Ilo Ilo bags three awards at Pacific Meridian Film Festival
Ilo Ilo has continued to impress audiences around the world since director Anthony Chen brought home the coveted Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The local film has successfully clinched three huge awards at the 11th Pacific Meridian Film Festival, as Anthony gleefully shared with us via a text message this evening: Best Feature, Best Actress for star Yeo Yann Yann, and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award.
The film festival is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most prominent film events and has been held in Vladivostok, Russia every year since its inception in 2003. The Best Feature Award carries a 625,000 Russian rubles (about S$24,000) cash prize, while the Best Actress Awards has 250,000 Russian rubles (about S$9,700).
The contenders Ilo Ilo went up against include South Korea’s Breathe Me, Russia’s Shame, Canada’s Daybreak and Peru’s The Companion. The jury for the film festival consists of an international panel of noted industry experts, such as Komaki Kurihara, Xie Fei, Darcy Paquet and Riri Riza.
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The cast and director at the gala premiere in August.
Anthony, who is currently in Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival, said: “I'm so heartened that our humble Singapore film has once again moved jury members so far away and I'm even more happy for Yann Yann's win on the Best Actress award. There has been a lot of praise accorded to the film in recent months but I'm so glad Yann Yann is finally getting formal recognition for her hard work and generosity on ILO ILO. It is the efforts of so many people including cast and crew that made ILO ILO what it is. I'm both grateful and thankful.”
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