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez)



A Is for Agustin (Johnny Bassett)

Cleaners (Noah Loyola and Che Tagyamon)

Edward (JR Cabrera and Thop Nazareno)

For My Alien Friend (Jet Leyco)

Fuccbois (Carlo Francisco Manatad)

John Denver Trending (Benjo Ferrer)

Lingua Franca (Isabel Sandoval)

No Data Plan (Miko Revereza)

Verdict (Diego Marx Dobles)



A Is for Agustin (cinematography: Kara Moreno and Grace Pimentel Simbulan)

Cleaners (cinematography: Steven Evangelio; production design: Alvin Francisco)

Edward (cinematography: Kara Moreno; production design: Alvin Francisco)

For My Alien Friend (cinematography: Jet Leyco)

Fuccbois (cinematography: Albert Banzon; production design: Carmela Danao)

John Denver Trending (cinematography: Rommel Sales; production design: Harley Alcasid)

Lingua Franca (cinematography: Isaac Banks; production design: Maxwell Nalevansky and Clint Ramos)

No Data Plan (cinematography: Miko Revereza)

Verdict (cinematography: Joshua Reyles; production design: Ryan Faustino)



Cleaners (music curation: Glenn Barit; sound editing: Daryl Libongco, Nicole Amores, RJ Cantos, Aeriel Ellyzon Mallari; re-recording mixing: John Michael Perez)

Edward (original score: Pepe Manikan; sound design: Russel Gabayeron and Immanuel Verona)

Fuccbois (original score: Andrew Florentino; sound design: Immanuel Verona)

John Denver Trending (original score: Len Calvo; sound editing: Mikko Quizon; re-recording mixing: Kathrine Ariane Salinas)

Lingua Franca (original score: Teresa Barrozo; sound design: Albert Michael Idioma)



A Is for Agustin (Grace Pimentel Simbulan)

Cleaners (Glenn Barit)

John Denver Trending (Arden Rod Condez)

No Data Plan (Miko Revereza)

Verdict (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez)


Posted by on 13 May 2020 in 2019 Citations, Philippine Film


2 responses to “‘Edward’, ‘Lingua Franca’ top YCC nominations for 2019

  1. Jay Delos Reyes

    14 May 2020 at 12:54 PM

    is there a way to know which 8 long list films failed to make it to your short list? just curious if there’s a mainstream 2019 film that somehow “almost impressed” the YCC last year. thanks.

    • yccfilmdesk

      15 May 2020 at 2:03 PM

      Hello, Jay. We will post our reviews of both long-listed and shortlisted films starting next month. Thanks!


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