'John Denver Trending' wins top prize in Cinemalaya Awards 2019

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Cinemalaya Awards 2019 Best Actor for 'John Denver Trending'

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, ‪August 12‬) - 'John Denver Trending,' a film about a 14-year-old farm boy’s life after a video of him bullying a classmate went viral, dominated this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival awards show on Sunday.

Directed by Arden Rod Condez, the film took home some of the night’s biggest awards including Best Film for the full-length category, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Original Musical Score, Best Editing, NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury prize.

It was also a big win for 'Iska,' which is about an autistic child’s poor but loving grandmother who lost everything. It bagged the Best Sound Design, Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards.

Here is the complete list of winners:


Best Film: 'John Denver Trending'

Best Director: Eduardo Roy Jr. for 'F**cbois'

Best Actor: Jansen Magpusao for 'John Denver Trending'

Best Actress: Ruby Ruiz for 'Iska'

Best Supporting Actor: Ricky Davao for 'Fu**bois'

Best Supporting Actress: Ella Cruz for 'Edward'

Audience Choice Award: Belle Douleur

Best Cinematography: Rommel Sales for 'John Denver Trending'

Best Sound Design: 'Iska'

Best Original Musical Score: 'John Denver Trending'

Best Production Design: 'Edward'

Best Editing: Benjo Ferrer III for 'John Denver Trending'

Best Screenplay: Mary Rose Colindres for 'Iska'

NETPAC Award: 'John Denver Trending'

Special Jury Commendation: 'Diconnection Notice'

Special Jury Award: 'Edward'


Best Short Feature: Wag Mo Akong Kausapin

Best Screenplay: Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Niya

Best Director: Don Senoc

Audience Choice Award: Heist School

NETPAC Award: Disconnection Notice

Best Director: Don Senoc for 'Sa Among Agwat'

Special Jury Award: 'Tembong'

CNN Philippines' correspondent Tristan Nodalo contributed to this report.